BACK DOOR Newsletter on Timor Loro Sa'e: Monday June 18 2001

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CONTENTS:
  CURRENT URGENT ACTIONS  Updated  June 16
  TOPICAL THEMES  Updated  June 16
  JUNE 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS  Updated  June 16
  UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS  Updated  June 16
  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

Petitions & Lobbying:

Jun 13 TAPOL: British aid agencies call for justice in East Timor  Release added June 14
“Below is a press release for the UK media. Others may wish to do a similar release for their media.” Paul Barber, TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign

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"

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TOPICAL THEMES

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

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

NEW East Timor National NGO Forum  Updated June 16

NEW Capacity Building & 'Timorisation'  Updated June 16

NEW East Timorese Leaders and personalities  Updated June 14

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

Financing Reconstruction  Updated June 16

Timor Oil  Updated June 16

'Refugees' & Missing Persons  Updated June 15

Women's Issues  Updated June 15

War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity  Updated June 13

Calls for International War Crimes Tribunal  Up-Dated June 15

Truth, Reception and Reconciliation  Up-Dated June 14

National Council of Timorese Resistance (CNRT)  Updated June 12

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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 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"

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 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

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 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 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 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 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

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UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS

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

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 "A Dirty Little War",
coupled with the opening of Photo Exhibition: Through the Eye of the Lens
CANBERRA SERVICES CLUB, Canberra Ave, Manuka.
Also Sydney, Melbourne and Dili on other dates
Friday July 13th, 6.30pm
Photo exhibition ends Wednesday 18 July

Australian press photographers East Timor exhibition:
"Through the Eye of the Lens Jan 1997- Jan 2000"
in conjunction with the launch of book: A Dirty Little War
CANBERRA SERVICES CLUB, Canberra Ave, Manuka.
Also Sydney, Melbourne and Dili on other dates
Friday July 13th, 6.30pm - Wednesday 18 July

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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OTHER RELATED LINKS

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

FRETILIN - Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor / Frente Revolucionária do Timor Leste Independente

Aderito de Jesus Soares

Andrea da Costa

Arsenio Bano

Aziza Magno

José Ramos-Horta

East Timor Ireland Solidarity Campaign (ETISC)

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