BACK DOOR Newsletter on Timor Loro Sa'e: Monday August 20 2001


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Working in East Timor:

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Until Aug 30 JSMP: lowongan kerja  Request added Aug 17
"Program Pemantauan Sistim Peradilan (JSMP) merupakan sebuah projek independen yang telah dikembangkan dibawah perlindugan Asosiasi Juris Timor Loro Sa’e dan La’o Hamutuk, sebuah organisasi yang terdiri dari orang-orang Timor Loro Sa’e dan internasional. ... Sasaran utama dari program adalah memperbaiki mutu keadilan yang diberikan oleh sistim peradilan yang baru didirikan, memajukan HAM dan pemerintahan yang berdasarkan hukum dengan cara yang bermanfaat dan transparan bagi masyarakat Timor Loro Sa’e. JSMP sedang mencari seorang anggota staf Timor Loro Sa’e yang bermotivasi untuk bergabung dengan tim yang ada sekarang yang terdiri dari dua pengacara internasional. Untuk informasi lebih lanjut mengenai JSMP dan kegiatannya, silahkan mengunjungi " JSMP news service

Until Aug 30 JSMP: Job announcement  Request added Aug 17
"The Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP) is a new independent project that has been developed under the auspices of the East Timorese Jurists’ Association and the Timorese/international organisation La’o Hamutuk. ... The main objective of the programme is to improve the quality of justice provided by the newly established judicial system, and to promote human rights and the rule of law in a meaningful and transparent manner for the people of East Timor. JSMP is looking for a motivated East Timorese staff member to join the current team of two international lawyers. For more information about JSMP and its work, go to " JSMP news service

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Click on links relating to various Themes at:

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

Reconstruction and 'Aid & Development'
Rekonstrusaun i 'Ajuda i Dezenvolvimentu'
Reconstrução e 'Ajuda e Desenvolvimento'  Updated Aug 19

Peoples' Participation
Participação Dos Povos  Updated Aug 20

Financing Reconstruction
Fundu Ba Rekonstrusaun
Bantu uang: Rékonstruksi  Updated Aug 18

Timor Oil
Mina iha Timor Gap
O Petróleo do Mar de Timor
Le pétrole de la Mer de Timor  Updated Aug 17

'Refugees' & Missing Persons
'Refugiados' e Desaparecido
'Réfugiés' ou Déplacés  Updated Aug 19

FRETILIN - Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor
Frente Revolucionária do Timor Leste Independente
Front Revolusi Kemerdekaan Timor Timur  Updated Aug 18

War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity  Updated Aug 19

Military and political aid to Indonesia
Apoiu militar, politika no diplomata ba Indonesia  Updated Aug 15

Calls for International War Crimes Tribunal
Demande la tribunal pénal international  Updated Aug 15

Sexual Violence as a weapon of war
Estraga feto / Perkosaan  Updated Aug 18

National Council of Timorese Resistance
Conselho Nacional de Resistência Timorense (CNRT)
Badan Nasional Perlawanan Timor Timur  Updated Aug 20

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Access the following recently added August items at:

Aug 20 SMH: Gusmao ready to stand for president  News added Aug 20
"Ending months of speculation on the eve of his country’s first democratic elections, East Timor’s charismatic independence leader Mr Xanana Gusmao has indicated he is prepared to stand for president. A diplomatic source in Dili said he would publicly confirm details of his proposed political role in days. ... “He says he is going to put the condition that if they want him to be president of East Timor that not a single drop of blood shall be spilt, [during the elections]” the source said." Mark Dodd, Herald Correspondent in Dili and agencies

Aug 20 Text of Pact of National Unity (signed July 8th)  Text added Aug 20
"Pact of National Unity: Convinced of the need to create and maintain an atmosphere of peace and stability as primary grounds for the sustainable development of East Timor; Considering the principles consecrated in the Magna Carta approved at the First National Convention of East Timor, which took place in 1998, in Peniche, Portugal; Conscious of the need to assure an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust ... " APODETI Pro-Refrendum AssociaçaoPopularDemocráticadeTimor Pró-Refrendum; ASDT Associação Sosial Demokrata Timorense; FRETILIN Frente Revolucianário de Timor Leste Independente; KOTA Klibur Oan Timor Aswa’in;
PD Partido Demokrático; PDC Partido Demokrata Cristão; PDM Partido Democrático Maubere; PL Partai Liberal; PPT Partido de Povo de Timor; PSD Partido Social Democrata Timor Lorosa’e; PST Partido Socialista de Timor; PTT Partido Trabalhista Timorense;
UDC/PDC União Democratica Cristão; UDT União Democrática Timorense. [Signed by all parties except PARENTIL and PNT]

