Santana, Konis

Letter to Comic Relief about their Arms Trade Investments

Having telephoned your office I was advised  to look at the statement on your web site regarding your investments  in the arms trade to see if my concerns re these investments have been allayed.

I am pleased to note that you are conducting an urgent review into where money raised by an innocent public is invested and that you have withdrawn the shares relating to BAE Systems until the review is completed.

However, I urge that you put out a statement confirming that you will never again invest money  with BAE Systems or any other arms company. Arms dealers are very cunning and can make investors believe that countries need weapons for the purpose of defence,  so it is okay to invest your money with them. This is of course untrue,  the decimation of countries and killing of innocent civilians is really what supporting the arms trade means.

That you then have projects in countries torn apart by war to alleviate poverty and suffering does not excuse your investing in this trade, a trade I would link to the slave trade, making money out of death and destruction, for much of the poverty and suffering has been caused directly by  weapons that have maimed, killed, destroyed infrastructure and decimated ways of life.

I have seen the devastation first hand in East Timor, a country independent since 1999, but still  struggling against a brutal occupation of 25 years by the Indonesian military, made possible  by the purchase of Hawk Jets and other weapons manufactured by BAE systems and Heckler and Koch. Many of the weapons were purchased by soft loans given to its government by our government.  It will take years to heal the scars of the  many who were maimed and had family murdered,  every family in East Timor lost at least one member of their family murdered, indeed one third of the population was killed within the first 3  years of occupation.  Villages, towns and its capital city were destroyed, infrastructure was decimated, rebuilding the country is a huge task,  adding  to the trauma the population is suffering.

This is one country, imagine the destruction, resulting in loss of life and poverty, caused by weapons manufactured by BAE systems  on a world wide scale.  Investors in the trade are in many ways saying it is fine to carry on in this way as long as we have good returns for our money.

I once more urge you to desist in supporting this trade in any way

Lidia Tindle
Santana, Konis

Timor Leste swears in larger cabinet

Posted: 09 August 2012 0108 hrs

DILI: Timor Leste's president swore in the nation's new coalition cabinet Wednesday, announcing three additional ministerial posts that the opposition has dubbed an "unnecessary" use of the poor nation's money.

President Taur Matan Ruak announced 16 ministers, three more than the former government. Six are from Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao's National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT), which leads the coalition government after winning the general election in July.

"I am satisfied with this structure. But what I ask of you all, the new ministers, is that you work efficiently. I also ask that you don't repeat the mistakes made by past ministers," Ruak said, after corruption allegations marred the former cabinet.

Fernando "Lasama" de Araujo, president of the minority Democratic Party (PD) that joined the coalition after the CNRT failed to win an absolute majority, will be deputy prime minister and minister for social welfare.

Jose Luis Guterres of minority Frente-Mudanca, another ally, was appointed foreign affairs minister.

The size of the new cabinet, with three additional ministerial posts, drew criticism, especially from the ranks of the opposition Fretilin Party, which came second to the CNRT in the July legislative elections.

Fretilin said the government's creation of new ministries was wasteful for the tiny half-island nation of just 1.1 million people, half of whom live under the international poverty line.

"This will increase spending on government ministers and vice ministers, and it's completely unnecessary for such a small country," Fretilin vice president Aresenio Babo told AFP upon seeing an earlier draft list.

"The only explanation is creating jobs for friends to satisfy coalition and individual interests."

Michael Leach of Australia's Swinburne University in Melbourne said that the Timorese would judge over the five-year term whether the spending had been in the public's interest.

"Ultimately, the public will decide if their performance justifies the extra cost, or if it's seen as a form of reward to governing party members and supporters," he said.

Timor Leste won independence from Indonesia in 2002 after a bloody 24-year occupation.

Presidential and legislative elections this year were seen as key tests of the nation's stability as UN peacekeepers plan to pull out of the once restive country by the end of the year.
Santana, Konis

Timor-Leste Elections: grave concerns with ballot papers, ballot boxes and ballot box seals emerge

*MEDIA ALERT No.1: **14:00 hours Dili 6.7.2012*

A number of grave and concerning occurrences have begun to be registered beginning last night by FRETILIN party representatives at STAE district offices and voting centres. This is based on information received from FRETILIN party representatives on the ground:

1. In Liquica district yesterday 421 ballot papers received from the STAE national office and destined for distribution to voting centres were identified to have already been perforated and/or spoiled and therefor seized and cancelled; the same occurred with 2 ballot papers in Suai and 104 in Lautem.

2. In Ermera district STAE office today FRETILIN party representatives were refused the serial number of the seals affixed to the ballot boxes by the STAE staff. Despite repeated requests they were informed that the numbers of the seals would be provided at the voting stations later when the boxes would be open.

3. In Baucau district today two sealed balot boxes destined for the Buibau voting station from the STAE District office in Baucau, arrived at the Buibau voting centre with seals with different serial numbers from the serial numbers provided to party reresentatives at the district office prior to transportation from there to the voting centre in Buibau.

