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Monday February 4 2002

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CONTENTS:
  CURRENT URGENT ACTIONS
    * Legal experts Call for International Tribunal
    * Australia: Terrorist Laws Threaten HR Support
  NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS
    * ETimor/Japan: Calls for International Tribunal
    * East Timor's 2nd Crimes Against Humanity trial
    * Decisions made in Constituent Assembly
    * United Nations Security Council Meeting
    * Brazil: ETimorese NGOs at World Social Forum
    * Dr. Ramos-Horta on Fretilin
  UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS
    * Nat'l & Int'l-A.C.T.-Melbourne-Perth-Sydney
  ACTIVE RELATED EMAIL LISTS
  ABOUT BACK DOOR
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CURRENT URGENT ACTIONS

Read about Urgent Actions & Things to Do at:
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* Legal experts Call for International Tribunal

Petition for Lawyers and Legal Scholars to sign:
NEW Jan 31 Attorneys and Legal Scholars Call for International Tribunal for East Timor  Release added Feb 1
"The time to prosecute the crimes inflicted upon the East Timorese through the establishment of an International Criminal Tribunal is now. Each step by the international community to prosecute the acts perpetrated against the East Timorese advances the rule of law, and signals that neither state-condoned nor state-perpetrated terror, wherever it occurs, will be tolerated." Nearly 50 Legal Experts from around the world (Signatures at: http://www.etan.org/news/2002a/01law.htm )
“We intend to keep pressing for justice for the people of East Timor, and will continue to collect signatures in support of a tribunal, ... A tribunal is necessary to hold those high ranking officials who organized and implemented the destruction of East Timor accountable. The international community cannot countenance impunity.” Anthony DiCaprio, Center for Constitutional Rights & lead attorney in a civil action against General Johny Lumintang

See also: ETAN/U.S.: Current Action Alerts:
http://www.etan.org/action/urgntMnu.htm
[includes actions to: End the Refugee Crisis]
 

* Australia: Terrorist Laws Threaten HR Support

Update:
Until Feb 18 WSLS/LV: New Terrorist Laws Threaten Democratic Rights
Urgent Actions & Briefing Paper updated Feb 1, 2002
"New Laws: * ASIO to get powers of arrest and detention for up to 48 hours * The removal of the right to silence when under questioning * The creation of terrorist offences and related legislation violating the rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association * Removal of privacy rights and increased powers for government to seize organisation's assets * Denial of the right to legal representation ... In Australia ... Federal Cabinet has announced some extraordinary proposals and over the coming months proposed legislation will be made public. The legislation is likely to be considered in February so it is important for civil society to act now and influence the debate over what are acceptable changes, if any, to our democratic and civil rights. ... In Australia, support for the East Timorese's independence movement could have been banned." Damien Lawson, Western Suburbs Legal Service, Melbourne & Anne O'Rourke, Liberty Victoria (Australia)

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NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

Access recently added news items at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/news.htm
 

* ETimor/Japan: Calls for International Tribunal

Jan 29 AP: Horta urges UN to set up court  News added Jan 31
"[Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta] urged the United Nations to set up a criminal tribunal to deal with the worst abuses in East Timor, as it sponsored tribunals for the Balkans and Sierra Leone, but said he was not optimistic. “The U.N. Security Council does not seem to have the courage to do what is logical, to set up a war crimes tribunal,” he said." Peter James Spielmann

Jan 30/31 Free East Timor Japan Coalition letter to UNSG  Letter added Feb 1
"We therefore call on you to strongly commit yourself to: (1) the establishment of an international tribunal to properly investigate crimes against humanity committed in East Timor, not only in 1999 but throughout the entire period of the Indonesian occupation, and prosecute those responsible for these atrocities; and (2) the provision of proper funding and resources for East Timor’s judicial system to ensure that low-level militia members within East Timor are brought to justice." Free East Timor! Japan Coalition
 

