26 August 2017

TIMFO.ORG Timor Sea Justice Forum NSW

TIMFO.ORG is the website of the Timor Sea Justice Forum NSW. It supports East Timor's campaign to determine its maritime boundary with Australia.

There is no maritime boundary between our two countries, only provisional arrangements for resource sharing. The Timorese people say that "drawing the line" is an important and final step in fully determining their sovereign territory. Here is a two-page summary of the issue, called "Draw the Border". **PDF FILE It's easy to read, lots of pictures, up-to-date.


An easy way to harass your MP over the maritime boundary between Australia and East Timor

http://www.timfo.org The latest press release from the Compulsory Conciliation on the Timor Sea border states that the process will continue until October. See here for a comment. http://timfo.org/new-blog-avenue/2017/8/9/timor-and-australia-agree-to-extend-timeframe

We invite you, indeed urge you, to alert your MP over this matter.

We have a new and easy method of sending him or her an email.

Click this link:   http://timfo.org/come-on-aussie/

Put in your postcode and you’ll find your MP’s contact immediately. AND an email (which you can change if you want).

Just click again, and off it goes.

Please send this widely on social media and through email etc.

We have not been informed yet about the presentation of the petition on the Timor Sea, which attracted 16,000+ signatures. (Many thanks for yours! )

We’ll let you know when a date is set for presentation by Tony Burke MP.

With thanks to all,

Timor Sea Justice Forum
per Susan
Sister Susan Connelly

25 August 2017

ALERT Doctors and Medical Students, Health CSO's in Timor-Leste Stop Smoking Program from Brazil seeks to assist Timor-Leste

My name is Rayanna Pereira, I'm a Brazilian medical student and I am the Coordinator of Expansion to Portuguese Speaking Countries of the NGO Education Against Tobacco http://educationtobacco.org/, which works with middle and high school students for the prevention of smoking in over 64 countries around the world.

The project was created in Brazil last year and we have translated all the NGO material to Portuguese. Since then, I've been working on expanding this material to other Portuguese speaking countries and have just got founded the first group in Portugal (http://educationtobacco.org/portugal-has-its-first-eat-team-in-nova-medical-school/).

Right now, I'm trying to get in touch with medical students or doctors in Timor Leste (East Timor), a country where over two thirds of the male population smokes, so that the project can be expanded there.

Any help will be much appreciated and feel free to share my contact information below.

Kind regards,

Rayanna Pereira

6th year medical student at Federal University of Ouro Preto
Coordinator of Expansion to Portuguese Speaking Countries - EAT Brazil

See also
East Timor tackles cigarette smoking with a new law to control tobacco
Timor-Leste’s efforts recognized on World No Tobacco Day

23 August 2017

Timor-Leste Council of Ministers Meeting 22 August 2017

Council of Ministers Meeting on the 22nd August 2017

Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Sixth Constitutional Government

Press Release

Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the 22nd August 2017

This Tuesday, the Prime Minister, Rui Maria de Araújo, convened the Government members for the final meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Sixth Constitutional Government to thank and acknowledge the work done by this Executive, over the last 30 months.

Rui Maria de Araújo highlighted "the great honour and pride" of the responsibility he took on, and expressed his "great appreciation for the service rendered by all during these two and a half years of mandate." The Prime Minister stated "despite the differences, the different political origins and ideologies, the circumstances that led to the formation of this Government and, above all, the challenges we faced, I consider the work of the Sixth Constitutional Government a very positive one. I am honoured to have led this team, and even more, for the successes we have achieved." Rui Maria de Araújo handed a certificate of personal gratitude to each member of Government, where he personally acknowledged the contribution made by each member and, citing Borja da Costa, declared "we have marked a trail in the construction of the State of Timor-Leste".

The members of the Government thanked the Prime Minister for his political welcome, appreciation and moral and professional support. A highlight was made regarding the dignity that this Government has given to the country, as well as the consolidation of peace and stability, which has enabled Timor-Leste to aspire to the prosperity defined in the Strategic Development Plan.

Special thanks were extended to Minister Counsellor Xanana Gusmão, for the courage and trust he showed in the new generation of politicians, encompassing members of other parties when forming the structure of the Sixth Government. The knowledge he passed on was highly valued, and he generously shared the fruit of his experience including his global vision, creative strategies and many ideas on the future of the nation.

The Council of Ministers also presented an update of the proposals it presented and approved during its mandate, which will be included in the report of the governance process to be submitted to the Seventh Constitutional Government. END

22 August 2017

East Timor police fire tear gas during student protests

22 August 2017 DILI (Reuters) - Hundreds of students in East Timor clashed on Monday with police who fired tear gas to disperse the crowds protesting against alleged government corruption.

