BACK DOOR Newsletter on Timor Loro Sa'e: Monday June 11 2001

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CONTENTS:
  CURRENT URGENT ACTIONS  Updated June 10
  TOPICAL THEMES  Updated June 10
  JUNE 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS  Updated June 10
  MAY 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS  Updated June 9
  UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS  Updated June 11
  UP-TO-DATE 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

Petitions:

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)

LAST DAY June 11  Until June 11 Petition for International Tribunal on East Timor  Petition added May 24
"We are circulating the statement below for signatures [from Groups and organisations in Solidarity with East Timor] in order to reiterate the call for an international tribunal on East Timor. We plan to release the full list of signatories together with the Statement at the time of the next East Timor World Bank Donor’s Meeting in Canberra next month." UK Groups in Solidarity with East Timor

Working in East Timor:

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."

Inform Yourself:

Current AETA Resource List (Australia-East Timor Association)  Resources on ETimor added Apr 26
AETA (Melbourne) provide a community-based non-profit service that includes the provision of books, educational materials, Tetum language books/kits and music CDs/cassettes. This diverse collection of resources includes materials that are otherwise difficult to obtain. - BD

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TOPICAL THEMES

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

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

Financing Reconstruction Updated June 9
Timor Oil  Updated June 9
'Refugees' & Missing Persons  Updated June 10
FRETILIN - Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor  Updated June 8
Calls for International War Crimes Tribunal  Up-Dated June 9
Sexual Violence as a weapon of war  Updated June 9
National Council of Timorese Resistance (CNRT)  Updated June 10

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JUNE 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

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

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."

Until June 11 Petition for International Tribunal on East Timor  Petition added May 24
"We are circulating the statement below for signatures [from Groups and organisations in Solidarity with East Timor] in order to reiterate the call for an international tribunal on East Timor. We plan to release the full list of signatories together with the Statement at the time of the next East Timor World Bank Donor’s Meeting in Canberra next month." UK Groups in Solidarity with 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 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 10 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 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 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 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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MAY 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

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

May 28 AidWatch: Letter to World Bank  Letter added June 9
"At the seminar you [Mr Klaus Rohland] explained World Bank reasons for vetoing the public grain silo. ... However you did not address the main point of my question, which was: how was this ‘vetoing’ of funds, given for the people of East Timor by the donor countries, consistent with the human right of self-determination of a people (Article One of both the Covenants of the International Bill of Rights)?"  Tim Anderson, researcher, AID/WATCH: Monitoring the Development Dollar

May 25 GLW: World Bank dictates development  Article added June 9
"There is a common perception that the World Bank is a subsidiary or support group for the UN, which is not the case. ... The World Bank is indirectly at the moment - and I think with stronger pressure in the future - pushing the East Timorese into developing cash crops for export, in particular, organic coffee. This will create pressure on old traditional title and [lead to] the resolution of land disputes in favour of large landholders [who seek] to consolidate and create cash-cropping areas, which also poses the threat of environmental degradation." Tim Anderson, researcher, AID/WATCH: Monitoring the Development Dollar

May 17 ETO: East Timor Defence Force: the price of security  Report added June 8
"Continuing instability (largely due to the behaviour of militias, and Armed Forces and Government of Indonesia) has forced the international community and the Timorese to shift from their original position that the territory should not have armed forces. By the end of 2001, only 600 members of the ETDF will have been trained, which means that the presence of international military and observers will have to continue, until militias in West Timor are disbanded, disarmed, and their members brought to trial." East Timor Observatory

Portuguese:
May 17 OTL: Forças de Defesa de Timor Leste: custos da segurança  Report added June 8
"A situação de instabilidade continuada (fortemente dependente do comportamento das milícias, Forças Armadas e governo indonésio) obrigou a comunidade internacional e os timorenses a alterar a posição inicial de não criação de FA para o território. Apenas 600 efectivos das FDTL serão treinados até finais de 2001, o que impõe a necessidade da continuação de uma presença de militares e observadores internacionais até que as milícias em Timor Ocidental sejam desmanteladas, desarmadas e os seus elementos levados a julgamento." Observatório Timor Leste

May 14 SC: Petroleum Related Education, Training And Employment For East Timorese  Release added June 9
"The Steering Committee ...  is pleased to announce that its Member Organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop programs designed to enable East Timorese people to compete effectively for employment in the oil and gas industry and related East Timor Government administration." Dr Mari Alkatiri, Chair of the Steering Committee

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UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS

Access details of Canberra Events at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/ACTEvents.htm
 
PUBLIC MEETING: visiting East Timorese civil society leaders
EAST TIMOR: ELECTIONS AND INDEPENDENCE
AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR OVERSEAS AID
SPEAKERS: Arsenio Bano, East Timor NGO Forum;
Alexio De Cruz, East Timor NGO Forum;
A senior East Timor women’s representative;
John Scott- Murphy, Caritas Australia
The Johnson Auditorium, Pilgrim House Conference Centre
69 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City.
Wednesday, 13 June, 7 to 9.30 pm

Lu Olo (Coordinator of FRETILIN) meets with Solidarity groups
Bookings essential: Gil Santos Phone (03) 9663-6611
This event is open to groups in solidarity with East Timor only.
Fretilin Office, (Vic Trades Hall) Carlton South, Melbourne
Thursday 14th June, 4-6pm

United Nations World Refugee Day
Refugee Rights Groups - National Day of Action
Protesting outside the Headquarters of the Department of Immigration, Chan St Belconnen
Wednesday 20 June, 12.30pm

Book Launch for John Martinkus book on East Timor "The Dirty Little War",
coupled with the opening of foreign journalists East Timor Photo Exhibition.
Details from H. T. Lee at cfmeuht@magna.com.au
CANBERRA SERVICES CLUB, Canberra Ave, Manuka.
Friday July 13th, 6.30pm

Mid July SBS screening of King/CavaDini documentary film "Starting From Zero".

Sydney Timorese Community Festival with "Leaving the Crocodile" Exhibition.
Timorese artists working with the Liverpool Museum; Principal Curator: Amanda Wise.
Liverpool Regional Museum, Sydney
August 25th-December 15th

August 30th East Timor National Election Date


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UP-TO-DATE RELATED LINKS

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

Bahasa Indonesia:
SOLIDAMOR "Solidaritas Tanpa Batas"

English:
SOLIDAMOR "Solidarity Without Borders"

Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP)

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