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June 2001 News, Articles & Reports:


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Tetum:
Boletim La’o Hamutuk: [PDF formatu]
Vol. 2, No. 3 Junho 2001
Fundu Monetariu Internasional (IMF) iha Timor Lorosa’e:
http://www.etan.org/lh/PDFs/bulv2n3T.pdf

Tetum:
Junho 2001 BLH: Komunidadi Sira Servisu Hamutuk  Article added Oct 26
"Povu sira lolo liman ba malu atu hodi husu makaas konaba kontrola hasoru desisaun sira nebe mak afeta ba sira nian moris no sira nian hela fatin. Grupu servisu transnasiunal ida konaba dezenvolvimentu, direitus humanus no meiu ambienti halao soru mutu ida naran forum organizasaun non guvernamental wainhira iha sorumutu Banku Mundial no IMF nian. Grupu servisu ne’e hatete katak cidadaun sira tenki husu ba instituisaun publika hirak ne’e atu nune’e bele diriji millhaun dolar bar-barak husi rekursus publikus sira ida-idak nebe fo fiar ba sira ba dezenvolvimentu nebe mak demokratiku, sosialmente justu no tuir meiu ambiente nebe mak sustentavel." La’o Hamutuk, Institutu Timor Lorosa’e ba Analiza no Monitor Reconstrusaun

Tetum:
Junho 2001 BLH: Saida Mak Fundu Monetariu Internasiunal?  Article added Oct 26
"Husi ne’e, la halo hakfodak katak pratikas IMF hakarak hasai agendas husi nasaun riku sira iha mundu nian, liuliu atu hakiak nasaun kapitalista sira nebe mak fo ajuda ba “negociu livre/perdagangan tak beraturan” no investimentu nakloke. Maibe IMF hetan kritikas husi organisasaun dezenvolvimentu no NGO direitus humanus barak, nune’e mos hanesan husi guvernu nasiunal husi mundu tomak. Espesialmente iha termus konaba “ajustamentu estrutural” tusan nian, ema barak hare IMF hanesan haka’as desisaun sira hasoru nasaun kiak sira, nune’e halo susar bo’ot ba populasaun barak." La’o Hamutuk, Institutu Timor Lorosa’e ba Analiza no Monitor Reconstrusaun

Tetum:
Junho 2001 BLH: Harii Kapasidade Liu-Liu ba Iha Prosesu  Editorial from ETimor added Sep 21
"Konstituisaun Timor Lorosa’e nian sei sai fundasaun ida importante tebes ba nasaun independente. Prosesu ida nebe ema Timor Lorosa’e hakerek konstitusaun mos importante. Ba ema Timor Lorosa’e mane no feto tenke partisipa iha prosesu kritikal ida nee. Sira tenki iha informasaun no tempo halo diskusaun no haburas sira nian hanoin / opiniaun" La’o Hamutuk, Institutu Timor Lorosa’e ba Analiza no Monitor Reconstrusaun

Tetum:
Junho 2001 BLH: Lia Badak  News from ETimor added Aug 26
Lia-foun no Kestaun husi 'Boletim La’o Hamutuk': Konsulta iha Konstituisaun; Partisipasaun Politika hosi Feto; Traballadór; Oecusse Isolado; Bispo katolico Basilio De Nascimento; Timorizasaun; Nasional survey konaba votantes sira nian konhecimentu.

Tetum:
Junho 2001 BLH: Lia Badak: Oecusse Isolado  News from ETimor added Aug 26
"Sira hateten ba hau katak [Ro-ahi] servisu foun ne’e atu hala’o . iha 23 Maiu semana kotuk ne’e, maibe seidauk hala’o. Ami kole ona hein bebeik. Ami mos preokupa katak kada bilhete nebe karun teb-tebes US $10 kada bilhete para ba deit Oe-cusse, osan ida ne’e la’os ema hotu iha Oe-cuse mak bele selu. Ami precisa solusaun permanente ida.” Ana Paula Sequeira husi Conselhu Nasional representante Oe-cusse

Tetum:
Junho 2001 BLH: Lia Badak: Traballadór  News from ETimor added Aug 26
"Iha loron 1 fulan Maiu 2001, besik trabalhador atus ida ho sira nia apoiantes hamrik iha UNTAET nia oin atu komemora Loron Premeiru de Maiu. ... Wainhira UNTAET simu kritikas tamba la estabelese lei servisu basiku trabalhador hanesan pagamentu minimu vencimentu ho mos estabelecimentu oras walu loron ida Asaun ne’e fo oportunidade ba ema barak bele fahe ho fo sira nian preokupasaun no experiencia iha servisu." La’o Hamutuk, Institutu Timor Lorosa’e ba Analiza no Monitor Reconstrusaun

Tetum:
Junho 2001 BLH: Lia Badak: Konsulta iha Konstituisaun  News from ETimor added Aug 26
"Iha karta loron 18 fulan Abril nian ba Peter Galbraith, chefe Departamentu UNTAET ba “Bidang Politik/Political Affairs” no “Timor Sea/laut Timor,” NGO Forum oficialmente rejeita UNTAET nian konvite atu tur iha panel selesaun ba komisariu konstitusional. NGO Forum mos reitera hanoin nebe fo sai iha nia karta iha loron 17 fulan Marsu ba Konselhu Seguransa ONU nian konaba planu prosesu nebe sei falta hela." La’o Hamutuk, Institutu Timor Lorosa’e ba Analiza no Monitor Reconstrusaun