* East Timor's 2nd Crimes Against Humanity trial

Jan 31 JSMP: Second crimes against humanity trial commences in dili  News added Feb 1
"The Second Special Panel of the Dili District Court has begun hearing the second trial involving crimes against humanity charges in East Timor.  The trial relates to militia violence in Liquica District in March and April 1999, including the massacre of a group of villagers who were hiding in the Liquica Church on 6 April 1999.  One charge also relates to another massacre at the house of Manuel Carrascalao in Dili on 17 April 1999.  The accused, Armando Dos Santos, is charged with 3 counts of murder and one of other inhumane acts." Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP)
 

* Decisions made in Constituent Assembly

Jan 31 UNTAET: Assembly Votes To Transform Itself Into Legislature  News added Feb 1
"The Constituent Assembly voted today to transform itself into East Timor’s first legislature upon final approval of the Constitution.
The overwhelming vote for the transformation - 65 in favour, 16 against, two abstentions and five absent - ended a heated debate on whether or not legislative elections should be held in concert with the 14 April presidential election or shortly after East Timor marks its independence on 20 May." UNTAET Daily Briefing 31 January 2002

Jan 31 JSMP: Constituent Assembly adopts Serious Crimes articles  Comment added Feb 1
"The Constituent Assembly yesterday adopted three new articles to the East Timorese constitution who all relates to the process of bringing perpetrators of previous serious crimes in East Timor to justice. The articles, however, surprisingly limits the process quite significantly compared to the system already established by UNTAET. ... JSMP fear that the limitations of the adopted articles derives mainly from confusion over legal terminology and lack of knowledge of the system currently in place for trying Serious Crimes in East Timor. The end result may be that some of the most severe crimes will not be tried, or tried in a court system already overburdened with cases and where the lack of resources may seriously endanger the defendant’s right to a fair trial. In another surprising decision, the assembly adopted a regulation establishing the right of the East Timorese Parliament to revise the mandate of the Reception, Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The suggestion was raised by Chief Minister Mari Alkatiri, and will limit the independence of the commission drastically." Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP)
 

* United Nations Security Council Meeting

Jan 31 UN: Security Council extends mandate to 20 May 2002  Resolution added Feb 1
"Welcoming the strenuous efforts of the Second Transitional Government and people of East Timor to reach independence by 20 May 2002, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) until that date. ... Looking forward to receiving further specific proposals from the Secretary-General for the mandate and structure for a successor United Nations mission after independence at least one month before the date of independence," United Nations Security Council

Jan 30 MFAC: Horta Addresses UN Security Council  Release added Jan 31
"Indeed, we are confident that our people have the capacity to govern ourselves and to establish and maintain a sustainable economy. This will all develop gradually. The country does not as yet have the means to support itself without assistance. In time, there will be revenues from oil and gas exploitation. Tourism will also thrive once we have created the necessary infrastructure and facilities. But in the short term, East Timor will need all the assistance it can get to build up its fragile economy. In conclusion Mr. President, I earnestly request, on behalf of the Second Transitional Government and the entire country that this Council endorse the concept of a successor mission, which has been carefully thought out and planned by my colleagues at UNTAET. In this way, the gains that have resulted from your tremendous commitment to East Timor so far will be consolidated and maintained in the crucial first years of Independence." Dr Jose Ramos-Horta is Senior Minister & Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Second Transitional Government East Timor
 

* Brazil: ETimorese NGOs at World Social Forum

Feb 3, 2002 ET NGOs at the World Social Forum in Brazil  News and event added Feb 1
"IBASE-INSTITUTO BRASILEIRO DE ANÁLISES SOCIAIS E ECONÔMICAS was the sole Brazilian NGO in East Timor last year, and I had the great opportunity to coordinate the project Sharing Experiences on Community Empowerment and Policy Development in partnership with Oxfam Australia-CAA. Now 10 Timorese NGOs will present a seminar at the WORLD SOCIAL FORUM. If you happen to come to Brazil for the WSF, please join us in the discussions that will follow the seminar." Regina Domingues,
Coordinator, Ibase Timor Leste Project, Brazil
"Timor Lorosa’e (Timor Leste) nasce em meio à globalização. Venha refletir e propor alternativas ao modelo econômico imposto ao mais novo país do terceiro milênio. Timor Lorosa’e (East Timor) is being born amid globalization. Come and join us thinking and proposing alternatives to the economic model imposed on the newest country of the Third Millennium." Ibase, Oxfam Austrália-CAA, Women’s Political Caucus, Fokupers, La’o Hamutuk, Centre for Peace and Development, Labour Advocacy Institute, CDEP, KSI, Sah’e Institute for Liberation, Haburas, Yayasan Hak
 