Aug 18 STL: Bishop Belo's Pastoral letter  Letter added Aug 20
"Those amongst you who want to be big must first be your servers; those amongst you who want to be famous must first be your slaves. Why? Because the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to give his life so that Mankind may live (Mark 10: 43-45) ... Once again we are at a crucial moment in our history, a moment that is important in our efforts to develop our nation. This is our first general election. In less than two weeks we will choose, for the first time, our leaders the people's representatives who will be given the heavy responsibility of drafting a Constitution that will encompass all our hopes and aspirations." Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo

Aug 18 SMH: After 26 years, Timorese about to begin life again  Article added Aug 18
"Among Fretilin’s younger candidates is Jose Lobato Goncalves, 29, the son of East Timor’s founding guerilla commander, Nicolau Lobato, who took to the mountains in the first hours of the Indonesian landing. His wife, Isabel, was caught in Dili and publicly executed on the wharf. She had been nursing two-year-old Jose before the troops dragged her away, but managed to thrust him into her sister’s arms at the last moment. ... Today he is a replica of his father in looks and intelligence and has an obvious future as a national leader. He is just one of hundreds of thousands of Timorese for whom life is resuming after 26 years: it is indeed a rebirth." Jill Jolliffe (in Dili), freelance journalist, author of 'Cover-Up: The Inside Story of the Balibo Five' [to be published Oct 16]

Aug 16 abc/affet: Timor Sea Gas Project Impasse  Transcript & comment added Aug 17
"Alan Kohler (abc): Jim Godlove’s message is simple—go back to the 1999 letter. Jim Godlove, Phillips Petroleum: We’ve had a commitment to this project, a steady commitment, for the past five years. We want to be successful. But obviously at this point in time we are experiencing some difficulties, difficulties that we believe were fully avoidable, and difficulties that can be overcome, so long as the previous commitments are honoured." ABC ‘7.30 report’ television program
"Australians for a Free East Timor position is that Phillips and the Australian government should recognise that the October [1999] letter was signed [by Xanana, Horta and Alkatiri] under pressure if not duress, in circumstances which were unreal, the country destroyed, and the signatories had not been provided with those details about which the issue now turns, apparently. In a court of law, that signing would not stand up. ... " Rob Wesley-Smith, affet

Aug 16 Caritas Australia programs 2000 - 2001 - Emergency Relief  Report added Aug 19
"Oecussi is an isolated enclave of East Timor, which is totally surrounded by Indonesian West Timor. ... The people of Oecussi suffered greatly in the violence of 1999, as a consequence of their isolation. Most of the population of 55,000 either fled to West Timor or went into hiding in the hills during the violent militia rampage. ... The people of Oecussi largely live in rural communities, in houses made of wood, palm fronds and grass. These houses were burnt to the ground during the militia violence. Displaced people returned to nothing." Caritas

Aug 16 STL: Ramos-Horta: Megawati’s position on Timor Lorosae clear  News from ETimor added Aug 18
“I value that joint communiqué. [between Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Megawati] It is a concrete indicated that the sovereignty of Timor Lorosae is respected, ... I’ve known the Foreign Minister Hasan Wirayuda [in Megawati’s Cabinet] for about 10 years. He has been a good friend and I know he respects Timor Lorosae’s sovereignty. I also know Susilo Bambang Yudoyono and he wants Timor Lorosae to be a good neighbour of Indonesia.” Jose Ramos-Horta, ETTA’s foreign minister

Aug 16 STL: 200 ex-Falintil at UNTAET sit-in  News from ETimor added Aug 18
"Domingos da Silva, spokesperson for the ex-Falintil said the group of freedom fighters that did not meet the grade to enter the Timor Lorosae Defense Forces (FDTL) were in dire straits. “From January to May, these former Falintil fighters were getting US$100 a month as living expenses. Now they are struggling because these payments from the IOM have stopped,” he added." Suara Timor Lorosae