Tetum:
Junho 2001 BLH: Lia Badak: Nasional survey konaba votantes sira nian konhecimentu  News from ETimor added Aug 26
"Iha loron 22 fulan Maiu, Asia Foundation (husi Estados Unidos) fo sai resultadu “nasional survey konaba votantes sira nian konhecimentu.” Survey ne’e hala’o iha fin de Marsu husi working group NGO Forum ba Edukasaun Votantes sira nian, envolve mos ho intrevistas ho votantes potensiais iha districtus 13 iha rai Timor. Hatudu Timor eleitoradu sira senti positivu pursentu 75 ema ba hare ne’e hanoin katak rai ne’e la’o iha diresaun los no pursentu 94 hatete katak sira atu vota iha eleisaun be mai ne’e. Maibe resultadu ne’e fo’o preokupasaun bo’ot konaba eleisaun." La’o Hamutuk, Institutu Timor Lorosa’e ba Analiza no Monitor Reconstrusaun

Tetum:
Junho 2001 BLH: Lia Badak: Partisipasaun Politika hosi Feto  News from ETimor added Aug 26
"Iha loron 1 fulan Maiu, UNTAET sira nian “Gender Affairs/Urusan Gender” Unit hamutuk ho Nasoes Unidas nian Fundus ba Feto sira (UNIFEM) komesa halao treinu potensial ba kandidatus feto sira. Treinu ne’e hala’o iha fulan Maiu nian laran to’o prinsipiu fulan Junhu no fokus ba partisipasaun politika, halo desizaun no konhecimentu baziku konaba oinsa bele sai kandidatu iha eleisaun oin mai hanesan membru konstituanti." La’o Hamutuk, Institutu Timor Lorosa’e ba Analiza no Monitor Reconstrusaun

Tetum:
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

June 2001 IFRC: East Timor Diary (World Disasters Report 2001)  Excerpt added July 6
"That night on the way home from work, I pass a ship the size of an oil tanker, dwarfing the palm trees. It is the UN hotel. International staff serve, manage and cook. Food comes from Singapore and Australia. It serves 600 guests, paying AS$ 150 a night. Not a cent gets into the local economy. That is, if you exclude the shy girls, sitting next to aid workers in their four-wheel drive cars. They aren’t imported from elsewhere. They’re cheaper here." Kies Rietveld, a medical doctor who has worked in Afghanistan and East Timor

June 2001 LHB: Dollarization & Democracy  Editorial added June 26
"Under pressure from the International Monetary Fund and elements of the East Timorese political leadership, UNTAET is intensifying its efforts to achieve what it calls “dollarization”—making the U.S.  dollar the sole currency of the territory. ... The potential for inflation caused by dollarization is very real in East Timor. ... Given this, what are the plans on the part of UNTAET and the IMF to protect East Timorese—especially the poor who live on the margins— from the effects of increasing prices?" La'o Hamutuk: East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis

June 2001 LHB: In Brief  News added June 26
News and issues relating to women, Oe-cusse, people's participation, elections, capacity-building. - BD

June 2001 LHB: Can East Timor Survive the Aid Industry?  Article added June 22
"They have come to help, with their 4x4 vehicles and consultants and experience of “helping” in Mozambique and India and Honduras. The United Nations, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, the bilateral aid agencies, and international non-government organizations (INGOs) are there by the score. They rent all the best houses for thousands of dollars a month, and they pay high salaries—$4000 a month or more sometimes—to skilled East Timorese, stealing the best people from already weak local institutions, and ensuring that any skilled people returning from abroad work for them. They are the international aid industry." Joseph Hanlon

June 2001 LHB: The International Monetary Fund in East Timor  Overview added June 21
"Unfortunately, the IMF [International Monetary Fund] is not known for its democratic practices ... the IMF does not actively reach out to civil society in the countries in which it works. Notwithstanding this reputation, hopefully, the IMF will take its own advice to heart and seek the active participation of the East Timorese community in its work to shape the economic structures here." La'o Hamutuk: East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis

June 2001 LHB: What is the International Monetary Fund?  Article added June 21
"IMF practices tend to reflect the agendas of the world’s wealthiest countries, primary among which is to create capitalist countries that allow for unregulated trade and open investment. And it is for such reasons that the IMF has come under sustained criticism from many development and human rights NGOs, as well as national governments throughout the world. Especially in terms of its structural adjustment loans, many see the IMF as imposing policies on poor countries that create great hardships for the majority of the population." La'o Hamutuk: East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis

Jun 30 JCCJP: Japanese church leaders oppose Japanese troops in East Timor  Position statement added July 10
"Most Japanese people want Japan to contribute to world peace first and foremost by strictly adhering to its war-renouncing “peace constitution.” ... The present government plan to send the SDF to join a peace keeping operation in East is directly opposed to theses, the fervently held wishes of our people. Furthermore, this newly planned dispatch of Japanese troops to East Timor is particularly callous in light of the Government’s refusal to this day to fully acknowledge, apologize for, or compensate the army’s sex slaves and other victims of Japan’s occupation of East Timor during the Pacific War." Japanese Catholic Council for Justice and Peace

