Archive for Thursday, October 11, 2001

10/11 Nobel prize winner to speak

October 11, 2001

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A Nobel Peace Prize winner will speak tonight at Kansas University.

Jose Ramos-Horta, who received the honor in 1996, will speak on "Peacemaking: The Power of Non-Violence" at 7 p.m. at the Kansas Union Ballroom.

Ramos-Horta, who was in exile for 25 years from his homeland of East Timor, has acted as a spokesman for human rights and self-governance for the tiny country. In 1975, Indonesia invaded East Timor and killed 200,000 of its citizens -- nearly a third of its population.

In 1999, the East Timorese conducted a referendum and expressed their wish for independence from Indonesia. Shortly afterward, Ramos-Horta returned to East Timor to help rebuild his homeland.

The KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Center for European Studies will sponsor his visit.

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