Aug 15 GLW: Howard ignores the lessons of Timor  Article added Aug 15
"Howard [Australia's Prime Minister] and Beazley [leader of opposition party: ALP] see the [Megawati] Sukarnoputri government as providing them with the opportunity to return to “business as usual”, after the old special relationship policy was so severely discredited in East Timor. We have to make sure that they don't succeed. One of the important ways we can assist the peoples of Aceh, West Papua and those fighting for democracy in all parts of Indonesia is to force Canberra to end all military ties with Indonesia. As former Labor foreign minister Gareth Evans now admits, Australian military aid to Indonesia only “helped produce more professional human rights abusers”. It must end." Pip Hinman, [Australian] national secretary, Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor

Aug 15 GLW: Indonesia: Repression the winner in Megawati cabinet Article added Aug 15
"Military generals and figures linked to the regime of former dictator Suharto have done well in the first cabinet of newly-elected President Megawati Sukarnoputri, which was announced on August 9. In a signal move, Sukarnoputri has appointed Lieutenant-General Hendropriyono as the new head of BAKIN, the state intelligence agency, a post which has cabinet minister status. ... [he] has been one of the most ambitious intelligence officers. With long experience in the commando Kopassus forces' repressive operations in various parts of Indonesia, he pioneered the technique of forming and using so-called civilian militia." Max Lane, [Australian] national chairperson, Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor

Aug 15 Age: Timor's son heeds the call via Oxford and a city tram  Article added Aug 19
“At the moment, everything in East Timor is a problem. From building the infrastructure to building institutions, economic development and food production. If East Timor wasn’t totally destroyed, I would have given up and let somebody else take over, but now the country requires everybody’s time and energy and help. You still have to do your bit. You have an obligation to those people who died.” Abel Guterres

Aug 13 RDP: East Timorese political rivals exchange accusations  Interview added Aug 14
"The old political rivals UDT and Fretilin seem to have awakened to a new existence of political opposition, 26 years after the ideological dispute which took East Timor to civil war. The UDT has accused its political opponent of promoting an anti-democratic intimidation campaign but Fretilin has countered these accusations. In an attempt to play down UDT’s accusations, Mari Alkatiri, the secretary-general of Fretilin [economy minister of the transition government who stood down for campaigning] has said that UDT is the party ignoring the principles of democracy" Antonio Veladas

Aug 3 ChHEd: ET Emerges From Indonesia's Grip With Scars and a New University  Article added Aug 17
"Today, the young people of this poor tropical land might still be waiting for a university to open. The United Nations, which is helping to rebuild, said other needs were more pressing. But the territory’s students and academics refused to wait. Last November, with the reluctant acceptance of the U.N., the National University of East Timor was opened by the former resistance leader Xanana Gusmao, ... The story of the university’s creation shows how hungry a young country can be for higher education. To say learning conditions are poor would be an understatement. The students don’t have textbooks and often lack desks, so they usually sit in class with their notebooks on their laps." Burton Bollag

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Junho 2001 BLH: Fundu Monetariu Internasional (IMF) iha Timor Lorosa’e  Overview added Aug 18
"Maibe kasian, labele hare IMF husi nian pratika demokratika. Lahanesan Banko Mundial, IMF la’os ativa an ba sosiedadi civil iha rai sira nebe mak sira serbisu ba. Biar reputasaun idane’e, iha hanoin/harapan katak mos IMF sei hili nian konseilheiru rasik hodi rona no hare partisipasaun ativa husi komunidadi Timoro Lorosa’e hodi hadia estruturas ekonomika iha ne’e." La’o Hamutuk, Institutu Timor Lorosa’e ba Analiza no Monitor Reconstrusaun

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(Selection of) SYDNEY EVENTS:

Access details of Sydney Events at:

Guest speaker for AETA Monthly Meeting
Details Stephen, (02) 9331-5986.
Level 3, UTS Tower Building, Broadway
Wednesday 22th August 6.30pm

East Timor and the new colonialism
Indonesian academic George Aditjondro will be speaking on the corruption of the reconstruction process in East Timor
alongside a video produced by Tim Anderson on the oppressive role of the World Bank in the new nation
Phone 02 9261 4862 to register and for more info or email
Part of "marxism 2001 conference" Thurs 23 - Sun 26 August
Saturday 25 August, 11.45am- 1pm. Markets Campus, UTS, Quay St, Central Sydney

"Leaving the Crocodile" Exhibition: The Story of the East Timorese Community in Sydney
Timorese artists working with the Liverpool Museum
Principal Curator: Amanda Wise: email
Liverpool Regional Museum, Cnr Congressional Drive & Hume Hwy, Liverpool, Sydney
August 25th-December 15th

