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Sep 15 AP: U.N inducts East Timor assembly  News added Sep 17
"The U.N. administration in East Timor on Saturday inaugurated the newly elected assembly that will draft the territory’s first constitution, bringing it one step closer to full independence. The 88-member assembly, which was voted in last month, will have three months to draft the charter and adopt East Timor’s new political system." The Associated Press

Sep 13 IFET: Constituent Assembly winners names and parties  Updated Sep 17
"The following is the officially certified list of East Timorese who were elected to the Constituent Assembly on the August 30 ballot. ... The assembly has 88 seats. 60 votes are needed to enact articles of the Constitution. Fretilin has 55 seats." Charlie Scheiner, U.N. Representative, International Federation for East Timor (IFET)

Sep 11 AW: Operations of Telstra in East Timor  Letter added Sep 17
"Telstra at present ... [has] a near monopoly on internet services [in ETimor]. ... internet services had been set at US$2 per hour. ... significantly higher than Australian rates. However, because average East Timorese wages (and most people do not have a wage) are less than one tenth of Australian wages, telephone services are mostly un affordable and the prices on internet services are prohibitive. ... Telstra continues to make multi-billion dollar profits, and it seems to me bizarre that it should extend its profit taking ethos to the poorest corners of our region, and in particular to a devastated country which is really still trying to get to its feet." Dr Tim Anderson, Researcher for Aidwatch

Sep 11 RDP: Church reportedly invited to help draw up constitution  News added Sep 13
"[Reporter] During the Fretilin anniversary commemorations, the bishop accepted an invitation to contribute to the drawing up of Timor’s constitution. Dom Ximenes Belo is only waiting for this invitation to be made officially.
[Dom Ximenes Belo, Bishop of Dili] I am waiting for a written invitation, and to be given a place. We do not know the procedure for the church hierarchy to contribute. We are certainly open to this. Our vision is of a pluralist and democratic society, with equal opportunities for all Timorese. We will be there to give our contribution to the building of this Timorese society." RDP Antena 1 radio, Lisbon, Portugal

Sep 10 UNDP: FRETILIN's East Timor electoral victory confirmed  News added Sep 11
"East Timor’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has endorsed the results of the 30 August elections, today confirming that the former resistance group, FRETILIN has won a 57 percent majority in the Constituent Assembly. The number of seats falls short of the two-thirds majority needed to draft East Timor’s first Constitution without consultation with other parties, ... " UNDP

Sep 10 UNDP: 24 Women in 88-Seat Constituent Assembly  News added Sep 11
"Results of last week’s elections in East Timor indicate that the territory’s new 88-seat Constituent Assembly will have a total of 24 women members. The full breakdown on female representatives gives the Fretilin party 17, the PSD three, the ASDT one and the PST and PNT one apiece. The party with the lowest female representation is the second- placed PD, which elected no women candidates." UNDP

Sep 10 UNTAET: Election Commission Presents Certified Results To SRSG  News added Sep 11
"They sent a signal to their community leaders, and indeed to the whole world, that for them, a successful electoral process was more important than any particular outcome, ... it is an attitude which typically distinguishes mature democracies from those still in a process of development.” Dr. Bong-Scuk Sohn, Chair of the Independent Electoral Commission
"While the winners at the ballot, Fretilin, deserve our congratulations, all those who took part in the elections likewise deserve credit and our utmost respect, ... In East Timor today, democracy looks to be in a very healthy state indeed.” SRSG Sergio Vieira de Mello

Sep 8 ETese NGOs write UNHCR to protest planned withdrawal  Letter added Sep 13
" ... we recommend that UNHCR act upon the following:
* Maintain its current presence in East Timor until at least June 2002.
* Extend humanitarian assistance to returnees until at least June 2002, when a further needs assessment can be made.
* Increase co-ordination and co-operation with both governmental and non-governmental organisations that are currently assisting refugees in West Timor. This will further enable UNHCR to fulfil its mandate towards the protection and assistance of these refugees, while it is not physically present in West Timor.
* Engage in a more comprehensive way with non-governmental organisations in East Timor currently advocating and working towards returnees’ reintegration." NGO Forum; Dewan Solidaritas Mahasiswa TL; Yayasan HAK; FOKUPERS; Kadalak Sulimutuk Institute; RENETIL; Jesuit Refugee Service; Oxfam in East Timor.

