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BACK DOOR Newsletter on East Timor

East Timorese Leaders & Personalities:

(East Timor info listed below is updated irregularly and may not be current)

Up-Dated: Feb 1, 2002

NEW = Added to BACK DOOR Website since last Monday's Emailout

Jan 22 Commission for Reception, Truth, and Reconciliation sworn in  Biographies updated Jan 24
"On 21 February [January?] 2002, the National Commissioners of the East Timor Commission for Reception, Truth, and Reconciliation were sworn in to office, with speeches by Jose Ramos Horta, Sergio Vieira de Mello and Xanana Gusmão, and messages from Mary Robinson and Rev. Desmond Tutu. The following are the names and brief biographies of the Commissioners, from the program for the swearing-in ceremony."

See biographies of speakers (including many East Timorese leaders) at Conference on Sustainable Development in East Timor (25th - 31st January 2001) [370k]:

Bahasa Indonesia:
Daftar pembicara dan riwayat hidup pembicara: Konferensi Pembangunan Berkelanjutan di Timor Lorosa’e (diadakan pada 25-31 januari 2001) [370k]:

In alphabetical order of first name:

Aderito de Jesus Soares  Added June 14  see also
Aderito Soares is the Coordinator of SAHE Institute for Liberation and the East Timor Jurists Association. He is 31 years old, has a degree in Law from University of Salatiga in Central Java. After graduating he worked as a lawyer for the NGO ELSHAM (Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy) in Jakarta where he focussed on the indigenous people of West Papua and labour issues in Kalimantan. Aderito lectures in human rights and legal subjects at the East Timor National University. He has considerable international experience, having represented East Timor at the Vienna +5 Human Rights Conference in Ottawa in 1998 (with Jose Ramos Horta), was one of seven international judges for the Peoples’ Tribunal in Puerto Rico in November 2000, and had an internship with OMCT, a NGO focussing on Torture) in Geneva for three months in 1998. He acted as a facilitator for the CNRT training campaigners for independence, and during his time in Jakarta worked with the pro-democracy movement. He is a Board member of the NGO Forum and another NGO, Lao Hamutuk. Aderito comes from Maliana District, and speaks Kemak (the local language), Tetum, English, Bahasa Indonesian and Portugese.

Andrea da Costa  Added June 14  see also
Andrea is the External Liaison Officer for the NGO Forum in East Timor. She is the widow of an East Timorese expat Atanasio Conceicao da Costa, founder and first President of the East Timorese Association of WA, Australia, of the East Timorese Amateur Soccer Club of WA, Australia and of the East Timorese Radio Station in Perth, Australia. Andrea was an active volunteer for the Timorese refugees of 1975 working in the areas of social integration for housing, education and legal affairs since that time. She and her husband were members of CNRT and organised many demonstrations and seminars for the plight of East Timor in the past 2 decades. As the External Liaison Officer Andrea promotes cooperation, transparency, effective dialogue and partnership between NGOs, INGOs, other international bodies, UN agencies, UNTAET, ETTA, the banks (ADB, WB) and the private sector. Andrea now lives with her husbands’ family in a tent amongst the ruins of their bombed house, on a hilltop in the outskirts of Dili. Andrea speaks English, Dutch, German and understands some Portuguese and Tetum.

Arsenio Bano  Updated Nov 10 | see also | and also
On Sep 20 2001 Arsenio Bano was appointed Minister for Labour and Solidarity in the Second Transitional Government in East Timor, as an Independent. He is the Executive Director of the East Timor NGO Forum, the coordination and information body for local and international NGOs working in East Timor. He is 27 years old, and had begun a degree in Management in Indonesia. He is currently also the Chair of FFSO (Fundacao Fatu Sinai Oe-cusse), Arsenio’s home District, and Managing Director of Tolas, a human rights newspaper in East Timor. Arsenio was one of a group of students who jumped over the wall into the US embassy in Jakarta some years ago to draw attention to the dire situation in East Timor. He was sent to Portugal. From there he went to London where he worked as Campaign and Research Assistant for the Human Rights organisation TAPOL. He was also a member of the British Campaign for East Timor. He returned to East Timor on 6 October 1999, and worked during the emergency period with the student NGO Renatil, and the CNRT. He is a strong advocate for civil society organisations, and a skilled networker. He speaks Bicaeno (the language of Oecusse), Tetum, Portugese, English and Bahasa Indonesian.

Aziza Magno  Updated Sep 3  see also
Aziza (Adaljiza) Magno is a representative of REDE, the East Timor Women's Network, which has 15 member organisations. She has a degree in Economics from Yaysan Universitas Sebelas Marek in Indonesia. She was active in the East Timor students’ movement in Indonesia, being Secretary and later Treasurer for IMPETU an East Timorese Students Association. She was also a Board member of ELSHAN, a women student's group for peace.  She has also been active in Renatil and a Catholic Students’ group, PMKRI, of which she was Treasurer. Aziza was Secretary of the Committee that organised the first Women's Congress of East Timor from 13-17 June 2000. This Congress developed a major platform for action to improve the situation of women in East Timor. She also helped to establish REDE.
Aziza currently works as Coordinator for Advocacy and Campaigning for SAHE Institute, with a focus on women, labour and cultural issues. During the emergency period she worked with another women's NGO, Fokupers, and with a Human Rights NGO, Yayasan Hak. She prepared radio programs for the UNTAET Radio and for the student radio RTK. In Year 2000 she did a 6-week speaking tour of the USA, talking about women's issues, labour issues, and the political transition in East Timor. Aziza is from Baucau District, and speaks Bagia (the local language), Tetum, Indonesian and English. She understands Portugese.

Sr. Dr. José Ramos-Horta  Updated Feb 1, 2002

* Dr Jose Ramos-Horta is an internationally-renowned spokesperson for the East Timorese cause. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996 for “sustained efforts to hinder the oppression of small people”.

* Dr Ramos-Horta has been a dynamic and determined advocate for a free and independent East Timor. From 1976 until 1989, he was the permanent representative of the Frente Revolucionaria de Timor Leste Independente (FRETILIN) at the United Nations. He currently holds the position of Senior Minister & Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in the United Nations appointed, all East Timorese, second transitional cabinet of East Timor.

* A witness to the National Pact of Unity, a peace accord signed by political parties for the August 30 elections, Dr Ramos-Horta remains independent of all political parties.

* To Contact Dr Jose Ramos-Horta:
C/- Ms Caroline O’Brien
Media Liaison Officer - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Second Transitional Government East Timor
Telephone: +61 (0)417 804 298

Mr Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão  Added Oct 14

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