A 25 Year Retrospective Of The Best Documentary Films On East Timor
includes unscreened footage from Maliana and Sydney
An AETA fundraiser. Details Andy 9960-550
Bookings at The Valhalla 9552-2456. $10 entry.
The Valhalla Cinema, Glebe, Sydney
Monday 27th August 8.15pm-11pm

Mass to be celebrated, praying in solidarity with the people of East Timor
for a successful and peaceful outcome to their first and momentous elections on August 30.
Mary MacKillop Chapel, Mount Street, North Sydney
Wednesday, August 29th,1pm

August 30th East Timor National Election Date

John Birmingham In Conversation With Lansell Taudevin
on the Quarterly Review essay “Appeasing Jakarta”
Gleebooks, upstairs, $8/$5. Bookings: Gleebooks (02) 9660-2333
Thursday 30th August, 6.30pm for 7pm

Post-East Timor election PARTY to officially OPEN ‘Leaving the Crocodile’ exhibition
Come and celebrate! Free. All welcome - Timorese bands, dancers, food.
Exhibition details 9602-0315 Email
Includes: Launch of Mary MacKillop Institute of East Timorese Studies (MMIETS) Literacy Program
Launch details: 9623-2847 Email:
Liverpool Regional Museum, Hume Hgwy Liverpool, Sydney
Sat. Sept 1st Timor - from 1pm onwards

"Friends Of Maliana" Monthly Meeting (held first Tuesday of each month)
Details 9367-9047 or
Leichhardt Town Hall, Sydney
Tuesday 4th September, 7 p.m

Amnesty Group Seminar on Torture in East Timor with speakers including:
Ciaron O’Reilly, Sr. Susan Connelly, Peter McGregor, Lansell Taudevin, STARRTS, etc.
Details  David Druery
Uni of Western Sydney (Parramatta campus), Room EG36
Wednesday 5th September, 12 Noon to 2pm

Guest Lecture By Ciaron O’Reilly:
'The solidarity movement’s reclaiming of public space to resist the Indonesian occupation of East Timor'
Catholic Worker & ‘Swords into Ploughshares’
Includes: Book Launch of Ciaron’s 'Remembering Forgetting: A Journey Of Non-Violent Resistance To The War
On East Timor' by Sister Susan Connelly, of Mary MacKillop Institute of East Timorese Studies (MMIETS)
Details: Peter McGregor, Media & Social Studies, (02) 98525244, or
Uni. of Western Sydney, (Kingswood Campus), Room K104
Wed. 5th September, Lecture: 3pm, Book launch 4pm.

Guest LECTURE by Lansell Taudevin (aid specialist & author of 'East Timor: Too Little, Too Late'):
'Espionage in aid work'
referring to his involvement in East Timor from 1996 to 1999, & the limits to which the innocent can be used as informers.
Details Peter McGregor, Lecturer, Media & Social Studies, (02) 98525244, or email
Uni of Western Sydney, (Werrington South campus), Room BJ117
Thurs. 6th September, from 5pm


Access details of Canberra & National (Australian) Events at:

International Conference: “Politics, Crime and Criminal Justice”
International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law
Final day of the conf: Emphasis on East Timor: Restoration of criminal
justice systems & development of international criminal justice systems
Info: email: website:
Old Parliament House, High Court of Australia & Rydges Lakeside Canberra Hotel, Canberra, Australia
26-30 August 2001

August 30th East Timor National Election Date

Post-Timor Election Dinner
Also, some interesting speakers to talk about the election and its implications.
Acceptances by 28 August to Robert and Wendy by phone 62822805 or by e-mail
$25 per person. (includes $5 fundraiser)
Greater Indian and International Restaurant in Curtin (opposite the Curtin shops), Canberra
Friday 31 August 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m

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Access the following recently added links at:

Byron Friends of East Timor (BFET)  Added Aug 16
BFET was established in late 1999 as a response to the Indonesian Government’s destruction and carnage in East Timor after the August referendum in which over 78% of the East Timorese people voted for independence from Indonesia. BFET established aims to provide direct and immediate assistance to suffering East Timorese people, as well as to give up-to-date information on East Timor within Australia, including to the Australian Government so that we can lobby for policies which support international human rights against the tyranny of despotic governments and military juntas.
Email Maxine Caron:

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