4. It was also detected today that numerous voter registration cards had been delayed in their issue by STAE, but remained in Dili when they should have been delivered to the voter in question. STAE are now acting on delivering these to the districts and sub districts.

For further information please contact me on*+670 728 7080*
Santana, Konis

Dr. Mari Alkatiri: =?UTF-8?B?4oCcV29tZW4=?= and men have equal =?UTF-8?B?cmlnaHRz4oCdKg==?=

*FRETILIN Campaign: Dr. Mari Alkatiri: “Women and men have equal
rights”*

*TVTL, 30 June 2012*


This was one issue that FRETILIN Secretary General Dr. Mari Alkatiri
during a public dialogue campaign event in Atabae, Bobonaro district.

Problems with veterans, road conditions, potable water, electricity,
health, education and mini produce markets were concerns raised by the
community in the sub district of Atabae to the FRETILIN Secretary
General Mari Alkatiri during a campaign public dialogue event held on
Friday 29 June last.

Dr. Alkatiri said in the process of answering questions raised by the
people of Atabae and seeking their support in the July 7 upcoming
election, that FRETILIN would attend to these concerns people have
about their living conditions, because from the beginning FRETILIN has
been driven by one principle, To Struggle to Free the Nation and free
the people from poverty.

“In order to develop agriculture, we have to develop markets. Coming up
here I saw empty market stall buildings, and I said, no one is going to
buy from the people coming to sell their produce up here. There are
people to sell from here, people who have produce plots. If it is
people from Dili who will come to buy, then it is better for them to
come and buy from Loes down there. These are the things we have to
develop strategically, to create strategic market centers. Not to
build market stall buildings randomly which then just become shelter
for goats and pigs as they are full of right now,” Dr. Alkatiri said.

In relation to the women of the resistance, the founder of both FALINTIL
and FRETILIN Dr. Mari Alkatiri affirmed that FRETILIN will place gender
equality as a priority in order to progress the living conditions of
resistance women and widows in all aspects.

*“Men have equal rights with women, and women have equal rights with
men. There can be no discrimination. But FRETILIN also has a
responsibility because of OPMT (Timorese Peoples’ Women’s
Organization), which is a FRETILIN organization. It is not an
independent organization. I ask, why is it that only women do not have
some rights? Women also have the same rights as men. OPMT from 1975 do
not receive pensions. That is unjust. That is wrong. They are
entitled to a pension too. If they participated in the struggle, they
have a right to a pension,” Declared Mari Alkatiri.*

The next scheduled rally will be held in Liquica district.
Santana, Konis

FRETILIN campaign door to door distributing flowers for peace and solidarity

FRETILIN campaign door to door distributing flowers for peace and solidarity (Portuguese language report)
To: Peter Murphy <pmurphy@search.org.au>


FRETILIN is unprecedented campaign and distributes flowers to voters in Dili

The Revolutionary Front of Independent East Timor (FRETILIN) distributed today in an unprecedented initiative in the campaign for the law of 07 July, hundreds of flowers for several neighborhoods in Dili.

Campaigning door to door through the neighborhoods of Dili, the Secretary General of Fretilin, Mari Alkatiri, distributed flowers and spoke to hundreds of voters.

From home to home, in shops and even on the street, the East Timorese stopped, greeted Mari Alkatiri, spoke of the elections and followed a path with flower in her hand.

In addition to the Secretary General of FRETILIN, also the party president, Francisco Guterres Lu Olo, distributed flowers to voters regardless of party preference.

"We also sent brigades in all districts to work, particularly in rural areas, and continuously in an effort to detect electoral anomalies and irregularities to report in due course," said Mari Alkatiri.
Santana, Konis

CNRT illegal donations

GOPAC   (Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption)
TIMOR-LESTE Rua De Nu Laran-20 Bairro dos Grillos-Dili
Telephone: (670) 331-3457 ext: 107 (Hugo Fernandes)



PRESS RELEASE

The Global Organisation of Parliamentarians against Corruption (GOPAC)
in Timor-Leste has called for an urgent investigation into reports
that CNRT, the political party headed by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão,
has recently raised at least $2.65 million in political donations –
much of it in apparent violation of Timorese law.

Newspaper reports this week have detailed a long list companies and
individuals which reportedly pledged donations at a fund raising event
hosted by Mr Gusmão. The biggest donations are said to have been made
by companies that have in recent years won major government
construction contracts. These companies include Jonize (which
reportedly donated $250,000 donation), BTK ($250,000), Marabian
($250,000), Tinolina ($200,000) and Montana Diak ($200,000). Donations
are reported to have also been received from a number of foreign
companies, including $200,000 from Puri Akraya Engineering, an
Indonesian company that in 2010 won a $406 million contract to build
the Hera power plant – the biggest contract in Timor-Leste’s history.

