Foreign Minister for East Timor, Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta on September 20;

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture will host the foreign minister of East Timor, the world's newest democracy, on September 20. Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m., followed by a brief lecture and a question period. The public is invited to these events in the first floor browsing area of the UMass Dartmouth library.

UMass Dartmouth to host Nobel laureate Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta on September 20; Ramos-Horta is Foreign Minister for East Timor 

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture will host the foreign minister of East Timor, the world’s newest democracy, on September 20. Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m., followed by a brief lecture and a question period. The public is invited to these events in the first floor browsing area of the UMass Dartmouth library. 

University of Massachusetts President William M. Bulger and state Representative Antonio F.D. Cabral will introduce Dr. Ramos-Horta. 

“In a world still grappling with the repercussions of September 11, Dr. Ramos-Horta is a symbol of hope for the triumph of democracy, the rule of law and Human Rights,” said Professor Frank Sousa, director of the center. This is Dr. Ramos-Horta’s third formal visit to UMD, and his first since the success of his tireless efforts to establish his homeland as a democracy, Sousa said. 

The Democratic Republic of East Timor was recognized internationally and its constitution ratified on May 20, 2002. 

Dr. Ramos-Horta spent 25 years in exile working to free East Timor, a former Portuguese colony, which declared its independence on November 28, 1975, only to be seized by Indonesia nine days later. More than 200,000 East Timorese died during the island’s struggle to regain its independence. In 1996, he won the Nobel Prize for Peace in recognition of his humanitarian efforts.


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