For 40 years, Xanana Gusmão has worked for the freedom and development of his native country of Timor-Leste. During these 40 years, Xanana Gusmão has held many roles including: resistance leader, poet, political prisoner, negotiator, diplomat, and politician. Despite the numerous and important roles he has held, one of his most famous and important roles has been as a leader of forgiveness and reconciliation in Timor-Leste.
Akbar Ganji, born January 31, 1960, is an acclaimed and widely celebrated Iranian journalist and writer. Often referred to as not only as the country’s preeminent political dissident, but also as the Iranian Vaclav Havel.