BACK DOOR Newsletter on Timor Loro Sa'e:
Monday January 21 2002

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CONTENTS:
  WEB-PAGES IN TETUM, PORTUGUESE & BAHASA
  NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS
  UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS
  National & International-Brisbane-Melbourne-Perth-Sydney
  ABOUT BACK DOOR
  EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION

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WEB-PAGES IN TETUM, PORTUGUESE & BAHASA

BACK DOOR has new web-pages in three languages of relevance to East Timor.
The languages are Tetum, Portuguese and Bahasa Melayu/Indonesia.
These web-pages link to other material in their respective languages.

Tetum:
BD: Kolesaun lia-foun, artigu ho reportajen ho lia-tetun

Portuguese:
BD: Notícias, editorial e documentos em Português

Bahasa Melayu/Indonesia:
BD: Suatu kumpulan warta berita, artikel dan laporan dalam Bahasa Indonesia/Melayu

There is also a new collection of items about the Tetum language (written in English):
BD: News, letters, articles & resources regarding the Tetum language

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NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

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

Jan 17 HTLee: Asbestos epidemic in East Timor, but UNTAET negates its responsibility  Article added Jan 18
"There is a big asbestos problem in East Timor. UNTAET has been made aware of it since December 1999. However, UNTAET has failed to make the removal of asbestos a priority and has not notified the East Timorese and the thousands of foreigners working there about its dangers. ... Asbestos is a silent killer and there is no safe level to its exposure. The victims do not even know they have been attacked until 10 or more years down the track. By then it is too late and the victim suffers an agonising death." HT Lee, freelance photojournalist

Jan 17 Lee, McKinley King, Shaw: Asbestos problem in East Timor  Report added Jan 18
"The removal of asbestos using Australian NOHSC standard must be made a top priority. The East Timor Constituent Assembly can and is in a unique position to make UNTAET accept this fact and act on it. The cleaning up of the asbestos will be a huge task which will require additional funding from donor countries as well as additional assistance from abroad. Many organisations including trade unions in Australia would be more than happy to provide the assistance ... Finally, the clean up of the asbestos would require the importation of large quantities of disposable asbestos overalls and masks. These items could be manufactured in East Timor as a cottage industry to provide local employment." HT Lee, Julian McKinley King & Andrea Shaw

Jan 15 ETAN: Indonesian Judges Will Not Provide Long-Delayed Justice for ETimor  Release added Jan 15
"The multiple delays in establishing the court, its limited jurisdiction, and the continued impunity with which the Indonesian military operates throughout the archipelago only reinforce our belief that the special Indonesian court will be a sham, ... The Indonesian military remains too powerful and the courts too corrupt. Without an international tribunal, those most responsible for Indonesia’s scorched earth campaigns in East Timor will escape punishment,” John M. Miller, spokesperson for East Timor Action Network U.S.

Jan 12 ETDF: Ruak on occasion of Offering of 2 Patrol Boats  Speech added Jan 16
"The interests of our country and the territorial constraints arising from the fact that it is a half-island with an enclave, a small island and an islet, inevitably compel us to look towards the sea with a strategic perspective. The political leadership of our country presented and underscored this strategic importance and the national interests of East Timor in its discussions with Portugal. Such interests were clearly understood by Portugal which responded with the donation of these two Oecussi class patrol boats." Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak, Força de Defesa de Timor-Leste

Jan 12 STGET: Alkatiri on occasion of Offering of 2 Patrol Boats  Speech added Jan 16
"The East Timorese have become accustomed to looking towards the sea as a potential source of income only from petroleum and gas. However, the wealth of our country and its potential to diversify its income stream is far wider. We need to further develop the fishery sector and build our enforcement capacity through the patrolling of our coastal waters. At the same time we will also be able to avoid the illegal exploration of our resources without the benefit to our People." Mr. Mari Alkatiri, Chief Minister, Second Transitional Government of East Timor

Jan 11 JP: ETimor’s patience wears thin over rights tribunal  News added Jan 15
"The East Timor transitional government is considering turning to an international tribunal due to the repeated delays in the trial of officers allegedly involved in the 1999 human rights abuses in the former territory. Philipe Rodriguez of the East Timor Public Administration’s Department of Foreign Affairs said in Jakarta on Thursday that the East Timor people’s wish to see the perpetrators taken to the court of justice has not materialized." Tiarma Siboro, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Jan 10 CNS: Former ETimor guerrillas receive job training at Salesian center  Article added Jan 16
"Cipriano Alves Amaral seems an unlikely freedom fighter. The soft-spoken, 26-year-old grew up wanting to become an electrician.  Instead, he became a guerrilla, joining East Timor’s armed resistance movement four years ago. For two years, he fought from the jungles surrounding the town of Same against Indonesia’s 24-year occupation of East Timor. The guerrillas, known by their Portuguese acronym, Falintil, disbanded in February 2001, more than a year after the East Timorese overwhelmingly rejected Indonesian rule in a 1999 U.N.-sponsored referendum. Now more than two years after the referendum, Amaral is learning to become an electrician." Christine Kearney, Catholic News Service

Jan 10 CONG: Letter to Constituent Assembly  Letter added Jan 16
"From our end, we want to assure you that we would like the Constituent Assembly to have as much time as it needs to write the best possible constitution for East Timor. In this regard, we propose that you consider further extending the session, perhaps by two months beyond that date. Your Constitution would still be finished well before formal independence. The extra time would enable more thorough discussions and additional consultation within the Constituent Assembly and throughout East Timor." U.S. Members of Congress: Dennis J. Kucinich, Barbara Lee, Chris Smith, Anthony D. Weiner, Tammy Baldwin, Bernard Sanders, Lane Evans, Sam Farr

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UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS
National & International-Brisbane-Melbourne-Perth-Sydney
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/events.htm


NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL EVENTS:

Access details of National & International 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 until Mid-Jan 2002 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

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
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
March 29-April 1, 2002, Sydney, Australia



BRISBANE EVENTS:

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

Australia West Papua Association Brisbane (AWPAB) - Meeting
Info: Rachael Harrison Email: legoullon@powerup.com.au
AWPAB: http://www.geocities.com/awpab
West Papua Information Kit: http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/cline/papua/core.htm
West Papua referendum petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/westpap/petition.html
Emma’s Bookstore, West End
Sat February 2nd


MELBOURNE EVENTS:

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

Proposed new laws threaten Australian human rights
The Human Rights Alliance has called an urgent public briefing on the proposed new anti-terrorist laws which will go before Australian Parliament in February.
"New legislation will be introduced based on the UK Terrorism Act 2000. This act allows the government to ban organisations and makes it an offence to be a member, attend a meeting, provide any support, and indeed even wear T-shirt with the organisation's symbol. ... 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)
Catholic Commission for Justice, Development and Peace, Lansdowne and Cathedral Rooms
383 Albert St (cnr Lansdowne St) East Melbourne
6.30 PM - 8.00PM, Thursday, January 31, 2002
See also:
Urgent Action: Dec 16 WSLS/LV: New Terrorist Laws Threaten Democratic Rights
BD: The Current World Crisis & East Timor - terrorist attacks in the US and the 'war on terrorism'

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

Global Revolt-Global Links: 2nd Asia Pacific International Solidarity Conference

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
March 29-April 1, 2002, Sydney, Australia


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