Members of parliament were forced to suspend a planned auction of government cars after protesters took to the streets and threw rocks at police officers and public vehicles, alleging the cars were being deliberately marked down and would cause state losses. Full story at https://www.reuters.com/article/us-timor-protests-idUSKCN1B11R9

18 August 2017

Commemoration of the 42nd Anniversary of FALINTIL

Minister of State and of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste

Dili, August 18th, 2017

Commemoration of the 42nd Anniversary of FALINTIL

The 20th of August 2017 will mark the 42nd Anniversary of the formation of FALINTIL, the Armed Forces for the National Liberation of Timor-Leste.

The Government expresses its deep respect and gratitude to FALINTIL and honors all National Liberation Combatants, whose courage and sacrifice during our 24 years of struggle lead to a free and independent Timor-Leste.

A series of events have been organized in the lead up to FALINTIL Day. Between the 7th and the 18th of August a sporting competition, the FALINTIL Cup, was conducted at the Futsal Field at Fatuhada with games played between Government Ministries. On the Saturday the 19th of August a special Mass in Honor of the National Heroes will be held in the Church of Santo Antonio [Motael], followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Cemetery of the Heroes in Metinaro.

On Sunday the 20th of August the central event to honor the anniversary of FALINTIL takes place at the F-FDTL Headquarters in Fatuhada. Visiting guests will include high ranking military representatives from Portugal and Australia, and military personnel, veterans and diplomats from around the world.

The official program involves a Flag Raising Ceremony, military parades, and the conferring of promotions and awards.  Speeches will be delivered by the President of the Republic and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, H.E. Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, and by the General Chief of Staff of the Defense Force, Major-General Lere Anan Timur.

This ceremony will finish with a presentation to students who have participated in a march from Ainaro to Dili in honor of the 42nd Anniversary, followed by a musical performance and military demonstration.

Spokesperson for the Sixth Constitutional Government, Minister of State Agio Pereira noted “in these next days we remember FALINTIL and all those who served within her ranks. Today the sun rises and sets over a peaceful and free Timor-Leste because of their sacrifice and courage. We honor them. It is in the spirit of FALINTIL that we know what it is to love and serve and inspired by their dignity and determination, we press on, working together to build our Nation.”ENDS

17 August 2017

The Concealed War The Forgotten History of East Timor, Taylor

Highly recommended by ETLJB. I only have the Indonesian version.

If you see the English version and want to gain insight into the genocide perpetrated by the Indonesian State 1975-1999 in now independent East Timor, read it.

During this horrifying chapter in East Timor's history, up to 160,000 citizens died; proportionately one of the most violent and vilest genocides of the 20th century.

No one has ever been punished for the atrocious crimes against humanity, widespread human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings, torture, rape, massacres of the innocents, a long and bitter war between the East Timorese resistance to foreign domination fought for 24 years without a glance by the world except the Lusophone states; UN Resolutions treated with contempt, military support to the Indonesians militarily; mainly by the United States and Australia, at least.

But the resistance also had allies in Australia with freedom radio broadcasts from the Northern Territory into East Timorese/Indonesian air space and providing a valuable link to the outside world. And support grew from dissidents within Australia.

Even the catastrophe of the Santa Cruz cemetery massacre in 1991 did not move the world's heart and conscience. Indonesian Soeharto's Orde Baru ran amok in East Timor in classical Javanese style; but the elite did it through their military and sought to put a permanent cloak of secrecy upon the territory.

Upon their final defeat and Habibi's decision to allow a vote on separation from Indonesia, the East Timorese state rose to its rightful place in the community of nations, formally, in 2002.

 The legacy of the Indonesian invasion on 7 December 1975 and the following subjugation of the population and the infliction of savage genocidal policies, military rule, all left a traumatised and grieving community; probably not one member of whom was not tragically impacted by the occupation and genocide.

As Australians, we owe an historical debt of honour to the East Timorese. Quick to recognise who was on a just quest and the Japanese imperialism and slaughters, the East Timorese risked their own lives and their families to help our military evade the Japanese in World War II.

But still today, our government refuses the settle the maritime boundary with East Timor in the Timor Sea in a fair, equitable and just way; by complying with Australia's international obligations and participate in an equidistant treaty without further delay. Our country thereby robs the poor of their sovereign resources.

The oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea that lawfully belong to the East Timorese people are being profited from, are being misappropriated by the Australian government and the energy cartels. And we all benefit from that moral stench.

Raise your voice against this injustice and demand your political representatives to agitate this issue. Obrigadu. WLW

14 August 2017

East Timor Government expresses condolences after tragic accident kills Director General at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and 2 Foreigners

Minister of State and of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste Dili, August 14th, 2017

Government expresses condolences after tragic accident

It was with deep regret the Government received news of the passing of Aquilino Santos Caeiro, Daniel J. Groshong and Ruth Klaasje after a tragic road accident on Saturday.