Sep 4 WI: On the road to democracy, where the streets have no name  Interview added Sep 13
"We’ll take Fretilin as an example. Many people question why PD does not join the Fretilin. But for PD members, the priority is to democratize the process. We do not want this country to be dominated by just one group. ... When we speak of the (type of) people, in Fretilin there is a tendency towards veteranism. The seniors are considered to have more rights or know more. This is a very patenalistic attitude unwanted by the PDs. ... There is also the question of leadership. We believe in the necessity for a new generation. ... 70% of the top leaders of PD are under 40. You can’t say we’re really youths ... we’re called the post-75 generation." Partido Democratico (PD) leader, Fernando de Araujo

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Access details of A.C.T. & National Events at:

Workshop: The Crisis in Aceh
Bringing together researchers who are working on political, economic, humanitarian, and social dimensions of the current crisis in Aceh, as well as efforts aimed at achieving a solution to the conflict there.
Info: Edward Aspinall ANU: or Lesley McCulloch UTas:
Seminar Room A, Coombs Building, Australian National University, Canberra
Sunday September 23, 11 am -1 pm.

Corporate Power Or People’s Power?
Transnational Corporations (TNCs) & Globalisation
Asia-Pacific Research Network and AID/WATCH
Info: Melita Grant (AID/WATCH) ph: 61-2-9387 5210 e-mail:
APRN web site:
University of Technology Sydney, Harris St, Sydney, Australia
September 26-29, 2001


Access details of Brisbane Events at:

"Remembering Forgetting" by Ciaron O’Reilly. Book Launch.

A Journey of Nonviolent Resistance to the War in East Timor.
Book Launched by Gary MacLennan, Music & Bar
Info: Rachel Ph. 07-389 22 318
Emmas Bookshop, Boundary St. West End, Brisbane
Monday Oct. 1st. 7.30 p.m.

Ciaron reflecting on "The Anti-Globalisation Movement/CHOGM"
More info. Ph. "Friends of the Earth"
Friends of the Earth, Montague Rd. West End, Brisbane
Thursday Evening Oct. 4th.

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
Venue: Brisbane
October 6 - 9, 2001

Ciaron Speaking on "Resisting Heads of Government as a Threat to Common Wealth"
Info: Rachel Ph. 07-389 22 318
CHOGM Counter-Conference, Brisbane
Sunday Oct. 7th.

"Remembering Forgetting” by Ciaron O’Reilly. Book Launch.
A Journey of Nonviolent Resistance to the War in East Timor.
Book Launch and Forum with Author
Info: Rachel Ph. 07-389 22 318
"Spirituality in the Pub", Dooleys Hotel, Brusnwick st. The Valley, Queensland
Monday Oct. 8th. 7.30 p.m.


Access details of Darwin Events at:

ASIET solidarity brigade to East Timor
Live with Timorese families & experience social, political & economic conditions first-hand.
Ph Sibylle (08) 8941 7080 Email:
Sat Sept 29 — Sun Oct 7


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Public discussion on E.Timor: "Democratisation and Decolonisation - The Elections as Prism"
Speakers include:
Peter Hosking, former Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in East Timor; Tricia Fitzgerald, ABC journalist; Balthasar Kehi,
East Timorese Lecturer; Helen Hill, Senior Lecturer & Research Fellow.
(Three of these speakers have observed/monitored the recent elections in East Timor)
Institute of Post-Colonial Studies:
Info: Helen M. Hill
Uniting Church Hall, Elm street, North Melbourne
Thursday, September 20, 8pm