* Dr. Ramos-Horta on Fretilin

Jan 30 MFAC: Ramos-Horta on Fretilin  Release added Feb 1
"I was very impressed by the moral and political courage of the current Fretilin leadership in their decision to set up, early last year, its own investigation to establish the facts about what happened in the past. ... I am impressed by the maturity that all political parties have shown thus far. The democratic elections of August 30, 2001, which included 16 political parties, passed without one single incident, this is the result of the maturity displayed by the leadership of all 16 parties, and credit must go to impartial East Timorese leaders such as Xanana Gusmao and Bishop Belo for their guidance.” Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, Senior Minister & Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Second Transitional Government East Timor

Jan 29 AP: Horta: East Timor Asked to Admit Wrongdoing  News added Jan 31
"East Timor will have to face up to atrocities committed by the liberation movement during the 25-year independence campaign if the new nation hopes for true reconciliation and peace, interim Foreign Minister Jose Ramos-Horta said Tuesday." Peter James Spielmann

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UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS
Nat'l & Int'l-A.C.T.-Melbourne-Perth-Sydney
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/events.htm


NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL EVENTS:

Access details of Nat'l & Int'l Events at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/national.htm

SBS TV program - Lafu story on Oecusse (an East Timor enclave within Indonesia)

Film-maker David Bradbury ffilms@mullum.com.au
Postponed due to the Middle East War
See: Bano: A Peace Zone: An Option for the Future of the Timor Enclave

International conference:

‘Mediating Human Rights and Democracy: Indonesia, Australia and the Netherlands’
Includes:
Plenary Sessions: * John Pilger, journalist on The war on terrorism: truth, silence and lies. * Peter van Walsum, former chair of the UN Security Council on The East Timor crisis Associated event: * Exhibition of photographs from Timor and Indonesia by Walkley Award winning journalist David Dare-Parker.
Wendy Sahanaya, Conf Organiser: Ph: (61 8) 9457 7236; Fax: (61 8) 9266 3152; e-mail: mediating@api-network.com
Website on http://www.api-network.com/mediating/
Curtin University of Technology, Perth Western Australia
4-5 February 2002
March 8  International Women's Day
See: BD: East Timorese Women's Issues

March 9, 2002: Completion and final approval of first Constitution of Timor Lorosae

UN Commission on Human Rights
The next session of the Commission will require concerted lobbying to ensure that pressure for justice for East Timor through an international tribunal is maintained.
Info: Paul Barber, TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign
Tel +44 020 8771 2904 fax +44 020 8653 0322 Email: tapol@gn.apc.org
Venue: Geneva
March/April 2002
See: October 2001 LHB: Justice for East Timor?
 

Global Revolt-Global Links: 2nd Asia Pacific International Solidarity Conference
End war, racism, world poverty: a conference of global solidarity
Organised by the Asia Pacific Institute for Democratisation and Development
The conference secretariat in Australia is presently based in the national office of the Democratic Socialists, who will also be participants at the conference.
Info: APISC, PO Box 515, Broadway 2007, Australia. Phone: (61-2-)(02-) 9690-1230 Fax: (61-2-)(02-) 9690-1381 Email: APISC2002@greenleft.org.au
Official participants include: The Socialist Party of Timor, Dita Sari, a leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in Indonesia and Chairperson of the Indonesian National Front for Workers’ Struggle (FNPBI), & Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor (ASIET)
Register on-line: http://www.global-revolt.org
Sydney Boys High School, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia
March 29-April 1, 2002, Sydney, Australia


A.C.T. EVENTS:

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

Tetum Language Course (Introductory - East Timorese)

