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Standing for Democracy

José Ramos-Horta, Chairman of The Community’s Advisory Board, is a founding father of our millennium’s first new democracy, Timor-Leste. A freedom fighter whose work was integral to lifting a 24-year occupation of his nation, he was awarded the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize for his work. He then served as Prime Minister and President of the new nation.

At the end of his term he was asked by the UN Secretary General to service as Special Representative of the Secretary General to Guinea Bissau, where he helped to sherpherd the nation from a military coup through democratic elections and the reimplentation of democracy. He co-chaired the UN High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations.

Serving and aiding his people as one his nation’s valued “elders,” Ramos-Horta continues to use his international recognition and wisdom to support democracies under threat around our world. Some highlights of his recent work: 

Global Leaders to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed: Stop the Atrocities in Tigray

Seven highly respected international leaders in conflict resolutions, including José Ramos-Horta, former President of Timor-Leste and 1996 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, have issued a call to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for immediate action to bring a halt to the atrocities being committed in the Tigray region of his nation.

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Human Security as a Pathway to a Peaceful Myanmar

Human Security as a Pathway to a Peaceful Myanmar

by Tarja Halonen and José Ramos-HortaOriginally published in Newsweek Magazine. Link below. There are solutions for the crisis in Myanmar. They depend on the Tatmadaw, the country's military forces, moving into the 21st century and realizing that security can no...

Myanmar: What Now?

Myanmar: What Now?

Originally published in Wall Street International Magazine (link below) On 3rd March 2021, wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the message “everything will be okay”, 19 year old dancer Ma Kyal Sin participated in a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Mandalay. The...

A World Adrift: Challenges and Leadership

A World Adrift: Challenges and Leadership

Originally published on Wall Street International Magazine. Link below. Sheltered in this tranquil, magic Far East land, I follow developments across the globe, in particular the Covid-19 onslaught, and now with new mutations and variations. And whenever I shared...

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Myanmar: What Now?

Myanmar: What Now?

Originally published in Wall Street International Magazine (link below) On 3rd March 2021, wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the message “everything will be okay”, 19 year old dancer Ma Kyal Sin participated in a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Mandalay. The...

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329 Candidates for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

329 Candidates for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee says there are 329 candidates, including 234 individuals and 95  organizations, that were nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by the Feb. 1 deadline. COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (AP) — The Norwegian Nobel Committee said Monday that there are...

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