Warrior poet to perform in Melbourne
East Timorese freedom fighter and likely first president Xanana Gusmao will visit Australia next month to perform a reading of his own poetry at the Melbourne Festival. Mr Gusmao will read a specially commissioned poem at the festival’s opening concert, accompanied by six teenage singers from the East Timorese city of Balibo.
The Melbourne Festival
October 2001


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Abstracts DUE 28 September 2001

International conference Call for Papers:
‘Mediating Human Rights and Democracy: Indonesia, Australia and the Netherlands’
Indonesians - note possible funding:
Wendy Sahanaya, Conf Organiser: Ph: (61 8) 9457 7236; Fax: (61 8) 9266 3152; e-mail:
Website on
Curtin University of Technology, Perth Western Australia
4-5 February 2002
Abstracts DUE 28 September 2001

"To Resist is to Win”
AUSTCARE Refugee Week Dinner with Xanana Gusmao
Mr Xanana Gusmao and Ms Adaljiza Magno from East Timor will be guest speakers.
Seating is limited and reservations are essential by 3/10/01, ph AUSTCARE (08) 9325 9330.
Tickets: $85.00 with funds raised going to the “Association for the Veterans of the Resistance”.
St Columba-Kingswood Dining Room, University of Western Australia
Saturday 6th Oct 7.00 - 10.30pm

Public Forum - “The Situation for East Timorese Refugees"
Featuring guest speakers Mr Xanana Gusmao and Ms Adelziza Magno from East Timor.
Current situation faced by ETimorese refugees in WTimor & re-integration of returned refugees.
Tickets / enquiries: phone Caro on (08) 9325 9330 or  0413 577 571
Winthrop Hall, University of Western Australia and entry is by gold coin donation.
Sunday 7th Oct 2.00 - 3.30pm

Disclaimer: due to Mr Gusmao’s position and the political changes expected within East Timor, you are advised that there may be last minute alterations to the programme.


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Post-elections Report back from Dili from AETA activists:
Dr Andrew McNaughtan & Jefferson Lee, Gaby Grammero (Springwood Group), Beatrice Miranda (SBS Radio), H.T.Lee (CFMEU / Freelance)
Australia East Timor Association (AETA) Monthly Meeting
Details: AETA Secretary Stephen Langford (02) 9331-5986
UTS Tower Bdg, Level 3, behind SA Office
Wednesday 26th September 6.30pm

World Bank Protest
Day of Mourning for students killed in PNG fighting the World Bank’s push for privatisation of community assets.
What to bring: Wear black, flowers, wreaths, banners
Info: Melita Grant (AID/WATCH) on 61-2-9387-5210 or 0413-016-746. e-mail:
Outside World Bank Office-Martin Place (14 Martin Place)
1:00pm Friday 28 September

FRIENDS OF MALIANA Meeting (with recent footage of Maliana from David Bradbury)
and new local campaign for collection for AETA Container Warehouse Depot in White St Leichhardt
Details: Gail Clifford (02) 9367-9047 or Jeff Lee (02) 9500-1638
Leichhardt Town Hall
Tuesday October 2nd, 7pm

'Dancing Poles' Artworkshops with Timorese artists
Sarah Vyden (02) 9602-0315
Liverpool Regional Museum. Free.
Saturday 13th October. 11am-1pm

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Free East Timor! Japan Coalition  Updated Sep 17
Free East Timor! Japan Coalition, established in 1986. The Free East Timor! Japan Coalition functioned as the first secretariat of the International Federation for East Timor, which was established in 1991 and accredited with the United Nations Office of Public Information.
Includes: Sapporo East Timor Association; Sendai East Timor Group; Tokyo East Timor Association; East Timor Aid-Shinshu; Nagoya YWCA East Timor Issues Group; Osaka East Timor Association; Okayama Group to Listen to the Voice of East Timor; Zentsuji East Timor Solidarity Group; Kure YWCA; Shimonoseki East Timor Group; Oita Group to Look at the Relation between Asia and Japan; Nagasaki East Timor Solidarity Group; Japan Catholic Peace and Justice Conference.
Contact info: co Osaka East Timor Association, 6F, Kokubunji-bulg. 1-7-14 Kokubunji, Kita-ku, Osaka, 531-0064, Japan.
Tel&Fax: +81-6-6354-6620 E-mail: (co Akihisa Matsuno)
Webs in Japanese language:
Free East Timor! Japan Coalition page
Timor Lorosae Information Page
# La'o Hamutuk Bulletin Japanese version is available, except for 2-2.

