BACK DOOR Newsletter on Timor Loro Sa'e: Monday Feb 12 2001

Homepage: http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood

This email contains a summary of some of the items added to the website during the week

(ending Monday Feb 12).

This week there are:
* two petitions for you to support
    one pressuring the Australian government to recognise East Timor's Oil rights;
    and the other supporting East Timorese women's political participation;
* a feature on the World Bank;
* news from ETimor on Timor's oil;
* news in which Horta takes up issues relating to the use of violence;
* other items on crimes accountability, refugees, transition to independence.

Contents:

  CURRENT URGENT ACTIONS Updated Feb 8
  FEB 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS Updated Feb 9
  JAN 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS Updated Feb 6
  DEC 2000 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS Updated Feb 6
  TIMOR OIL Updated Feb 9
  UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS Updated Feb 8
  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

Urgent Actions:

  • Petitions

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    Until Mar 8 CIIR: Women's Representation to ETimor's Constituent Assembly
    "East Timorese women have been politically marginalised for long enough.  They have made it clear that they want to have a much stronger voice in the new East Timor. ... CIIR calls upon individuals, NGOs, solidarity groups and East Timor networks everywhere to add your support to REDE's concerns and to lobby the United Nations in New York, your governments, and UNTAET to take into account the legitimate aspirations of East Timorese women." CIIR

    Until Feb 28 ASIET: Timor Oil Statement and Petition
    "Tens of thousands of people in Australia struggled for more than a decade in support of the East Timorese peoples' freedom. ASIET, and all other true friends of East Timor, will not stand by now and allow the Howard government to pressure the East Timorese people for oil and gas royalties from their own territorial waters." Max Lane, ASIET

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    FEB 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

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

    Feb 7 ELCA: Horta: some dreams have become reality  [News: Non-violence]
    "Nobel Peace laureate Jose Ramos-Horta admitted the goals of the Decade to Overcome Violence [WCC] may be a dream but went on to say that some dreams have become reality." ELCA

    Feb 7 GLW: ET's Foreign policy heads west  [Article: Military]
    "Scrapping military aid to Indonesia was a central demand of the East Timorese resistance movement during its long struggle for independence — the military occupation of East Timor was only possible through the billions of dollars worth of arms and training that the armed forces received from the US and other allies." Jon Land

    Feb 6 Indonesian Press: Several news items about Refugees  [News: Refugees]

    Feb 5 ENI: Armed intervention to save lives can be justified, says Nobel peace laureate  [News: Non-violence]
    "In East Timor the church completely understood why people took up arms, even though they [the church] kept calling on them not to use those arms," Jose Ramos-Horta at WCC

    Feb 5 JP: James Dunn interview on perpetrators of war crimes in Timor  [Interview: Crimes]
    "In 1999, whoever gave such orders should have given a red light (to subordinates). We're forced to conclude that they didn't mind the bloodshed." James Dunn, UNTAET

    Feb 2 ICG: Indonesia: Impunity vs. Accountability For Gross Human Rights Violations  [Report: Crimes]
    "The international community has a particular obligation to ensure accountability for Indonesian perpetrators of serious crimes committed in East Timor in 1999. It has a more general concern for accountability because of its stake in democratisation and stability in an important country. This requires a higher degree of international engagement in Indonesian processes than might otherwise be normal or tolerable." ICG

    Feb 1 TimP: OJETIL protests the dissolution of Falintil  [News from ETimor: Transition]

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    JAN 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

    Access the following recently added January items at:
    http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Jan2001NA&R.htm

    Jan 26 UN: UK Statement to UN Security Council  [Statement: Transition]
    "But congratulations should not lead to complacency. For there is an enormous amount still to do, both before the transition to independence in East Timor and afterwards. East Timorese expectations are not being realized in a number of areas, including infrastructural improvements. ... for the sake of the East Timorese people and for the sake of the United Nations itself, we must get
    it right." Stewart Eldon, UK

    Portuguese:
    Jan 20 OTL: Refugiados: Quantos são? Quantos querem voltar para Timor Leste?  [Report: Refugees]
    "Interesses políticos e económicos impedem uma contagem credível dos refugiados. As autoridades indonésias aceitaram a presença das agências humanitárias internacionais para receber as ajudas, mas pouco fizeram para o desmantelamento das milícias, que continuam a controlar os refugiados e os regressos, em estreita colaboração com militares indonésios e partilhando com eles os direitos de passagem exigidos aos que querem voltar para Timor Leste." OTL