Jun 29 St.J: Young Activist Tries to Make Social Change  Article added July 18
“We’re training them [Indonesian government] to repress their own people [through military aid] and that allows corporations to go into Indonesia, ... People who try to organize to improve their conditions get killed. ... I’ve learned that I can make a difference and change the world, ... I think if you can make a small change, you can send out a ripple, ... In that small way you can even affect politics in East Timor.” Tristan Vazquez, member, East Timor Action Network

Jun 29 FRETILIN Italia: Open letter to FRETILIN  Letter added June 30
"During the struggle of liberation a surprising energy has been emanated from our people and this energy has to continue to produce the propelling force that is necessary for the development of the country. ... The well-proportioned development of the Timorese society will be realized only within an economical policy that will dispense in a fair way the wealth our country will produce. We have to avoid that a without-laws capitalism lashes our people and our country." David Dias Quintas Corona, FRETILIN rep in Italy

Jun 29 SMH: People to have their say - but so will the UN  News added June 29
"The United Nations has told the people of East Timor they will be virtually self-governing from September 15 - but that the UN will decide who will form the government. The head of the UN administration in the country, Mr Sergio Vieira de Mello, appealed yesterday to political parties to accept a government of national unity after elections on August 30 for a constituent assembly, or parliament. He indicated he had the right to appoint such a government, although he added that the new Cabinet would “broadly reflect” the results of the elections." Mark Dodd, Herald Correspondent in Dili

Jun 28 Asia Times: Madness For the US to Restore Relations with TNI  Article added June 29
"The Bush administration has approved a restoration of limited military contacts with Indonesia, while Australia wants to go a step further by signing a formal security treaty. This is madness," Alan Boyd

Jun 27 STL: Xanana cancels trip to meet refugees in West Timor  News from ETimor added June 28
“On Monday morning, I received a call from UNTAET Chief of Staff N Parameswaran who advised me that the situation in West Timor was not conducive for meeting with refugees and militia leaders to be held. He added Jakarta could not guarantee my safety,” former president of CNRT Xanana Gusmao

Until June 26 CIIR: Employment as Women’s Advocacy Officer in East Timor  Request added June 8
"The Catholic Institute for International Relations is working on tackling the causes of poverty and injustice internationally through advocacy and skillsharing. We work with people of all faiths or none. We are seeking to recruit a Women’s Advocacy Officer two-year contract. The post-holder will work on women’s advocacy with CIIR’s partners in East Timor."

Jun 25 ETDF: Ruak at the Opening Session of the Defence Donors Conference  Speech added June 26
"We can now say that we have achieved the structural transformation of FALINTIL into a Defence Force as conceptualised last year.
From yesterday’s guerrilla army based and inspired by the commitment and determination of our People and on the courage and patriotism of its members who fought with conviction for the liberation of our Homeland, we are now in the process of shaping a conventional force." Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak, East Timor Defence Force

Jun 25 From the former office of CNRT/CNP  Letter added June 26
"As you are all aware, the CNRT/CN was formally dissolved on 9 June 2001. Consequently, Mr. Gusmao is no longer President of the CNRT/CN and the Office that was set up in February 1999 to assist his work has ceased its functions. ... We kindly request that all matters addressed to Mr. Gusmao be, as from today, addressed to the already existing institutions in East Timor and relevant sectoral departments within the East Timor Transitional Administration." Former Office of the CNRT/CN President, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao

June 22 SMH: And justice for all: Dili backs international war crimes tribunal  Good News added June 23
"East Timor’s de facto government, the National Council, has backed the formation of an international war crimes tribunal to prosecute leaders of anti-independence militias and their Indonesian army supporters. The council voted overwhelmingly in support of the tribunal and also endorsed legislation to establish a South African-style Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The moves were initiated by council member, Mr Aniceto Guterres, East Timor’s best known lawyer, who also heads the country’s Yayasan-HAK human rights foundation" Mark Dodd, Herald Correspondent in Dili

June 22 McKee comment on ABC: Pipeline to East Timor?  Comment & news added June 23
"the debate over the technical and economic feasibility of a pipeline to East Timor has been re-activated by PetroTimor’s claim that they can construct such a pipeline. It is known that the East Timorese leadership are aware of the benefits of a small diameter pipeline ... to bring gas from Bayu-Undan to the East Timor domestic market. This potential project would enable the small country to have a secure and clean source of energy ... " G A McKee, oil industry consultant

Until Jun 22 Jakarta detainees' letter to Alexander Downer  Petition updated June 16
"The following letter has been sent to Alexander Downer, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade by the Jakarta detainees. If you would like to add your name to the list of endorsees, please reply by email to asiet@asiet.org.au before June 22"

Bahasa Indonesia:
Jun 20 AID/WATCH: Proposal Microfinance dari ADB  Article added July 27
"Pengelolaan ADB (Asian Development Bank) tentang proyek pengembangan Microfinance untuk Timor Lorosae adalah sebuah pemahaman yang minim dan rencana mundur. Sewaktu batas kredit untuk Timor Lorosae non profit credit union (koperasi simpan pinjam) diterima dengan tangan terbuka, usulan dari Microfinance Bank merupakan sebuah lembaga tidak mengakar yang bertujuan untuk mengenakan bunga yang sangat tinggi dari "yang termiskin dari kelompok miskin" " Dr Tim Anderson, Campaigner, AID/WATCH