Course Code LAN1043
CIT Solutions, Adult Community Education Program 2002
Direct Enrolment: 6207-4441 Cost: $220
Classes held at Southside/Woden campus, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)
Starts: Wed 13 March; 6-8pm x 12 sessions
See: BD: News, letters, articles & resources regarding the Tetum language
Haree: BD: Kolesaun lia-foun, artigu ho reportajen ho lia-tetun

MELBOURNE EVENTS:

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

Communicating in East Timor: Tetum for Beginners

One week intensive (15 hours) University of Melbourne
cost: $230 + $11 materials (full) $190 + $11 (concession)
Check website for further details and registration form:
http://www.languages.unimelb.edu.au/courses/summer/tetum.html
Or contact: Elisabetta Ferrari on 03 8344 5165 or e.ferrari@language.unimelb.edu.au
4-8 February, 2002 (teaching times are now: 9.30-12.30 Mon-Fri)

Weekly Nike Pickets - Protest Indonesian Sweatshops

Since April, hundreds of people have been picketing in Melbourne, costing Nike $10,000 a week.
Demand an end to sweatshops & $2-a-day wages! Support real wages & union rights, not slavery!
Info ISO: Tel (02) 9261-4862 iso@iso.org.au
Event up-dates: http://www.iso.org.au/protest/protestmain.html
Read reports on the protests: Melbourne Indymedia - http://melbourne.indymedia.org
Find out more about Nike and sweatshop labour at:
Nike Watch - http://www.caa.org.au/campaigns/nike/index.html
Fair Wear - http://vic.uca.org.au/fairwear/
Ban the Boot - http://www.bantheboot.com
Every Friday night, 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Nike's flagship Super Store, Swanston St in Melbourne's CBD

PERTH EVENTS:

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

International conference:

‘Mediating Human Rights and Democracy: Indonesia, Australia and the Netherlands’
Includes:
Plenary Sessions: * John Pilger, journalist on The war on terrorism: truth, silence and lies. * Peter van Walsum, former chair of the UN Security Council on The East Timor crisis Associated event: * Exhibition of photographs from Timor and Indonesia by Walkley Award winning journalist David Dare-Parker.
Wendy Sahanaya, Conf Organiser: Ph: (61 8) 9457 7236; Fax: (61 8) 9266 3152; e-mail: mediating@api-network.com
Website on http://www.api-network.com/mediating/
Curtin University of Technology, Perth Western Australia
4-5 February 2002

A one day workshop on: Australia - Indonesia Border Tensions:
Continuing The Dialogue On Refugees, Asylum Seekers And People Smugglers
http://russic.curtin.edu.au/refugees_workshop.htm
Info: Dr Nonja Peters n.peters@curtin.edu.au
6th February 2002

deckchair theatre and PLAY IT SAFE present:
MAVIS GOES TO TIMOR
The story of Mavis Taylor, an 86-year-old haberdasher and mother of nine, who travels to Timor to set up a sewing co-operative for Timorese women. ... The country is in ruins, most of its houses gone, its people are dislocated and its economy is in tatters. Amid this destruction and buoyed by the people's overwhelming faith and positivity, Mavis struggles on with her daughter Elwyn, tackling the deprivation and red tape and her own doubts that she is up to the job.
Bookings: BOCS on 08) 9484 1133.
Info or interviews with Angela Chaplin, Kavisha Mazzella or any of the other artists:
David Gerrand or Shauna Weeks on 08) 9430 4771 or e-mail admin@deckchairtheatre.asn.au
Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street in Fremantle
Previews: Thursday & Friday 7,8 February
Opening Night:  Saturday 9 February
Season: Tuesday to Saturday Nights until the 2 March

LORN FOUN (New Beginning)
An exhibition of photographs by award winning Irish photojournalist, Paul Stewart
The photographs cover the recent elections in Timor and the visit by Angela Chaplin, Kavisha Mazzella, Katherine Thomson and David Gerrand to Dili to research this production.
Tel: 08) 9430 4771 or e-mail admin@deckchairtheatre.asn.au
Displayed in the foyer of the sea container theatre
Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street in Fremantle
Feb 7 - Mar 2
 


SYDNEY EVENTS:

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

Friends of Maliana (library project) Meetings
Info:ph Gail Clifford gailc@lmc.nsw.gov.au or (02) 9367-9047
Leichhardt Town Hall, upstairs
first Tuesday of the month, 7pm
Next meeting Tuesday February 5th 2002, 7pm

"Leaving the Crocodile" Exhibition:

An exhibition of creative works by Timorese artists working with Timorese youth, AND a full 25 year history of the Timorese community in Sydney.
Principal Curator: Amanda Wise: email a.wise@uws.edu.au
Media Contact: Madeleine Kelman Audience & Media Manager Ph 9824 1121 email kelman@casulapowerhouse.com
Liverpool Regional Museum, Cnr Congressional Drive & Hume Hwy, Liverpool, Sydney
August 25th 2000 - until 9th February 2002

Australia East Timor Association (AETA) Meetings

Info: Phone AETA Secretary Stephen Langford on 9331-5986
UTS/Level 3 Meeting Room, Broadway
4th Wednesday of the month with guest speakers
Wednesday 27 February, 6.30pm

John Pilger speaking on
BREAKING THE SILENCE: War, Propoganda and the New Empire
John Pilger, an award winning journalist, has written four books, produced numerous films and been a regular contributor to Green Left Weekly. His latest film, ‘the New Rulers of the World’ tackles the issue of corporate globalisation and, in particular, corporate exploitation in Indonesia. Come and hear what John Pilger has to say about media ownership, refugees, the US ‘war on terrorism’ and more.
Guarantee your seat:
Book Now  96901977  $16/$10 concession
presented by Green Left Weekly newspaper
Email: Asia Pacific Institute apiaustralia@greenleft.org.au; Max Lane max_lane@bigpond.com
Sydney Town Hall
8.00pm Friday March 1
 

East Timor: ‘Triumph and Tenderness’
10th Annual International Women’s Day Sydney Breakfast, 2002
Hosted by International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA)
For more information and bookings contact:
Anne Stewart International Women’s Development Agency
Ph: 02 9264 5399   Fax: 02 9264 6399 E-mail: astewart@ihug.com.au
March 9
See also: BD: East Timorese Women's Issues
Global Revolt-Global Links: 2nd Asia Pacific International Solidarity Conference
End war, racism, world poverty: a conference of global solidarity
Organised by the Asia Pacific Institute for Democratisation and Development
The conference secretariat in Australia is presently based in the national office of the Democratic Socialists, who will also be participants at the conference.
Info: APISC, PO Box 515, Broadway 2007, Australia. Phone: (61-2-)(02-) 9690-1230 Fax: (61-2-)(02-) 9690-1381 Email: APISC2002@greenleft.org.au
Official participants include: The Socialist Party of Timor, Dita Sari, a leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in Indonesia and Chairperson of the Indonesian National Front for Workers’ Struggle (FNPBI), & Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor (ASIET)
Register on-line: http://www.global-revolt.org
Sydney Boys High School, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia
March 29-April 1, 2002, Sydney, Australia
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update
east-timor list  [US based]  Updated Feb 2, 2002
About 10-15 emails a day, (frequency varies with the pace of East Timor-related events); 1 full item/email:
east-timor focuses on news distributing items from a wide range of sources, including East Timorese groups, ETAN/US, TAPOL, and other support groups. Reports and translations from wire services and the East Timorese, Indonesian, Portuguese, Australian, British, U.S. and Irish press also regularly appear there, as well as official documents and statements from the U.N., national governments, and other sources. (East-timor began as a list server echo of a conference (newsgroup) called reg.easttimor and is sometimes known by that name.)
This list is available by email; write john@etan.org if you want to subscribe or use the web form at: http://www.etan.org/resource/etlist.htm

NEW
TAPOL.ETIMOR[UK based]  Updated Feb 2, 2002
About 2 emails a day; 1-2 full items/email:
TAPOL.ETIMOR is limited to an average of two postings per day from the larger east-timor list. If you think the east-timor list will be overwhelming, you can subscribe by visiting visit http://mailman.greennet.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/tapol-etimor-l
A selection of news postings from the list are also placed weekly on ETAN’s web site at http://etan.org/et/

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