Feb 13, 2008

Ramos-Horta: A Personal Insight From UNPO Honorary President

As President José Ramos-Horta remains in a serious but stable condition in Australia, fresh details of the attempt on his life on Monday continue to emerge.

As President José Ramos-Horta remains in a serious but stable condition in Australia, fresh details of the attempt on his life on Monday continue to emerge.  According to a series of eyewitnesses, the president returned to his residence, the scene of an initial failed attempt on his life, to protect the life of his teenage niece and in a vain effort to negotiate with renegade rebel leader, Alfredo Reinado.


Commenting on President Ramos-Horta’s actions, Honorary President of UNPO, Mr Erkin Alptekin, stated today that:


“Having previously had the honour to work alongside José Ramos-Horta at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization and many other international bodies and gatherings, I know him to be a man of the highest integrity and moral purpose.


His actions on that fateful day in some measure do not surprise me at all.  As a good friend and close associate I know of the costs he had to bear, personally and professionally, during the protracted campaign for Timor-Leste’s self-determination. 


José Ramos-Horta is a rare breed of politician who is much needed and valued in the Democratic Republic of Limor-Leste.  I wish to join with countless others throughout the world in condemning the senseless violence against an elected head of state and in wishing him a swift return to good health.”


Adding his voice to Mr Alptekin’s statement, Mr Rupayan Dewan, Central Committee Member of the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and fellow founding member of UNPO, stated:

“I am shocked and deeply touched by the heinous attack on East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta at his home for which he has succumbed critical injury […] Jose Ramos-Horta, the leader of the independence movement of East Timor and a Nobel peace laureate, a champion of democracy and a human rights defender was a strong supporter of the Jumma Nation of CHT (Chittagong Hill Tracts) and its movement led by the PCJSS while both were fighting for their national rights as co-members of UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation in the Hague) […]


The Jumma nation prays for life of Jose Ramos-Horta so that he can lead his young nation in his newly independent country and also can play a vital role for making the world a peaceful place for the survival of all peoples whether small or big, strong or weak. I, as a PCJSS central committee member and a Jumma share concern with his family and friends and strongly condemn the heinous rebel attacks.”



Until its achievement of independence in 2002, East Timor was a member of UNPO and since then the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste has continued to support the activities of UNPO and its Members.

For more detailed biographical detail on the life and work of President Jose Ramos-Horta, please refer to the following sources:


BBC Profile: José Ramos-Horta


José Ramos-Horta: Official Website