Bahasa Indonesia:
Jun 20 Profil Organisasi AID/WATCH  Article added July 21
"AID/WATCH adalah sebuah organisasi berbasiskan pada masyarakat, tidak mengambil untung, melakukan kampanye atas keterlibatan Australia dalam bantuan luar negri dan proyek proyek, program dan kebijakan pembangunan. Sewaktu kami memonitor Dolar pembangunan, kami bekerja untuk memastikan bahwa uang bantuan tersebut menjangkau individu, masyarakat dan lingkungan yang tepat. ...
Kampanye AID/WATCH: Timor Watch: Menyadari besarnya peran Australia pada pembangunan di East Timor maka AID/WATCH telah memulai kampanye 'Timor Watch' yang akan bekerja sama dengan Organisasi kemasyarakatan lokal untuk memonitor peran dari dana bantuan dan agen pembangunan dalam proses pembangunan kembali East Timor." Yoga Sofyar, AID/WATCH

Jun 20 AFP: UN blames Australia for Timor Gap treaty delay  News added June 25
“some new issues have been introduced by the Australian side and that’s making it more difficult. ... I think they can be easily resolved on the basis of the text we had been working on until just a week ago. But now, I don’t know. ... It will be very difficult if not impossible for any agreement to be concluded between July 15 and when the new government takes place after the election of a constitutional assembly,” Peter Galbraith, political affairs chief, United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET)

Jun 20 DemNow!: Interviews on Refugees, Justice  Interviews added June 21
"If Western officials wanted a truer picture of the world refugee situation, and their own role in exacerbating this crisis, they might go to Indonesian West Timor, where they could more appropriately celebrate world hostage day. There, Indonesia continues to hold tens of thousands of East Timorese refugees as virtual hostages nearly two years after they voted overwhelmingly for independence." Democracy Now! interviews Winston Neil Rondo & Matthew Jardine

Portuguese:
Jun 18 OTL: Transição e processo eleitoral  Report added June 23
"o processo eleitoral progride nos seus aspectos a dominante administrativos (recenseamento, registo dos partidos) mas, nos domínios onde o papel dos Timorenses é ou devia ser preponderante (educação cívica e eleitoral, mecanismos de preparação da Constituição), o processo emperra. Muitos funcionários internacionais parecem não aprender tão depressa como Xanana Gusmão que: “a democracia não se ensina, pratica-se” " Observatório Timor Leste

Jun 18 ETO: Transition and the electoral process  Report added June 23
"the electoral process is progressing in terms of the administrative aspects (voter registration, political party registration), but wherever the Timorese are, or ought to be playing an active role (civic and electoral education, consultation mechanisms for the future Constitution), the process becomes stuck. As Xanana Gusmão has pointed out, many international officials appear slow to realise that “democracy is not something that is taught, but practiced” " East Timor Observatory

Jun 18 CAA-OA: A step at a time in East Timor  Interview added June 21
"The overall goal is to ensure active participation—particularly for women—in the reconstruction, development and political process. So some of the organisations we work with are predominantly women’s organisations. ... We’re working quite a lot on a women and leadership programme, looking at how legislation is being developed, how to draft a constitution, why it’s important for women be involved, why their vote counts, what they might feel is important." Keryn Clark, Country Programme Manager, Oxfam Australia (Community Aid Abroad)

Jun 17 Guterez: Is access to justice still dependent on position in ETimor?  Article and letter added June 22
"This [domestic violence] case seems to be taking a long time to get to court and ... I feel justice may not be done. With domestic violence being common here and Dr Sergio being a well-known figure the case could be a big move to make it clear that domestic violence is not expectable and illegal. Perhaps it is time for the international community to voice their concern." Jane Guterez

Jun 15 ET NGO Forum: Donors’ Meeting Discusses Key Issues  Final release added June 18
"The NGO community is still concerned about the lack of clarity about future justice for East Timor, and urges continued international attention on how this will be achieved. It is essential for Reconciliation. We would like to see an International Tribunal as one of the options to be explored.” Aderito Soares, ET NGO spokesman on Legal and Constitutional issues

Jun 15 ET NGO Forum: Economic and Social Development Issues  Comment added June 18
"Such a vision would need to include access to appropriate education for excluded groups, particularly many children and adults in rural and remote areas. With 64% of our women unable to read and write, non-formal education is very important for them. There must also be guaranteed access to schooling for girls so that education contributes to more gender equity in our society." Forum Nacional ONG Timor Lorosa'e / The East Timor National NGO Forum

Jun 15 ET NGO Forum: Financial Sustainability  Comment added June 18
"NGOs believe that the East Timorese people must direct their own development, This includes decisions around funding particularly given that so many difficult decisions will need to be made on spending priorities. NGOs promote the principle of decentralised and participatory budget making as detailed by Emilia Pires of the NPDA." Forum Nacional ONG Timor Lorosa'e / The East Timor National NGO Forum

Jun 15 ET NGO Forum: Political Transition  Comment added June 18
"Refugees: We know that more than 90% are reported to have said they want to stay in Indonesia. NGOs suggest that there should be an independent evaluation of the validity of this registration process." Forum Nacional ONG Timor Lorosa'e / The East Timor National NGO Forum

Jun 15 ET NGO Forum: Administrative Transition  Comment added June 18
"there has to be a strong focus now on capacity-building. This means international staff must move into advisory positions with objectives and job descriptions related to capacity-building. There should be performance indicators established and monitored to ensure capacity-building is happening. Capacity building is not just training individuals. It requires building policies and procedures, and the development of a culture of transparency, accountability, and effectiveness, including training on gender awareness for public services." Arsenio Bano, Executive Director of the ET NGO Forum