Tokyo East Timor Association  Updated Sep 17
Tokyo East Timor Association, established 1988. A member of Free East Timor! Japan Coalition. Involved mainly in advocacy and campaign. Issues a newsletter 2 to 4 time a year.
Contact: Tel:+81-3-5227-7097 E-mail: (co Kyo Kageura)

Bahasa Indonesia:
Konferensi Pembangunan Berkelanjutan di Timor Lorosa'e (25-31 Jan 2001)  Updated Sep 17
Konferensi ini mengusulkan agar definisi yang sudah diakui dunia internasional tentang pembangunan berkelanjutan akan dipakai di Timor Lorosa’e, yaitu: “pembangunan yang memenuhi kebutuhan-kebutuhan generasi sekarang tanpa mengurangi kemampuan generasi yang akan datang untuk memenuhi kebutuhan-kebutuhan mereka”. Pembangunan berkelanjutan menjawab keterkaitannya antara lingkungan hidup, ekonomi dan kesejahteraan sosial. ... Kemajuan hanya dapat dicapai apabila ada keberanian untuk mengambil tindakan. Tindakan-tindakan untuk memulai penerapanpembangunan berkelanjutan sebaiknya dimulai hari ini, dan sebaiknya tidak ditunda-tunda untuk dilakukan suatu saat nanti di masa depan.
Alamat: C/- Timor Aid PO Box 651 Nightcliff NT 0814 Australia
Kontak Person: Carrie Deutsch ph 0438 003 037 Email:
Download laporan lengkap konferensi [PDF and zip]:
Lihat juga:
Jan 25-31 KPB: Pembangunan Berkelanjutan di Timor Lorosa’e:
Jan 25-31 KPB: REKOMENDASI: Pembangunan Berkelanjutan di Timor Lorosa’e:
Jan 25-31 KPB: Dokumen berikut adalah ringkasan hasil-hasil lokakarya:

The Conference on Sustainable Development  Updated Sep 17
Initiated by Jose Ramos Horta and Timor Aid, East Timor’s first major conference on Sustainable Development took place over a 7 day period from the 25th to the 31st of January, 2001. It addressed a comprehensive range of sustainable development issues, and resulted in important recommendations to ensure the implementation of sustainable development in East Timor. More than 800 people participated in the conference including people from at least 6 districts, 3 Cabinet Members and 37 international guests. Seventy five percent of participants were East Timorese. The purpose of the Conference was to highlight the environment and to promote and facilitate dialogue about sustainable development in East Timor, so that principles of sustainable development can be incorporated in future planning.
Postal Address: C/- Timor Aid PO Box 651 Nightcliff NT 0814 Australia
Task Force for Sustainable Development in ETimor, Carrie Deutsch ph 0438 003 037 Email:
Conference Proceedings available in PDF and zip format:

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sduet discussion list  [East Timor & Australia based]  Updated Sep 15
About 2-3 emails a week:
sduet is a discussion list on Sustainable Development in East Timor, providing a forum for networking, discussion, information sharing and project reporting. This email list grew out of the Conference on Sustainable Development held in Dili, in January 2001, and is part of the ongoing efforts of the 'Taskforce on Sustainable Development in East Timor', based at the Research Centre, at the University of Timor Loro S’ae, Dili, East Timor. This email list is hosted and moderated by the Northern Territory University, Darwin, Australia. Updates of the progress of the 'Task Force on Sustainable Development' will be posted to this list.
To subscribe to the discussion list, visit this website:

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