BACK DOOR Newsletter on Timor Loro Sa'e: Monday April 9 2001

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CONTENTS:

  CURRENT URGENT ACTIONS  Updated Apr 7
  THEMES  Updated Apr 9
  APR 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS  Updated  Apr 9
  MAR 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS  Updated  Apr 7
  JAN 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS  Updated  Apr 4
  DEC 2000 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS  Updated  Apr 4
  EARLY ARTICLES & REPORTS Updated Apr 4
  UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS  Updated Apr 7
  OTHER RELATED LINKS
  ABOUT BACK DOOR
  EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION

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CURRENT URGENT ACTIONS

Read about Urgent Actions & Things to Do at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Actions.htm

Mar 23 LH: Job announcement for La'o Hamutuk in East Timor  Request added Apr 7
"With this job announcement, we are actively seeking international (non-East Timorese) as well as East Timorese applicants (from within East Timor and overseas). Women are particularly encouraged to apply. ... La’o Hamutuk staff persons work collaboratively with other staff and advisory bodies to develop and implement the organization’s work plan. Together with the organization’s Board of Directors, they are responsible for coordinating some of La’o Hamutuk’s main activities." La’o Hamutuk - The East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis

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THEMES

Click on links relating to various Themes at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood

These collections of recent items relating to particular themes
have been added in the past week:

BD: Refugees & Missing Persons

BD: Pro-autonomy Movements / Pró autonomia Movimentos

These collections have been up-dated in the past week:

BD: War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity (Major overhaul of collection)

BD: East Timorese Women's Issues

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APR 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

Access the following recently added March items at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/01apr.htm

Apr 6 UN-CHR: Women and HR report  Report added Apr 9
"Militia forces backed and trained by the Indonesian military carried out a systematic campaign of violence during the lead-up to the August 1999 referendum on East Timorese independence, which was organized and administered by the United Nations. When East Timorese nevertheless opted for independence from Indonesia, pro-Indonesian militia and Indonesian soldiers initiated a scorched earth policy, terrorizing the population and committing widespread abuses, including the rape of women and girls. Some women were also reportedly held in sexual slavery." Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy

Apr 5 Reut: New talks on E. Timor campaign to free rape victim  News added Apr 9
"U.N. officials are negotiating with Indonesia to free a 15-year-old East Timorese rape victim, one of many abused as a sex slave by violent militia, a human rights campaigner said on Thursday. Kirsty Sword Gusmao, the Australian-born wife of Timorese freedom fighter Xanana Gusmao, has been been publicizing the case of Juliana dos Santos since September." Evelyn Leopold

Apr 5 STL: Civic Education Carried Out By Timorese People  News from ETimor added Apr 7

Apr 3 TP: Horta, Aniceto, Manuel, Amaral and Avelino named as NC Presidential candidates  News from ETimor added Apr 5
"Several prominent political leaders have been named as possible candidates for the National Council presidency ­ in the interim period leading up to the elections. ... The National Council members who have been named are Aniceto Guterres (director of Yayasan Hak), Manuel Viegas Carrascalao (a businessman), Clementino dos Reis Amaral (from KOTA Party) and Avelino Coelho (from the Socialist Party)." Timor Post

Apr 2 STL: Alkatari: Xavier Has No Right To Give Ultimatums  Interview from ETimor added Apr 3
"Xavier was not the person who initially started the Fretilin party. Xavier is not the founding father of Fretilin. When we formed Fretilin, as a party, that was when we invited Xavier ... As far as I know, there is only one Fretilin. There is no Fretilin ASDT, Fretilin CPD-RDTL,” Mari Alkatari, Vice-President of Fretilin

Apr 2 LUSA: Gusmao Explains Resignation from National Council  News added Apr 3
“I believe that priority work, with debate and explanations beyond the urban center of Dili, should be carried out among the population. This requires attention and availability that my overlapping positions did not allow me to fulfill” Xanana Gusmao

Apr 2 AP: East Timor Council Blocks Ramos Horta's Bid For Top Post  News added Apr 3
"Political squabbling in East Timor intensified Monday when its transitional assembly blocked, at least temporarily, a bid by Nobel Peace laureate Jose Ramos Horta to become its new chief following the surprise resignation of popular independence leader Xanana Gusmao." Associated Press

Apr 1 RDP: Horta on national council  Interview added Apr 3
"I think it was my duty, my moral duty, to accept this challenge [presidency of ETimor’s National Council interim parliament]. There has been a lot of disorientation, sadness, consternation and general concern among the population, the youth and the members of the National Council. I have spoken with Sergio Vieira de Mello head of UNTAET, with Xanana Gusmao and with practically every political party, and also with Mari Alkatiri Economic Affairs Minister and Ana Pessoa Internal Administration Minister, and they all thought that it would be important for the National Council to continue its work, and to, how should I put it, to avoid a breaking point, and that it would be important to send a message of continuity, seriousness and tranquility to the whole of the population, and naturally to the international community as well." Jose Ramos Horta, vice-president, National Council of the Timorese Resistance

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MAR 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

Access the following recently added March items at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/01mar.htm

Mar 29 Tempo: US President urged not to support Indonesian military  News added Apr 3
"About 30 [Indonesian] women activists held rally at the US Embassy on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan here today. They asked President Bush not to support the Indonesian military (TNI) in any form, including supporting education program for TNI officers in the US. The demonstrators also asked the US government not to lift military embargo imposed since the East Timor referendum, until TNI is no longer involved in the power play." Tempo