Jun 15 AAP: Timor Gap talks on sharing oil, gas reserves bog down  News added June 16
“Being realistic, we are getting stuck now on the three main issues, ... We’re still doing our best to have the agreements concluded by July 15 or even before. ... We are very generous, we are ready to give 10 per cent from 100 per cent of ours to Australia,” Dr Mari Alkatiri, East Timor’s Minister for Economic Affairs

Jun 14 CSUCS: Child Soldiers Global Report 2001 - East Timor Chapter  Report added June 24
"New legislation being adopted for an independent East Timor will set 18 as the minimum age for recruitment. The reintegration of child soldiers, some as young as 12, who were used by both government and opposition forces during the conflict still presents a major challenge. The abduction and recruitment of children by anti-independence militia for the purposes of indoctrination has been reported." Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

Jun 14 IHT: Ramos-Horta: East Timor Is Worthy of Your Help  Opinion added June 16
"We want to avoid too much dependence on oil and gas revenues, however. For this reason, we greatly appreciate international assistance to help diversify our economy, improve farm productivity, and strengthen small enterprises in manufacturing and tourism. Economic self-reliance is the cornerstone of true independence." José Ramos-Horta

Jun 13 ET NGO papers for Donors’ Conference June 2001  Complete text of Presentation [210 KB] updated June 16
"Includes papers on these topics: Justice and Human rights; Constitution; Women (REDE Statement); Children and Youth;
Education; Capacity building; Health; Agriculture; Environment; Water and Sanitation; Refugees."

Jun 13 ET NGO: Donors’ Conference: Justice & Human Rights  Paper updated June 16
"The only remaining option for the prosecution of those responsible for human rights violations in East Timor currently residing Indonesia is to establish an International Ad Hoc Criminal Tribunal. The tribunal should be established on recommendations from, and according to terms negotiated by the East Timorese people." Forum Nacional ONG Timor Lorosa'e / The East Timor National NGO Forum

Jun 13 ET NGO: Donors’ Conference: Constitutional Process in East Timor  Paper added June 15
" ... we recommend that there should be a greater effort to resource the consultation process for the constitution, and the consultation needs to be extended beyond the elections for the Constituent Assembly. Without significant change in the timetable, the new Constitution should only be viewed as an interim Constitution, allowing more time for broad based input and consultation." Forum Nacional ONG Timor Lorosa'e / The East Timor National NGO Forum

Jun 13 ET NGO: REDE: Donors’ Conference: Women's Issues in East Timor  Paper added June 15
"All policy making must be done on the basis of gender mainstreaming. The government must ensure that there is a mechanism which guarantees the rights of women and gender justice in operational funds. This must be done in parallel in the allocation of programs which strengthen civil society and organisations within it which promote women’s issues so as to ensure the effectiveness of advocacy and measures to progressively bring about changes in the lives of women." REDE Feto Timor Lorosa’e (Timorese Women’s Network)

Jun 13 ET NGO: Donors’ Conference: Children & Youth  Paper updated June 16
" ... initiatives for children have been localised and small. The net result is that there is very little service provision for children now. ... One of the main concerns for NGOs has been the potential crisis that may occur when the international NGOs pull out. Some of this has started to occur already. We are concerned that the government does not appear to have made adequate provision either in terms of planning or budgets for the large scale central government social care that will be required." Forum Nacional ONG Timor Lorosa'e / The East Timor National NGO Forum

Jun 13 ET NGO: Donors’ Conference: Education  Paper added June 15
"Education should be seen as the key to East Timor’s future. ... We believe that it is vital for ETTA and donors to listen to civil society views about the situation in education at the point of delivery, so that appropriate strategies can be devised. ... We believe that the potential for national and international NGOs to contribute human and financial resources to the education sector has yet to be fully realized. This is particularly true with the non-formal sector where civil society organizations have a special contribution to make." Forum Nacional ONG Timor Lorosa'e / The East Timor National NGO Forum

Jun 13 ET NGO: Donors’ Conference: Capacity Building  Paper added June 15
"Ultimately the challenge to donors now lies in finding ways to assist the East Timorese to lead their country into full independence and manage the demands that will bring. The East Timorese do not want a culture of dependence to develop with donors. Instead they want donors to work together with leadership within both the government and non government sectors to build the national human capacity across the country and across all sectors." Forum Nacional ONG Timor Lorosa'e / The East Timor National NGO Forum

Jun 13 ET NGO: Donors’ Conference: Health  Paper added June 15
"The pace of transition and the resources required for an effective transition from the post conflict situation to the development of a sustainable health system needs to realistic. ... [East Timorese] NGOs recognise that sufficient time is needed to consolidate and ensure the transfer of both management and technical skills to East Timorese both within the DHS employed staff and other civil society organisations." Forum Nacional ONG Timor Lorosa'e / The East Timor National NGO Forum

Jun 13 ET NGO: Donors’ Conference: Agriculture  Paper added June 15
"Efforts to reconstruct East Timor from ruins, including rebuilding the agriculture sector, are being made by UNTAET, ETTA, and national and international NGOs, together with donor countries and donor institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank. However, due to limited human and natural resources and some ineffective management systems, these efforts have not yet yielded significant results. This is very disturbing, because a failure to address the pressing needs of the agricultural sector could eventually lead to social and economic instability and increased environmental fragility." Forum Nacional ONG Timor Lorosa'e / The East Timor National NGO Forum

