BACK DOOR Newsletter on Timor Loro Sa'e: Monday March 19 2001

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

This email contains a summary of a few of the items added to the website during the week
(ending Monday March 19)
 

CONTENTS:

  CURRENT URGENT ACTIONS  Updated Mar 19
  MAR 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS  Updated Mar 18
  FEB 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS  Updated Mar 17
  UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS  Updated Mar 17
  OTHER RELATED LINKS
  ACTIVE RELATED EMAIL LISTS
  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
 
  • Volunteering in East Timor
  • Consider preserving of archival materials about East Timor
  • Mar 16 CHART: Clearing House for Archival Records on ET  Initiative added Mar 19
    "Many Australian individuals and organisations as well as East Timorese living here have, over the past twenty five years, created and accumulated a wealth of materials about the dramatic, often tragic events in East Timor ... This rich collection of documents, public and private letters, pamphlets, news clippings, organisational minutes, photographs, posters, sound and video recordings contains the broad history of Australian involvement with East Timor ... Most of this dispersed mass of material remains in private hands and there is a danger that, over time, much of this material may be neglected or lost. The Project aims to ensure that this does not happen." John Waddingham, initial national coordinator, CHART (Clearing House for Archival Records on ET)
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    MAR 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

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

    Mar 16 CNRT/NCP: Gusmao: Speech at signing of the Electoral Regulation  Speech added Mar 18
    "[This is the] English version of the speech of the Presdient of CNRT/CN and National Council (NC) at the signing of the Electoral Regulation for the forthcoming and first elections to be held on August the 30th this year. The original speech was said in Portuguese and translated into English by the Media Unit of CNRT/CN Presidency." Ines Alemeida, Head, Media Unit CNRT/CN

    Portuguese:
    Mar 15 CNRT/CNP: Gusmão: O Regulamento Assinado pelo Dr Sérgio De Mello  Speech added Mar 18
    "Intervenção do Presidente do CNRT/CN, Xanana Gusmão na ocasião da assinatura, pelo Dr Sergio Vieira de Mello, Administrador Transitório, do regulamento sobre a eleição de uma Assembleia Constituinte para a elaboração de uma constituiçâo para um Timor Leste independente e democrático" CNRT/Congresso Nacional Presidência

    Mar 14 Japan: NGO Joint Petition on UNCHR 57th session  Petition added Mar 17
    "The Japanese government should also call for clarification, as part of any investigation into crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in East Timor, of the responsibility borne by countries which provided financial assistance, weapons and diplomatic support to the Indonesian government and military, and were therefore indirectly involved in the massive human rights abuses perpetrated in East Timor." NGO Joint Petition on UNCHR 57th session

    English and Bahasa Indonesia:
    Mar 13 E.Timor NGOs protest police predictions of violence  Letter & Commentary added Mar 17
    "On February 8, and Australian news article interviewed the civpol Commander of Operations in East Timor who predicted violence
    as the election process progresses, basing it on myths of East Timor having little experience with democracy and a culture of
    violence. After a phone conversation in which the Commander confirmed that the interview does reflect his opinions, a coalition of East Timorese NGOs wrote him a letter on 17 February. As there has been no response to the letter for three weeks, the NGOs
    have decided to release the letter to the public and the media." Charles Scheiner, International Federation for East Timor

    Mar 12 Age: Burchill: Not guilty on Timor? Explain this then  Article added Mar 13
    "[the Australian Hawke and Keating governments] did as much as we possibly could to advance the East Timor cause within the environment as we faced it with the cards that we had" Gareth Evans

    Mar 10 ETAN: Memo to UN Commission on H. Rights  Memo added Mar 17
    "At last year’s Human Rights Commission session, Indonesia’s representative Susanto Sutoyo expressed confidence that his government’s internal processes would satisfy the requirements of the international community. U.S. representative Micheal Dennis stated the U.S. sincerely hoped that at the next session of the Commission, it would be able to note further progress by Indonesia in bringing those responsible for human rights violations in East Timor to justice. Unfortunately, such progress has not occurred." East Timor Action Network/U.S.

    Mar 10 ETAN: Re: US Government's Travel Warning on ET  Letter added Mar 17
    "this recent edict from the U.S. government cannot go unchallenged. The U.S. State Department warns American citizens
    travelling to East Timor to "exercise extreme caution" because "During the year 2000, East Timor witnessed a significant increase in all categories of crime, violent and non-violent" " Charles Scheiner, East Timor Action Network/U.S.