Mar 23 LH: Job announcement for La'o Hamutuk in East Timor  Request added Apr 7
"With this job announcement, we are actively seeking international (non-East Timorese) as well as East Timorese applicants (from within East Timor and overseas). Women are particularly encouraged to apply. ... La’o Hamutuk staff persons work collaboratively with other staff and advisory bodies to develop and implement the organization’s work plan. Together with the organization’s Board of Directors, they are responsible for coordinating some of La’o Hamutuk’s main activities." La’o Hamutuk - The East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis

Mar 10 AU: East Timor's children of the enemy  Article added Apr 5
"Investigators and women’s organisations agree rape plagued both East Timor and West Timor following the ballot on independence in 1999, and in many cases constituted both a war crime and a crime against humanity. “A lot of rapes happened in the chaos,” Wandita says, explaining that women separated from their families were pounced on by marauding packs of men. But beyond that, she says, many of the rapes were planned, organised and sustained as a joint effort by the military and the militias. “There was obviously collusion,” she says." Sian Powell, Dili

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JAN 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

Access the following recently added January items at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Jan2001NA&R.htm

Jan APHEDA Union Aid Abroad: East Timor Update January 2001  Update added Apr 4

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DEC 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

Access the following recently added December items at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Dec2000N&A.htm

Portuguese:
Dec 22 OTL: Reconstruir infra-estruturas adaptadas e sustentáveis  Report added Apr 4
"a chegada dum grande número de estrangeiros com necessidades de conforto e capacidades financeiras superiores levou à satisfação prioritária deste sector, ocupando edifícios e casas menos destruídas ou dando-lhe primazia na reconstrução e fornecimento de bens. Mais de um ano depois da chegada das NU, a imensa maioria dos timorenses, sobretudo em Dili, vive em ruínas." Observatório Timor Leste

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EARLY ARTICLES & REPORTS

Access the following recently added earlier items at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Early.htm

Aug 2000 AID/WATCH: Partnership versus ‘consultation’ in East Timor  Analysis added Apr 4
"UN officials have consistently marginalised the Conselho Nacional de Resistencia Timorense (CNRT), insisting it be accorded consultative rather than partnership status. The CNRT insists it is a national council, not simply a political party, or ‘the biggest NGO in East Timor’. It brings together a range of political forces, and the CNRT argues it should have been recognised as the Timorese-run transitional government from the outset. Nonetheless, the CNRT reluctantly agreed to participate in the UN’s ‘National Consultative Council’ (NCC), although several prominent CNRT figures refused to join. Reflecting the NCC’s consultative status, the UN retains the ability to rule by decree, rendering the council toothless on key issues. Policies such as the introduction of sales taxes and the introduction of the US dollar as the local currency, have simply been imposed." James Goodman, academic, activist, member Committee of Management of AID/WATCH

Tetum:
Jul 17 2000 BLH: Ajuda Internasional ba Timor Lorosa’e: Misericordia?  Editorial from ETimor added Apr 4
"La’o Hamutuk husu ba nain ulun UNTAET tahan atu fo osan ba Timor Lorosa’e nudar “misericordia”, ita tenke hare sira nudar modesto hanesan compesacao husi governo nebe fahe sira nian responsabilidade ba povo Timor Lorosa’e nia terus no destrucao nacao-la’os deit iha Septembro 1999, maibe durante 24 anos nia laran." La’o Hamutuk, Instituto Timor Lorosa’e ba Analiza no Monitoring Reconstrucao

July 17 2000 LHB: International Funding for East Timor: Charity?  Editorial from ETimor added Apr 4
"La'o Hamutuk calls upon UNTAET officials to refrain from referring to funds donated to East Timor as "charity" -- especially when the vast majority of these funds come from national governments which provided significant economic, military, and diplomatic support to Jakarta and its illegal occupation of East Timor. Rather than seeing these funds as "charity", we should see them largely as a modest beginning at amends from governments who share in the responsibility for the suffering of the East Timorese and the destruction of the country -- not only in September 1999, but in the almost-24-year period that preceded it." La'o Hamutuk: East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis

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UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS

Access details of Canberra Events at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/ACTEvents.htm

Seminar: Rebuilding after the Indian earthquake
Speaker: Mrs Mini Bedi
Oxfam Community Aid Abroad
Havelock House, 85 Northbourne Avenue Turner
7.30pm  Wednesday 18 April 2001

Work.Organisation.Struggle:
7th Biennial National Labour History Conference
Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
Australian National University.
Thur Apr 19 to Sat Apr 21.

Running Radio Fretilin in Darwin 1975-76
Brian Manning and Chris Elenor
7th Biennial National Labour History Conference, panels
ANU Copland Building, Room G030 or G031
Friday 20 April, 4:45pm

Peaceful M1 Blockade
M1 Alliance
Mining Industry House, the home of the Minerals Council of Australia,
216 Northbourne Avenue, Bradden
The blockade is to commence from 7am, May 1st.

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OTHER RELATED LINKS

Access the following recently added links at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/OtherLinks.htm

Conselho Nacional de Resistencia Timorense / National Council of Timorese Resistance (CNRT)

AID/WATCH: Monitoring the Development Dollar

APHEDA: Trade Union Aid Abroad: Linking Australian workers to the world

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