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

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

This email contains a summary of items added to the website during the week
(ending Monday Mar 5)

Contents:

  CURRENT URGENT ACTIONS  Updated Mar 4
  TIMOR OIL  Updated Feb 28
  MAR 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS  Updated Mar 4
  FEB 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS  Updated Mar 4
  UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS  Updated Mar 3
  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

Until Mar 7 CIIR: Update on Women's Quotas Campaign
"The UN Electoral Assistance Division in New York refuses to set what they regard as a precedent for UN supervised elections in the future by allowing women's quotas to be a feature of the forthcoming election in East Timor, and are threatening to pull out of supervising the elections if the quotas are pursued." Catherine Scott, Catholic Institute for International Relations

Until Mar 7 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." Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR)

Until Mar 12 ASIET: Timor Oil Statement and Petition

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TIMOR OIL

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

Feb 28 GLW: Protests demand `Timor oil for the Timorese'  [News: Self-Determination]
“Although mainstream Australian politicians now bask warmly in the glow of support for East Timorese independence ... the real contemporary test of their political commitment to East Timor's future is the extent to which they will support substantial direct economic aid to East Timor and full East Timorese sovereignty over important economic resources which can underpin rising living standards and the capacity to develop social infrastructure.” Grahame McCulloch, general secretary, [Australian] National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)

Oct 9 2000 AAP: Australian Labor Party / Australian Democrats back East Timor on Gap Treaty  [News: Self-Determination]

  • "Such a settlement [a boundary between Australia and ETimor equi-distant from both nations] would place major gas and petroleum reserves within East Timor's maritime boundaries and constitute a just outcome consistent with the law of the sea," Laurie Brereton, Australian Labor Party foreign affairs spokesman

  • "[Australian] Democrats' foreign affairs spokesperson Vicki Bourne said she favoured a proposal which would give 90 per cent of all revenue from gap development to East Timor." AAP

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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 8 FEER: Searching For Closure: the fate of those missing in ETimor  [Article: Crimes]

    Mar 2 SMH: UN lays down East Timorese refugee deadline  [News: Refugees/Elections]

    Mar 1 ETAN/US: Letter on women and upcoming election  [Letter: Women/Elections]
    "Although they have made many contributions to their society through the independence movement, literacy campaigns, and other community service efforts, East Timorese women remain one of the most marginalized segments of the population. ... We hope that UNTAET will, at the behest of the East Timorese society it serves and in keeping with the United Nations’ commitment to women’s empowerment worldwide, rule in favor of a requirement for at least 30 percent women candidates in the upcoming elections in East Timor." Charles Scheiner, National Coordinator, East Timor Action Network

    Mar 1 NYT: Sexual Violence as Tool of War: Pattern Emerging in East Timor  [Article: Crimes]
    "Mr. Senior [UN chief investigator of sex crimes] said the reports he had gathered suggest that some instances of mass rape coincided with massacres that occurred both before the independence vote — in April and May 1999 — and in the three weeks of destruction that followed the Aug. 30 vote. ... Ms. Alves [Timorese counselor] said it was possible that the rapes were part of the destruction of East Timor that investigators are now piecing together as an orchestrated scorched-earth policy commanded by Indonesia's military." Seth Mydans

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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 28 TP: Human Rights Cases: UN Must Give Indonesia A Timeframe  [News: Crimes]
    “Let me be straight. Though I value Serio de Mello’s efforts in Jakarta, I still think in order to be effective the UN must give Indonesia a deadline to deal with the [crimes against humanity] cases,” Aderito de Jesus, Director, Sahe Institute of Liberation

    Feb 28 LUSA: Reconciliation Commission to Cover 1974-1999 Period  [News: Reconciliation/Crimes]

    Feb 26 BWorld: Ramos Horta congratulates Filipino people  [News: Non-Violence/Self-Determination]
    "you God-fearing and fellow Asians have shown the world that the governed must be eternally vigilant in holding elected leaders accountable for their moral duty to govern under the strictest public scrutiny. ... You have shown in your fervor in your latest democratic triumph that public office is a public trust. We, your Timorese brothers and sisters, stand proud in your glory as we feel the bond and kinship that flows between our blood and culture as both having the same trait and, more importantly, the same history of continuous struggle for self determination." Jose Ramos Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

    Feb 26 AP: Horta: Won't Help Others Break From Indonesia  [News: Self-Determination]
    "After Mandela was released, all of us, including Horta, spoke out against his cozying up to Suharto and failing to support East Timor, a policy which he later reversed. At the time, we reminded the South African leader of the support he had received from the anti-apartheid movement. The same goes for East Timor, whose valiant people enjoyed tremendous international support." TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign

    Feb 26 IHRN: Indonesia Human Rights Network Urges Continued Ban on U.S. Aid to Indonesian Military  [Release: Military Aid]
    "Before there can be any resumption of military ties between Washington and Jakarta, the Indonesian armed forces must undergo significant reform.  The U.S. government should accept nothing short of civilian control of the military as well as human rights trials conducted under international standards of justice as preconditions for any re-engagement with the Indonesian military," Agatha Schmaedick, Indonesia Human Rights Network co-chair

    Feb 24 RDP: Timorese bishop calls on UN for "Timorization" of administration  [Interview: Transition/Self-Determination]
    "we hope that, during this period of transition, the UN will take immediate steps for the Timorization of the administrative ranks, in order to have financial transparency and to prevent the Timorese from suffering further disappointments and dissatisfaction." Dom Ximenes Belo, bishop of Dili and Nobel Peace laureate

    Feb 24 AGE: Date set for East Timor election  [News: Elections]

    Feb 23 ST: Xanana has opportunity to be Timor Lorosae president  [News from WTimor: Elections]
    "For years the people of Timor Leste experienced and felt a harsh leadership style that frightened them. Now they are free, so they need a figure like Xanana who will give them back their freedom that has disappeared for so long." Santino O. Baros, manager, HMTOP NGO (Uniting Timor Lorosae Intellectuals for Development)

    Feb 23 ST: Rape in ETimor, Gusmao's wife criticizes Indonesia  [News from WTimor: Crimes]

    Feb 23 TP: ET-Indonesia relations  [Editorial from ETimor: Refugees]

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    DEC 2001 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: Finance]
    "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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    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

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

    Dinner, public meeting & premiere of a new short film:
    Free Aceh! Referendum Now!
    Sydney-based Aceh Australia Association (AAA) &
    Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor (ASIET)
    Glebe Town Hall, 160 St John's Rd, Glebe, Sydney
    Saturday March 17

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    OTHER RELATED LINKS

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

    Bahasa Indonesia & English:
    Fokupers - Forum Komunikasi Untuk Perempuan Loro Sae
    Fokupers - Women's Development and Advocacy
    Sahe Institute for Liberation (SIL)
    Yayasan HAK - Yayasan Hukum, Hak Asasi dan Keadilan
    Yayasan HAK - Foundation of Law, Human Rights, and Justice

    Tetum:
    La’o Hamutuk, Instituto Timor Lorosa’e ba Analiza no Monitoring Reconstrucao

    International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims

    Caritas Australia

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