    Jan 20 ETO: Refugees: How many? How many want to return to East Timor?  [Report: Refugees]
    "Political and financial interests are getting in the way of a credible census of the refugees. While the Indonesian authorities agreed to the presence of international humanitarian agencies in order to receive their aid, Jakarta has done little to disband the militia gangs that still control the refugees and repatriation, and collaborate closely with Indonesian soldiers, sharing with them the rights of passage demanded from those wishing to return to East Timor." ETO

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    DEC 2000 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

    Access the following recently added December items at:
    http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Dec2000N&A.htm

    Dec 31 LHB: Democracy and the World Bank in East Timor  [Editorial: Transition]
    "Experience shows that concerted public pressure can influence how the [World] Bank works. East Timor has a vibrant NGO sector, a political elite that is relatively responsive to grassroots constituencies, and a strong international solidarity movement. Working together, they can help ensure that the World Bank serves the East Timorese people’s needs, rather than vice-versa." LHB

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    TIMOR OIL

    Read about Timor Gap Oil at:
    http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/timorgap.htm

    Feb 8 HS: Matters that cause Australians shame and loathing  [Letter: Self-determination]
    "It would be a worthy tribute to the Australian military personnel who risked their lives in East Timor if John Howard returned all the Fretilin money plus interest and handed over all the revenues under the Timor Gap oil and gas treaties. This would do more for world peace and the Timorese nation than handing out tarnished awards to irresponsible politicians." Shirley Shackleton

    Feb 3 STL: Bishop Belo Calls For Timor Gap Watch  [News from ETimor: Timor Oil]
    "In order to ensure that the royalties [from Timor Gap] are used only for the country [ETimor], Bishop Belo called for the setting up of an independent body [Timor Gap Watch] that will monitor every liter of oil from the Timor Gap and the way royalties are generated from it. Also the manner in which the royalties are spent will be closely monitored." STL

    Feb 3 ASIET's Timor oil statement and petition  [Statement: Timor Oil]
    "While Indonesia occupied East Timor, everybody's attention was focussed on the fact that Australia and Indonesia were illegally sharing in another people's resources. There was little discussion of the fact that Canberra had squeezed a concession out of Jakarta which gave Canberra a 50% share in royalties from oil and gas that were not even in Australian territorial waters!" Max Lane, ASIET

    Jan 30 STL: 2005, Timor Lorosae to be a rich country  [News from ETimor: Timor Oil]
    "With that formula [90:10], Galbraith stressed, East Timors present royalties of USD3 million a year will increase to USD300 million a year within a period of between five to 10 years. If that calculation is accurate, STL estimates, the whole of East Timors reconstruction can be paid for without any outside help from donors." STL

    Jan 30 STL: Timor Gap Further Negotiations: Dont be Hinged to 90:10  [News from ETimor: Timor Oil]
    "In further negotiations between East Timor and Australia, the party representing East Timor must not be hinged to the 90:10 formula. Instead, they should be brave enough to renegotiate the whole Timor Gap deal." Francisco Guterres, Dean UNATILs Faculty of Socio-Politics

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    UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS

    Access Brisbane Events at:
    http://www.powerup.com.au/~legoullon/calender.htm

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

    Meeting of the Refugee Action Committee
    Phil Griffiths
    ANU, in Copland Building, room G030
    Monday, 12 Feb, 6.30pm

    'The Great Turning:  choosing a life sustaining future'
    Marie Jamieson and Gerry Jacobson
    ANU - Centre for Continuing Education - Summer 2001 Program
    10 am - 6 pm Saturday 24 February

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    OTHER RELATED LINKS

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

    World Council of Churches  Dutch: ?kumenischer Rat der Kirchen  French: Conseil oecuménique des Eglises  Spanish: Consejo Mundial de Iglesias
    REDE: Feto Timor Lorosae Timorese Women's Network
    Catholic Institute for International Relations

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    of indigenous culture, East Timorese rights to Timor Gap oil and gas resources and
    revenue, participatory democratic self-determination for the East Timorese people
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