Jun 13 ET NGO: Donors’ Conference: Environment  Paper added June 15
"Current environmental issues are inextricably related to environmental management in the previous era. For this reason, current environmental management cannot be divorced from the need to change community perspectives, which have become unconsciously caught up in environmentally damaging ways of exploiting natural resources. ... These challenges require holistic and multi-sectoral approaches to environmental management, where environmental issues are viewed as interdependent with other types of issues, including how policy is formulated." Forum Nacional ONG Timor Lorosa'e / The East Timor National NGO Forum

Jun 13 ET W&S NGOs: Donors’ Conference: Water & Sanitation  Paper added June 15
"Water and sanitation provision across East Timor is still a right denied to many. An immediate manifestation of this fact is the compromised health of communities due to both a lack of water and the range of water-born diseases that are making an impact. On a lifestyle level, the absence of a water distribution system is absorbed almost exclusively by the labour of women and children, as they are the ones who must carry water over long distances." East Timorese National water and sanitation (W&S) NGOs

Jun 13 ET NGO: Donors’ Conference: Refugees  Paper added June 15
""There are still tens of thousands of East Timorese who fled across the border to West Timor in September 1999 and who are still waiting in the camps until they think it safe to return to East Timor. Those of greatest concern to the NGO Forum are those who fled from violence and crossed the border by force or in confusion. ... it is an injustice that these persons are being denied the right to participate in the East Timor election of 30 August 2001" Forum Nacional ONG Timor Lorosa'e / The East Timor National NGO Forum

Jun 13 ETNGO Forum: The voice of Civil Society calls the Donors  Statement added June 14
"Following consultation amongst the NGOs in East Timor, the following are the key issues that national and international NGO’s wish to draw to the attention of international donors:
1. Timeframe For Transition; 2. International Tribunal; 3. Capacity Building As A Priority; 4. Involvement Of A Broad Sector Of Timorese Society; 5. Monitoring And Transparency Of Reconstruction Process; 6. East Timorese Must Direct Their Own Development." Forum Nacional ONG Timor Lorosa'e / The East Timor National NGO Forum

Jun 13 CAA-OA: East Timor Donors must deliver  Release added June 14
"The international and national non-government organisations in East Timor are calling for:
* A longer timeframe for political transition – Donors are asked to support a longer time frame for popular consultation on the constitution, so that East Timorese men and women can be consulted effectively.
* A clear UNTAET exit plan – Donors are asked to support clear a process for UNTAET withdrawal that includes transfer of skills and capacity to East Timorese institutions.
* Long-term strategy for development – Donor nations are asked deliver appropriate funding taking into consideration the long-term needs of the East Timorese people." Oxfam Community Aid

Jun 13 JUSTICE FOR EAST TIMOR  Petition added June 13
"In the light of the above, we call upon the international community to:
* Press the UN Security Council to take immediate steps to set up an international tribunal to bring to justice Indonesian military officers and others responsible for gross violations of human rights in East Timor whenever they were committed.
* Ensure that UNTAET makes the necessary structural and management changes to the SCIU and that it allocates sufficient resources and personnel to the Unit so that it is able to conduct credible investigations and prosecutions which take into account the systematic and planned nature of the violence.
* Press the UN to provide greater professional and financial support to inexperienced East Timor judges, prosecutors and defenders.
* Make a commitment to support and provide resources for serious crimes investigations in East Timor after the current UNTAET mandate expires."
Statement endorsed by 45 Groups and Organisations in Solidarity with East Timor from around the world

Jun 13 CAFOD/CIIR/TAPOL: British aid agencies call for justice in East Timor  Release added June 13
“Indonesia has prevaricated too long on this issue. Jakarta does not intend to pursue justice for the East Timorese. It is now time for the international community to act. An international tribunal must be set up. Timely justice and the ending of impunity are essential for peace and reconciliation in East Timor and for democracy and stability in Indonesia.” CAFOD’s East Timor Programme Officer Catherine Sexton

Until June 11 Petition for International Tribunal on East Timor  Petition added May 24
Up-date: This petition is now complete. See who signed on!

Jun 11 Visit to see Tom Hyland, East Timor Ireland Support Campaign  Email updated June 14
"All this goes to show what one person, or one small group of people, can do and what a powerful influence they can be in inspiring others. In fact, instead of leaving Dublin early next morning as planned, Gareth [Smith] and I stayed an extra hour or two so that we could pen a letter of support to the Eire Government for the active part they were taking in Europe and America to help the people of East Timor. Then we delivered it personally to the Minister who had responsibility to the European Parliament. The world can be a small place, can't it?" Maxine

Jun 10 Univ: "The Joy that freedom Brings"  Article updated June 14
“That a small nation like ours, through diplomatic efforts, can assist other small nations such as East Timor on the road to self- determination is a deep source of pride for us all, ... Our involvement in the affairs of East Timor did not begin around the Cabinet table, or in Government Buildings, it all began in a Ballyfermot living room, with a wonderful individual, a bus driver named Tom Hyland [co-founder of the East Timor Ireland Support Campaign]" David Andrew, former Foreign Minister, Ireland

