Panel Discussion ‘Primordial Leadership: Peacebuilding and National Ownership in Timor-Leste’ 17 January 2014

On 17 January 2014, at the United Nations in Geneva Library,

I joined as a panelist to talk about Timor-Leste on the occasion of a new publication of a book by

Prof. Hasegawa, former SRSG of a UN mission in Timor-Leste.

Following the analysis by Prof. Hasegawa on different leaders of Timor-Leste,

the panelists discussed on different dimensions of the leadership and the leaders.


I focused my speech on the necessity of justice for the past grave human rights violations,

emphasizing that ‘peace or justice?’ is not entirely left to the leaders to decide.

People-centered peace-building means victims can not be ignored,

and only through people-centered approach would there be a sustainable peace.


The event is introduced at UNOG library Facebook page.

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