BACK DOOR Newsletter on Timor Loro Sa'e: Monday Feb 5 2001

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

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

(ending Monday Feb 5).

This week there are:
* a few speeches on the transition of Falintil into the ET Defence Force;
* appeals regarding the lack of war crimes accountability;
* a report on the Timor Gap in the French language.

Contents:

   FEB 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS Updated Feb 3
  JAN 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS Updated Feb 3
  CURRENT URGENT ACTIONS Updated Jan 29
  UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS Updated Feb 3
  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 1 Taur Matan Ruak: Speech at Falintil transition ceremony  [Speech: Transition]
"Our final words are reserved to express our deepest and most respectful tribute to the People of East Timor: for their determination and their steadfastness which motivated us; for the love that you always gave in feeding us, nursing us and encouraging us; for the heroism in resisting which inspired us; and for teaching us to be humble and to fulfil our duty to defend our Homeland." Commander Taur Matan Ruak, Falintil

Feb 1 Xanana: Address at Transition Ceremony Of Falintil  [Speech: Transition]
"As your [Falintil's] former companion who shared the same difficulties in the mountains, who failed in leading you while we were reduced to less than one hundred men where as under the clear leadership of your Commander, Taur Matan Ruak, who enabled you to become an army of over one thousand five hundred soldiers  I can only but express here, today, my admiration for the spirit of self-sacrifice that you showed by bearing yet another year of hardship in Aileu." Xanana Gusmao, President, CNRT/CN

Feb 1 ETAN/U.S.: East Timor Still Awaits Justice A Year After UN Call for International Tribunal  [Release: Crimes]
"We are deeply disturbed that a year has passed since both [crimes tribunal] inquiries and no steps have been taken to address these severe human rights abuses with an international tribunal and no one has been prosecuted in Indonesia," John M. Miller, ETAN/US

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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 31 UN: Security Council Extends Untaet Mandate To 31 January 2002  [Minutes: Transition]

Jan 31 NGO Forum Statement to NC And UNTAET  [Statement: Transition]
"The National NGO Forum of East Timor is seriously concerned with the decision-making processes in the National Council (NC) of East Timor. The decision regarding the East Timor Defence Force (ETDF), in which the National Council did not have enough time to study the regulation and consult with the communities and groups that they represent, is disturbing." National NGO Forum of East Timor

Jan 31 TAPOL: East Timor - Crimes against humanity must not go unpunished  [Release: Crimes]
"Speedy justice and the ending of impunity are essential for peace and reconciliation in East Timor and for democracy and stability in Indonesia," Paul Barber, TAPOL

Jan 30 SMH: Community radio fights campaign of fear  [News: Refugees]
"A community radio station is being used to counter propaganda from pro-Indonesia militia groups and convince thousands of refugees who fled East Timor or were deported after the 1999 independence vote to return home." Mark Dodd

Jan 30 CSM: Conviction in East Timor Falls Short of Calls for Justice  [Article: Crimes]
"But no one in East Timor, thirsty for justice after a 24-year occupation, is satisfied with the result. "We reject this verdict," said Catalina Pereira, the victim's daughter, outside the courthouse. "So many men were slaughtered, and this is it?" The dissatisfaction of Ms. Pereira and thousands of other East Timorese illustrates how the effort to build a credible international justice system is faltering across the globe. A combination of weak political will, high costs, and poor coordination are hampering justice efforts from East Timor to the former Yugoslavia." Dan Murphy

Jan 27 ST: "Nope: No special funds to handle E. Timor refugees"  [News: Refugees]

Jan 27 ETAN/IHRN: Rights groups urge continued suspension of military ties with Indonesia  [Release: Military]
"The U.S. must not support TNI before Indonesia fully meets its repeated pledges to the international community, including the safe return of East Timorese refugees and disarming and disbanding of militia groups in West Timor. Indonesian authorities must arrest and extradite militia leaders and must cooperate with the creation of an international human rights tribunal for crimes committed in East Timor. Most critically, there must be civilian control of the Indonesian military. If the Bush administration genuinely supports democracy in Indonesia, it must make its commitment clear to the Indonesian military," John Miller, ETAN.

Jan 24 Reut: Top E.Timorese wants U.S. to help Indonesian army  [News: Military]
"One of East Timor's most prominent leaders, who denounced abuses by Indonesian troops in his homeland for decades, made a turnabout on Wednesday and urged the United States to resume military aid to Jakarta. It was a bizarre change of tack for Nobel peace prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta who was at the vanguard of the fight against the often brutal 23-year rule of East Timor by Indonesia." Joanne Collins

French:
Jan 12 OTO: Le pétrole de la Mer de Timor et les relations Timor Oriental-Australie  [Report: Timor Gap]
"L’histoire récente de l’attitude des gouvernements australiens révèle que le pétrole de la Mer de Timor a été placé au-dessus de toute autre considération dans les relations avec les pays voisins. L’Australie pourrait bénéficier davantage d’un développement plus harmonieux dans la région, et essayer d’attirer des investissements pour lesquels elle est mieux préparée que ses voisins." OTO

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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: Donations of Money

Until Feb 28 2001 OPMT/AFAP: Funds needed to ship container of Sewing Materials from Sydney to Dili
There has been a splendid response from Canberra women of all ages to the OPMT call for sewing materials and equipment, to be forwarded to the women of East Timor. AFAP is now appealing for donations towards the container shipping costs.

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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

'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 more

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OTHER RELATED LINKS

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

Tetum: La’o Hamutuk, Instituto Timor Lorosa’e ba Analiza no Monitoring Reconstrucao
The Indonesia Human Rights Network
East Timor National NGO Forum
TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign

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