Bishop Belo and Ramos-Horta Share 1996 Nobel Peace Prize
October 11, 1996, OSLO (Reuter)
Bishop Carlos Belo and Jose Ramos-Horta shared the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize, the
Norwegian Nobel Committee said Friday.
They shared the prize "for their work toward a just and peaceful solution to the
conflict in East Timor," Committee Chairman Francis Sejersted said. Sejersted said
the committee had tried in vain to telephone Belo and Ramos-Horta to tell them they had
won the prestigious prize. "Belo...has been the foremost representative of the people
of East Timor. At the risk of his own life, he has tried to protect his people from
infringements by those in power," the committee said in a statement.
Belo, East Timor's outspoken, and often fiery Roman Catholic
bishop, is long used to walking a tightrope between his flock and the government. The
committee said Ramos-Horta "has been the leading international spokesman for East
Timor's cause since 1975 when Indonesia took control of East Timor."
See also Estafeta article:
Sanitized by the Nobel Prize
ETAN Media Release: East Timor
Action Network Praises Award of Nobel Peace Prize to East Timorese
(October 11, 1996)
Nobel Acceptance Speeches: Ramos-Horta;
1996 Nobel Peace Prize for Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo and Jose Ramos Horta
by Irwin Abrams (1997)
Online Forum Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jose Ramos-Horta answers questions
(October 25, 1996)
Two accept Nobel Peace
Prize for East Timor work - Indonesia boycotts ceremony (December 10, 1996)
In A Time for Justice (a London speech
given in July 1997) Bishop Belo says, "Our small nation of East Timor has suffered an
invasion and occupation by military forces largely supplied with their armaments by
Western countries such as the United States, and the United Kingdom."
Numerous recent statements by Bishop Belo and Jose Ramos-Horta can be
found in Selected Postings, as well as letters
and other statement by Bishop
Belo in the Religious section.
The full text of Jose Ramos Horta's 13 December, 1998 Human Rights Oration Human
Rights and Morality vs Pragmatism and Real Politik, is on the East Timor Relief Association website.
A powerful and wide-ranging speech, it provides a very useful update on how the East
Timorese leadership sees things at the end of this eventful year.