Jun 10-11 SMH; AAP; Reut: News reports on activists detained in Jakarta  News added June 11
"About 100 people were at the meeting when dozens of police suddenly appeared, ... They were bristling with rifles. I was there with my partner, Peter Boyle, and four-year-old daughter, Zoe. We just sat tight. They blocked off the exits and used a loud-hailer and were shouting.” Ms Pip Hinman, One of the Australians detained

Jun 9 ASIET: Indonesian government reneges on Australians’ release  Release added June 11
"Thirty-two academics, Non Government Organisation representatives and activists are back in police custody at the Jakarta Regional Police Headquarters Intelligence Section, detained against their will because of their attendance at a conference. ... They have no information on what the government intends to do with them. ... There will be vigils and demonstrations in cities around Australia at noon tomorrow, Sunday June 10, outside Indonesian consulates and Garuda Airlines offices to demand the immediate release of the conference attendees and to condemn the Indoesian government and military’s crushing of democratic discussion." Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor

Jun 9 ASIET: Jakarta police attack conference, detain foreign academics and attendees  Petition added June 10
"Urgent support is needed from all supporters of democratic rights around the world following the June 8 police attack on an Asia Pacific solidarity conference held in Jakarta. ... We are asking all supporters of democratic rights to express their condemnation of these attacks through protest faxes and emails to Indonesian diplomatic offices. We also invite people to organise demostrations outside consulates, embassies and offices of Garuda Airways." ASIET (Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor)

Jun 9 Age: Xanana Gusmao warms to election bid  News added June 10
“The single most important issue for them is who is going to be the president. And there is only one person they all, with unanimity, want. That is Xanana Gusmao. For them, independence, freedom, is associated with Gusmao, so a lot of people are worried he says he is not running for president - many say if he is not running, they will not bother voting. But I believe he will run,” Jose Ramos Horta, Nobel peace laureate and East Timor’s de facto foreign minister

Jun 9 CNRT: Dissolution Declaration  Statement added June 10
"I, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, President of the CNRT/CN, declare that at five p.m., on the ninth day of the month of June of the year
two thousand and one, the National Council Of Timorese Resistance (CNRT/CN) is formally dissolved. Honour And Glory To The Martyrs Of The Liberation Of Our Homeland! Long Live CNRT! Long Live The People Of Timor Lorosa’e!" Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, President of the CNRT/CN

Jun 9 CNRT: Xanana's Speech on Dissolution of CNRT  Speech added June 10
"The process of building something new from ashes is difficult. If throughout 24 years nobody was able to give guarantees of when the war would end, and even in the face of all manner of pressures, we fought on, confident that victory would come, today we will redouble our efforts, our determination and that spirity of faith and trust which united us always. Let us have faith in the future, a future of improved life quality for all our people, but let us remember, too, the need for hard work in order to achieve this goal." Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, President of the CNRT/CN

Jun 9 SMH: A long struggle is over, long live peaceful democracy  News added Jun 10
“But this is an event that happens to most organisations. The reality is we have to allow the parties here to now involve themselves in the political process of the transition. We don’t want the CNRT to go on as an umbrella for every party. We want to show everyone that we want to set up democracy in our country.” David Ximenes, former CNRT head of security and veteran resistance fighter

Jun 8 CT: East Timor leader 'frustrated' by lack of justice  News added June 12
"If you steal a bicycle in Holland you spend a few months in prison. In Indonesia you kill three humanitarian workers in cold blood, you boast about it on television, and you get 10 to 20 months, ... When a country, a government, a society, shrugs in the face of such destruction, at the horrendous crimes committed under its flag, its name, I can only say I pity, and I am afraid for that country." Jose Ramos-Horta

Jun 8 OCHA Consolidated Situation Report No. 27  Report added June 10
"UNTAET, UNHCR and the CNRT have just completed a two-month community-by-community survey in East Timor, which indicates that 84,707 persons are missing." UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Jun 8 RA: Horta calls registration a farce  News added June 9
"Nobel Peace laureate Jose Ramos Horta says an Indonesian poll this week to determine whether thousands of East Timorese refugees in West Timor want to return to home, is a “sham”. Mr Ramos-Horta says the refugees are too afraid of being kidnapped, murdered and raped by pro-Indonesian gangs to say they want to go home." Radio Australia

Jun 8 UMNS: Refugees in West Timor face critical conditions  News added June 10
"Rondo [Centre for Internally Displaced People’s Services in WTimor] believes churches can make a difference in the crisis by advocating for action. He and the East Timor Action Network, which sponsored his U.S. speaking tour, are calling for:
· Pressure from the U.S. and international community on the Indonesian government to disarm and disband the militias.
· Support for an international tribunal on crimes against humanity committed in East Timor.
· Creation of a credible refugee registration process with significant international participation and oversight.
· Adoption of a complete ban on weapons sales, training and support for the Indonesian military by the United States until these issues have been resolved." United Methodist News Service

Jun 8 JRS: Timor alert  Alert added June 9
"Preparation for the registration [of refugees in WTimor] was a failure. The limited time, the lack of non-partisan people to spell out the consequences of both choices to the refugees, the lack of information material, all contributed to this. The only explanations were given by the camp leaders or UNTAS (militia-linked political organisation). Many people do not understand what their decision means," Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in West Timor.