    Mar 6 UPI: Army key to Indonesia's power  Analysis added Mar 18
    "in East Timor in the late 1990s, TMI [Indonesian army] did not hesitate to equip and lead paramilitary forces that inflicted a reign of terror on a population seeking independence from Indonesia. ... When Habibie angered Wiranto and other army commanders by agreeing to a referendum over independence in east Timor, they retaliated by unleashing a wave of terror within East Timor." Martin Sieff, Senior News Analyst, United Press International

    Mar 5 ETO: Political parties and Pro-Independence Forces  Report added Mar 17
    "There are 8 parties behind the independence flag. Of the five parties set up in 1974, four eventually collaborated, to a greater or lesser extent, with the Indonesian occupiers. FRETILIN always maintained its opposition to the occupation. Aware of its present advantage, FRETILIN now feels restricted as part of the united front proposed by Xanana Gusmão, and wants to leave it to conquer its own territory. For some, however, talk of such a move only rekindles memories of the 1974 civil war and impels Xanana Gusmão to appeal for national unity." East Timor Observatory

    Mar 2 TP: Bishop Belo: No Violence During Lent  Editorial from ETimor added Mar 17
    "in many aspects, the history of East Timor is written in gold, with Christian and Catholic spirit and confidence that the people’s right to independence is sacred." Timor Post Editorial

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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

    Bahasa Indonesia:
    Feb 17 ETNGOs: Pimpinan Operasi Civpol UNTAET  Letter added Mar 17
    "Kami memahami bahwa anda memiliki berbagai kekuatan, dengan berbagai pelatihan, pengalaman, bahasa, dan latar belakang budaya, yang membuat semua itu menjadi penting bagi kepemimpinan Civpol mengusahakan informasi yang akurat yang merefleksikan masyarakat Timor Loro Sa’e dan mendorong suatu hubungan yang baik dengannya. Mengembangkan suatu ide secara meluas bahwa kini orang Timor Loro Sa’e tidak mampu memecakan perselisihan secara damai merupakan sesuatu yang keliru dan berbahaya." La’o Hamutuk, Yayasan HAK, Center for Popular Economic Development, Sa’he Institute for Liberation, NGO Forum, Organizacao Juventude de Timor Loro Sae, Klinika PAS, Fokupers

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    UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS

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

    M1 meeting
    at the Copland building G031, Australian National University.
    Monday March 19, 6.30pm

    A protest against Phillip Ruddock
    Organised by Refugee Action Committee
    outside the National Press Club, 16 National Circuit Barton
    Wednesday 21 March, from 12-2pm

    Participative workshop for connecting with and moving beyond
    our pain about the social and environmental crises of our times
    Marie Jamieson & Gerry Jacobson; based on the work of Joanna Macy
    ANU CCE  Program
    10am to 6pm on Saturday 24 March

    Walk / Cycle Against Want
    Community Aid Abroad - Oxfam Australia
    Sunday March 25th.
    Location: Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park (near the end of Anzac Parade).
    Start Time: 9.30am-2.00pm Registration; 10.00am Official Start
    Distance: Walk 5km, Cycle 18km - 1 hour to complete.
    Parking: Can be accessed from Constitution Avenue.
    More info & Register online: http://www.caa.org.au/walk/

    Refugee Action Committee Meeting
    Endorsed by Amnesty International
    Room G030 of the Copland Building, ANU
    Monday night, 26 March, 6.30pm

    After S11: Globalise Resistance
    Forum on growing anti-globalisation movement
    Democratic Socialist Party & Resistance
    Lecture Theatre 5, Manning Clarke Bldg, ANU
    Sat March 31, 1pm

    Seminar: Women and Torture
    Amnesty International
    St Ninians Church, (corner Brigalow and Mouat Streets, Lyneham, Canberra)
    Monday 2 April 2001, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

    Special M1 meeting
    community groups will come along and help us plan what happens on May 1st
    at the Copland building G031, ANU
    Monday April 2, 6.30pm

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    OTHER RELATED LINKS

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

    Bahasa Indonesia:
    Policlinica PAS (Pronto Atu Serbi - Ready to Work)

    English:
    Policlinica PAS (Pronto Atu Serbi - Ready to Work)

    English:
    Centro Do Desenlvolvimento da Economica Popular (CDEP) / Peoples Economic Development Centre

    Bahasa Indonesia:
    OPMT: Organizacao Popular de Mulher Timor / The Popular Organisation of East Timorese Women

    English:
    OPMT: The Popular Organisation of East Timorese Women / Organizacao Popular de Mulher Timor

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    ACTIVE RELATED EMAIL LISTS

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

    east-timor list

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