BACK DOOR Newsletter on Timor Loro Sa'e: Monday Feb 26 2001

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

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

(ending Monday Feb 26).

This week:
* common themes are transition to independence, self-determination and investments;
* an article on Reconciliation (English)    Rekonciliasaun (Tetum);
* a report on Transition to Independence (English)    Processo transitório para a independência (português);
* items on:   'timorisation'Timor oilrefugeesIndonesian military investmentselections, self-determination & reconciliation.

Contents:

  FEB 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS Updated Feb 23
  NOV 2000 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS Updated Feb 20
  EARLY ARTICLES & REPORTS Updated Feb 23
  CURRENT URGENT ACTIONS Updated Feb 13
  UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS Updated Feb 25
  OTHER RELATED LINKS
  ABOUT BACK DOOR
  EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION

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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 22 STL & TP: Political Party Registration / No Dual Citizenships for Party Leaders  [News from ETimor: Transition/Elections]   top

Feb 21 TP: UNTAET v. East Timorese  [Editorial from ETimor: Self-Determination/Reconciliation]
"the hasty statement of the UNTAET staff ... demonstrates as always, the arrogance and over-ambition of UNTAET staff. ... often "other people" have used opportunities in international missions, including UNTAET, to carry out their private interest and ambition. ... [The Timorese people] do not want an international mission where interested persons, groups or nations bring suffering to the people. ... They do not need other people who come in the name of the "world" and do unsatisfactory work." Timor Post    top

Feb 21 GLW: Scrap the Timor Gap Treaty  [Article: Self-Determination/Investment]
"East Timor's leadership has stated, on several occasions, that while it considers the treaty illegal and invalid (as does the United Nations), it wants the oil and gas projects to continue. In the event of East Timor gaining full sovereign rights over its seabed resources, East Timor's leaders have stated that the fiscal requirements for companies operating in the gap shall remain the same." John Land    top

Feb 21 JP: Alkatiri on ET's business climate  [Interview: Transition/Investment]   top

Feb 19 NTTX: Indon reporters: At this time Timor Lorosae is a nation that's safe  [News from WTimor: Refugees]
"The conclusion is that Timor Lorosae is now a safe country, especially in Dili, and not some joke so that there is no reason for Timor Lorosae people in refuge to be afraid to go home except for those whose hands are "bloody," because their fear really exists inside themselves wherever they go." NTT Ekspres    top

Feb 19 TAPOL: Worrying trends or developments in East Timor  [Letter: Transition/Investment/Military]
"The rapid influx of foreign capital interests [into East Timor] is undeniable and has been spotted by many, but what is especially useful in his [George Aditjondro's] interview is his identifying Indonesian army-related companies who are now involved as well. This is the kind of Indonesia-ETimor collaboration that should certainly not be welcomed and that should be exposed." Carmel, TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign    top

Feb 19 STL: Timorisation  [Editorial: Self-Determination/Transition]
"Many Timorese are disappointed because the Timorisation process just appears to be on the surface, with numbers more important than having the power to make crucial decisions." Suara Timor Lorosae    top

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NOV 2000 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

Access the following recently added November items at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Nov2000N&A.htm

Portuguese:
Nov 6 OTL: Transição, a meio caminho para a independência  [Report: Transition/Transição]
"Xanana Gusmão acusou a missão das NU de ter falhado no envolvimento dos timorenses no processo transitório para a independência. “Não estamos interessados numa herança de carros e leis, nem estamos interessados numa herança de planos de desenvolvimento para um futuro concebido por outros que não os timorenses. Não estamos interessados em herdar uma racionalidade económica que coloca de lado a complexidade social e política da realidade timorense, nem desejamos herdar os pesados mecanismos de tomada de decisão e implementação de projectos nos quais o papel dos timorenses é o de dar o seu consentimento como observadores ao invés de agentes activos que deveríamos começar a ser.” (Sidney Morning Herald, 10-10-2000)." OTL - Observatório Timor Leste    top

Nov 6 ETO: Transition, half way to independence  [Report: Transition]
"Security Council (SC) Resolution 1272 of 25 October 1999 mandated UNTAET [UN Transitional Administration for East Timor] "to support capacity-building for self-government", and insisted on the "need for UNTAET to consult and cooperate closely with the East Timorese people in order to carry out its mandate effectively with a view to the development of local democratic institutions… and the transfer to these institutions of its administrative and public service functions" ETO - East Timor Observatory    top

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EARLY ARTICLES & REPORTS

Access the following recently added earlier items at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Early.htm

Tetum:
Jun 21 2000 Y-HAK: Lopes: Rekonciliasaun Housi Lei Nia Roman  [Article: Reconciliation/Rekonciliasaun]
"Principio katak rekonciliasaun tenke bazeia iha esforsu atu fo justisa ba sociedade, liu-liu ba mutun na’in sira (victima). ... Bazeia ba lia-los ne’e mak ita bele hateten katak procesu lei nian la’o. Procesu lei nian ne’e bele la’o iha tribunal (tribunal formal) no mos bele la’o tuir dalan ne’ebe la-os tribunal, hanesan mekanismo fukun (mekanisme adat). Substancia rua ne’e, justisa ho lia-los, bele hala’o hanesan no dala ida de’it, ho hanoin katak sira na’in rua tulun malu. Procesu lei nian bele mos hala’o uluk atu buka lia-los, no dala ruma ita hetan tiha ona lia-los, tuir mai ita lori problema ne’ebe iha ba tribunal." Aniceto Guterres Lopes, Direktor, Yayasan HAK    top

Jun 21 2000 Y-HAK: Lopes: Reconciliation from a Legal Perspective  [Article: Reconciliation]
"It is a basic principle that we must base reconciliation on the effort to realize justice for the entire society, especially for the victims.  ... Given the spiritual injury experienced by society, the healing process must be gradual. This reconciliation is inevitably tied to the nature of the legal process. Only if there is justice can true reconciliation, or social healing, occur." Aniceto Guterres Lopes, Director, Yayasan HAK   top

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CURRENT URGENT ACTIONS

Read about Urgent Actions & Things to Do at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Actions.htm

Petitions:
Until Mar 12 ASIET: Timor Oil Statement and Petition
Until Mar 8 CIIR: Women's Representation to ETimor's Constituent Assembly

Things to do: Fair Trading:
CAAT:  Re-build ET coffee economy - Buy Fair Trade Coffee!

Things to avoid:
Feb 10 ETAN/IFET: Don't advocate without consulting in depth with ETimorese
Dec 27 SMH: East Timor says no thanks to thongs, teddies
Dec 12 NTEU: Put books for East Timor Uni on hold
Dec 3 OPMT: Please DO NOT mail Sewing Materials to Australian Forces Post Office!   top

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UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS

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

Informal launch of 'Breaking the Banks', a new book about
the impact of the Asian Development Bank and Australia's role in the Mekong region
WHO: ACT Mekong Group, Community Aid Abroad members, other interested supporters...
Migrant Resource Centre Room 3 (next to CAA office),
Griffin Centre, Bunda St, Civic
6-8pm, Monday February 26, 2001

Meeting of the Refugee Action Committee
Amnesty International Endorsed
ANU, in Copland Building, room G030
Monday night, February 26th,  6.30pm

M1 Teach-in: People and planet not corporate profit
Organised by M1 Alliance.
Hayden Allen Tank, ANU.
Sat March 3 10.30-5pm

International Women's Day. Speakout
Democratic Socialist Party and Resistance.
Garema Pl, Civic
Thursday March 8, 12.30pm    top

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OTHER RELATED LINKS

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

Amnesty International
East Timor National NGO Forum
TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign    top

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