On behalf of the Government, Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo offered his deep condolences to their families, friends and colleagues at this time of great loss.

Each of these people were devoted in their service to Timor-Leste and made important contributions to the Nation.

Aquilino Santos Caeiro, a son of Timor-Leste, was Director General at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Daniel J. Groshong, a native of Oregon, USA, was a veteran journalist, professional photographer and founder of the Hummingfish Foundation. Ruth Klaasje, a native of the Netherlands, was a writer, learning specialist and language trainer.

Spokesperson, Minister of State Agio Pereira, noted “these wonderfully compassionate people each served Timor-Leste with such energy and kindness. At this time of loss we declare our solidarity with their families, friends and colleagues and pay tribute to the legacy of their service, a legacy that will endure for generations.”ENDS

05 August 2017

East Timor PM says state is 'ready' to become ASEAN member: Mainichi interview

East Timor -- The prime minister of East Timor, Rui Maria de Araujo, said the country is "ready to become a member," with regard to the state's aim to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in a recent interview with the Mainichi Shimbun.

Furthermore, as the prime minister reflected on the state's recent history including provisional rule under the United Nations and independence from Indonesia in 2002, he commented, "(With regard to) human rights, peace, democracy and so on... these are the things we can bring (to) the table to share our experience with other countries" -- emphasizing that despite its small size, East Timor is able to contribute to ASEAN.

However, as ASEAN marks its 50th anniversary this year, it is uncertain whether all 10 member nations will recognize East Timor's accession to the association. Full story here: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170803/p2a/00m/0na/010000c

04 August 2017

JSMP Sumáriu kazu Tribunál Distritál Dili Edisaun Maiu 2017


Sumáriu kazu Tribunál Distritál Dili Edisaun Maiu  2017

Totál kazu ne’ebé sei kontinua prosesu tuir JSMP nia monitorizasaun: 6

Deskripsaun sumáriu ba desizaun kazu sira ne’ebé JSMP monitoriza:

1.     Krime ofensa ba integridade fízika simples ho natureza violénsia doméstika

Nú. Prosesu                             : 0266/16.PDDIL  
Kompozisaun Tribunál            : Singulár
Juis                                          : Dra. Jumiaty Maria Freitas
Prokuradór                              : Dr. Nelson de Carvalho
Defeza                                     : Dr. Cancio Xavier
Tipu  pena                               : Pena prizaun fulan 8 suspende ba tinan 2 fulan 6

Iha 02 Maiu 2017, Tribunál Distritál Dili prezide julgamentu leitura sentensa ba krime ofensa ba integridade fízika simples  ne’ebé envolve arguidu  RMM hasoru nia feen, iha Distritu  Dili.

Akuzasaun hosi Prokuradór
Prokuradór akuza katak, iha 22 Agostu 2016, iha tuku 23:30 kalan, arguidu ko’a hela keramik atu nahe iha kurtu laran.  Derepente arguidu nia telefone lian no lezada mak foti telefone no feto ida mak telefone no husu kona-ba arguidu. Maibé lezada hatan katak hau la hatene no taka kedas telefone. Depois feto ne’e kontinua telefone fali no arguidu ninia-primu ida mak simu. Liutiha ida-ne’e, arguidu dehan ba lezada katak “se hau hakarak hola tan feto mós o labele mete hau-nia vida” no arguidu mós tuku kedas dala 1 iha lezada nia kabas, lori sepatu baku dala 1 iha lezada ninia kabas sorin loos, no tuku tan dala 1 iha lezada nia liman parte loos.

Prokuradór akuza arguidu kontra artigu 145 Kódigu Penál kona-ba krime ofensa ba integridade fízika simples ho nia moldura penal too tinan 3 ka multa no konjuga ho artigu 2, 3 letra (a) no artigu 35 letra (b) LKVD.

Prodúsaun ba prova
Iha julgamentu arguidu konfesa faktus hotu iha akuzasaun, deklara katak arrepende ona ninia hahalok no promete sei la kometa tan krime hanesan hasoru lezada iha futuru. Lezada mós mantein no konfirma faktus hotu iha akuzasaun, no deklara katak durante moris hamutuk arguidu sempre baku lezada. Lezada husu bebeik ona atu separa ho arguidu, maibé arguidu mak lakohi.

Alegasaun finál
Prokuradór konsidera arguidu komete duni krime tuir faktus iha akuzasaun, tanba ne’e husu ba Tribunál atu kondena arguidu tuir krime ne’ebé arguidu komete.