Jun 7 ETNGO Forum: Donors Meeting must be for Rural People  Release added June 14
“It is crucial that those attending this meeting do not merely discuss the political and administrative transition, but also consider how rural communities can benefit from donor grants,” Arsenio Bano, Executive Director, ET NGO Forum

Jun 7 ETAN and CIS urge UN to reject sham refugee registration in West Timor  Petition added Jun 8
"the refugee registration process conducted by Indonesia this week must be soundly rejected. The United Nations and the international community have accepted Indonesia’s hollow promises and dangerous charades too many times and left the East Timorese people to bear the bloody consequences. This time, they must do better." ETAN & CIS [the Centre for Internally Displaced Peoples Service in West Timor]

Jun 7 SMH: Fears over returning East Timor refugees  News added June 9
"Their presence in the camps would be terrifying. They have been trying to keep the refugees in the camps as one of their main political objectives. ... If, after the census, those who want to come back are not provided with the means, they will be more vulnerable than ever and exposed to those who have power in the camps, the militias." Mr Joaquim Fonseca, East Timorese human rights foundation Yayasan-Hak

Jun 7 AFP Australia slams release of East Timor militia leader  News added June 9
"Australia Thursday denounced a decision by Indonesian authorities to free a notorious East Timorese militia leader [Eurico Guterres] after he had served just 23 days of a six-month prison sentence. ... Guterres has been implicated in a number of atrocities in East Timor as pro-Jakarta militias, armed and trained by the Indonesian army, embarked upon a bloody, scorched-earth rampage after the East Timorese voted overwhelmingly for independence from Indonesian on August 30, 1999." AFP

Jun 6 AAP: Timor Gap revenue split remains unresolved: DFAT  News added June 9
"There are a number of areas that are still subject to finalisation in negotiations, ... Revenue split is one, but there are a number of others. ... After a rocky start we’ve made some very substantial progress in those negotiations and we hope to be in a position ... to approve a framework agreement for the Timor Sea, probably in early July,” " David Ritchie, first assistant secretary, DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Australian Government)

Jun 6 U.S. NGO letter to Powell re. intl tribunal for East Timor  Petition added June 9
" ... we urge the U.S. government to redouble its efforts to end impunity and ensure accountability and justice. The United States should heed Bishop Belo’s cry by giving unconditional support for an international tribunal on East Timor, and taking the lead in encouraging the UN Security Council to do the same. " 33 U.S. Non-government organisations

Jun 6 Reut: Gusmao will be E.Timor president, Ramos-Horta says  News added June 12
“I told him [Gusmao] very bluntly that if he doesn’t run for president then I will not be in any government, ... The first five years he has to be there and I am persuaded he will be there.” Jose Ramos-Horta, Cabinet Member for Foreign Affairs, United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor

Jun 4 AP: No Early UN Military Withdrawal From E Timor -Ramos Horta  News added June 12
[any reduction in the present UN peacekeeping 8,000 strong force] “will be conditioned by the situation ... in West Timor, ... In order to facilitate the peace and independence of East Timor, there should be no early withdrawal,” Jose Ramos-Horta, Cabinet Member for Foreign Affairs, United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor

Jun 2 Dunn: Re call for Tribunal  Comment added June 19
"In view of the changing scene in Jakarta the need to press for an international tribunal is now more urgent. ... What we should not be doing, is hesitating and encouraging the TNI command establishment to conclude that it is now likely to escape international scrutiny." James Dunn, Crimes investigator for United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET)

Jun 2 AFP: East Timorese leader says independence for territory in 2002  News added June 12
“I don’t think it’s necessary to postpone elections for the constituent assembly in August, ... But independence will only happen around the middle of 2002 because there will have to be a ‘timorisation’ of the public administration.” Bishop Carlos Belo, Nobel Peace laureate

Jun 1 Gabrielson: U.S. Responsibility in the West Timor Refugee Crisis  Report added July 11
"Militias, with their ever-present patrons, the Indonesian military and police, forced the vast majority of the deportees onto crowded lorries, sometimes allowing them to take a few things, other times herding them like livestock at gunpoint, and carted them unceremoniously across the border to West Timor. Mr. Barrus and his family were taken this way, bringing nothing with them, and not even knowing their exact location when they were dumped off the truck. There were no provisions for them upon their arrival: no shelter, no food, no health or sanitary facilities, no land. Nor were the people of West Timor pleased with the sudden influx of hundreds of thousands of displaced people." Curt Gabrielson

Jun 1 AI: Report 2001, Covering events from Jan-Dec 2000  Link to report added Jun 21
"The legal and institutional framework for investigating and prosecuting serious crimes was introduced by UNTAET. Jurisdiction over serious crimes under international law including war crimes, crimes against humanity, torture and sexual offences was established. A Special Crimes Unit was established to investigate the massive human rights violations which were perpetrated by pro-Indonesian militia and the Indonesian security forces in 1999. However, lack of support and resources contributed to the slow pace of investigations. ... by the end of 2000 no one had been brought to justice for crimes committed during 1999." Amnesty International

Jun 1 JSMP: New Human Rights Project in East Timor  Project added June 9
"We would like to introduce you to the Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP), a new human rights project set up by the East Timorese Jurists’ Association and the Timorese/international organisation La'o Hamutuk. JSMP aims to assist the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor, the East Timorese public and the international community by making recommendations for ongoing reform of the fledgling judicial system of East Timor."


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