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La’o Hamutuk, East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis
La’o Hamutuk, Institutu ba Analiza no Monitor Rekonstrusaun Timor Lorosae
La’o Hamutuk, Institut Pemantau dan Analisis Rekonstruksi Timor Lorosa’e


La’o Hamutuk:
P.O. Box 340, Dili, Timor-Leste
Mobile: +(670)7234330
Land phone: +(670)3325-013

Charles Scheiner, volunteer staff member of LH
Timor-Leste Mobile phone number: +(670)7234335
New York phone number: +1-914-831-1098


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This page last updated: 23 Sep 2005
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Timor Oil & Gas Articles
  this section updated: 22 Sep 2005
What is La’o Hamutuk?
Who is La’o Hamutuk?
  this section updated: 22 Sep 2005

Timor Oil & Gas Articles:

La'o Hamutuk Index to Articles about Oil and Gas:

September 2004 The Case for Saving Sunrise
"[oil and gas] Stakeholders, including oil companies, the Australian government, international financial institutions and aid agencies, are telling Timor-Leste what it should do, in light of their respective interests. The most important stakeholder – the people of Timor-Leste – would be best served by sequential, rather than simultaneous, development of Timor-Leste’s two major petroleum fields, postponing Sunrise development for at least a decade. This would allow time to make wiser decisions, and would help Timor-Leste maximize its petroleum revenues. Although neither Australia nor the oil companies currently prefer this path, Timor-Leste’s government is responsible for the long-term well-being of its own citizens, and that should be the primary consideration. This paper presents the reasons for developing Greater Sunrise after Bayu-Undan, saving Sunrise gas in the ground for 10-15 years, to maximize benefits for Timor-Leste." Submitted to the government of Timor-Leste by Charles Scheiner, La’o Hamutuk 28 July 2004

March 2004 East Timor Government's Budget Deficit

March 2004 Avoiding the Resource Curse:

August 2003 Timor Sea Oil & Gas update:

December 2002 Timor Oil Chronology:

August 2002 Petroleum Conference in Darwin:

July 2002: Timor Oil, Solidarity:

What is La’o Hamutuk?

Mission Statement:

* La’o Hamutuk (Walking Together in English) is an East Timorese non-governmental organization that monitors, analyzes, and reports on the principal international institutions present in Timor Lorosa’e as they relate to the physical, economic, and social reconstruction and development of the country. 

* La’o Hamutuk believes that the people of East Timor must be the ultimate decision-makers in this process and that this process should be democratic and transparent. 

* La’o Hamutuk is an independent organization and works to facilitate effective East Timorese participation. 

* In addition, La’o Hamutuk works to improve communication between the international community and East Timorese society. 

* La’o Hamutuk’s East Timorese and international staff have equal responsibilities, and receive equal pay. 

* Finally, La’o Hamutuk is a resource center, providing literature on development models, experiences, and practices, as well as facilitating solidarity links between East Timorese groups and groups abroad with the aim of creating alternative development models. 


La'o Hamutuk is an active participant in the:
Movimento Kontra Okupasun Tasi Timor (MKOTT) / Movement Against the Occupation of the Timor Sea

La'o Hamutuk is a member of:
Centru Informasaun Independenti ba Tasi Timor (CIITT) / Independent Center for Timor Sea Information

La'o Hamutuk is an East Timorese non-government organization (ETNGO) registered with:
Forum Nacional ONG Timor Lorosa'e (FONGTIL) / East Timor National NGO Forum

Access & Transparency:

La’o Hamutuk welcomes reprinting articles or graphics from their Bulletin without charge, but they would like to be notified and given credit for their work. 

In the spirit of encouraging greater transparency, La’o Hamutuk would like you to contact them if you have documents and/or information that should be brought to the attention of the East Timorese people and the international community.

Who is La’o Hamutuk?

La’o Hamutuk staff (East Timorese & International):
Maria Afonso de Jesus, Alex Grainger, Yasinta Lujina, Inês Martins, Guteriano Nicolau

Executive board:

Joseph Nevins, Nuno Rodrigues, Pamela Sexton, Adérito de Jesus Soares

Translation for August 2005 Bulletin:
Nino Sari, Selma Hayati

Cipriano Daus

Kay Fisher, Cassia Bechara, Charlie Scheiner

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