If the reports are correct, these donations would appear to be illegal:

·         Political parties are prohibited from receiving donations
from companies: Article 22(a) of Law 03/2004 on Political Parties; and
Article 4 of the Legal regime for the Financing of Political Parties,
6/2008.

·         Political parties are prohibited from receiving donations
from foreign companies or individuals: Article 22(g) of Law 03/2004 on
Political Parties; and Article 4 of the Legal Regime for the Financing
of Political Parties, 6/2008.

·         While donations from “national individuals” are permitted,
contributions exceeding $1000 must be certified by bank cheque – to
ensure the contribution is from an individual, not a company: Article
9 of the Legal regime for the Financing of Political Parties, 6/2008.

·         Leaders of political parties, individuals or managers of
corporations who breach these rules face a penalty of six months to
two years imprisonment or a fine of $500 to $5000: Article 23 of the
Legal regime for the Financing of Political Parties, 6/2008.

·         In addition, Timor-Leste has ratified the United Nations
Convention against Corruption, which requires countries to take steps
to enhance transparency of political party funding and to prevent
conflicts of interest. Article 9 of the Constitution makes such
treaties part of Timorese law.

GOPAC has today requested these reported donations be investigated by
the Anti-Corruption Commission (CAC), Prosecutor-General (PG) and the
National Election Commission (CNE). CAC or the PG should also make an
application to the court to freeze CNRT’s bank accounts while the
investigation takes place.

“These reported donations appear to be a clear breach of laws that the
current government introduced to prevent corruption,” said GOPAC chair
Fernanda Borges. “Unlawful donations to political parties pose a
serious threat to the democracy we have fought so hard to protect. As
we prepare to celebrate 10 years as an independent nation, it is
crucial that the law is upheld and that these claims are
investigated.”

Fernanda Borges (Tel: +670 733 0744)
              Thursday 17 May 2012
Chair, GOPAC Timor Leste
Parliamentary Leader, Partido Unidade Nacional
Santana, Konis

Taur Matan Ruak wins Presidency

STAE 17/04/2012 11:30am

Final Provisional Results:

Francisco Guterres “Lú-Olo” – 38,77% (174,386)
Taur Matan Ruak – 61, 23% (275,441)
630 Polling Centres counted

Turnout: 73, 12% (458,703 votes)
Abstention: 26, 88% (168,592 votes)
Total registered voters for the 2nd Round: 627, 295.


Santana, Konis

Open Letter to President Obama from West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) and East Timor and Indonesia Act

(ETAN)For Immediate Release

Contact: John M. Miller, +1-718-596-7668; mobile: +1-917-690-4391,
john@etan.org

Ed McWilliams, +1-575-648-2078, edmcw@msn.com


President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500

November 15, 2011

Dear President Obama,

President Obama meets with President Yudhoyono at the Istana Merdeka
State Palace Complex in Jakarta, Nov. 9, 2010. (Official White House
Photo by Pete Souza)

We urge you to seize the opportunity of your imminent return to
Indonesia to consider the challenges and opportunities posed by the
U.S.-Indonesia relationship more realistically than you have up to
now. Your Administration urgently needs a policy that addresses the
problems created by the Indonesian security forces' escalating
violations of human rights and criminality and its failure to submit to
civilian control. The recent 20th anniversary of the 1991 Santa Cruz
massacre in Dili. East Timor (Timor-Leste), when hundreds of peaceful
protesters were massacred by Indonesian troops wielding U.S. supplied
weapons, reminds us that a lack of accountability for past crimes -- in
Timor-Leste and throughout the archipelago -- keeps those affected from
moving on with their lives, while contributing to impunity in the
present.

Indonesian military and police forces continue to operate without any
accountability before the law. Only in rare instances are individual
personnel brought before military tribunals for crimes against
civilians, often because of international pressure. Prosecution is
woefully inadequate and sentencing, in the rare instance of conviction,
is not commensurate with the crime.

Indonesia's security forces, including the Kopassus special forces and
U.S.-funded and -trained Detachment (Densus) 88, continue to employ
against civilians weaponry supplied by the U.S. and to use tactics
developed as result of U.S. training. In West Papua, these security
forces have repeatedly attacked civilians, most recently participants
in the October 16-19 Congress and striking workers at theFreeport
McMoRan mine. Those assaulted were peacefully asserting their right to
assemble and freedom of speech. At the Congress, combined forces,
including regular military units, Kopassus, the militarized police
(Brimob) and Detachment 88, killed at least five civilians, beat scores
more, and were responsible for the disappearance of others.

Moreover, in the central highlands of West Papua, these same forces
regularly conduct so called "sweeping operations," purportedly in
search of the very small armed Papuan resistance. These operations have
led to the deaths of many innocent civilians and driven thousands from
their village into forests where they face life threatening conditions
due to inadequate access to shelter, food and medical care.

Indonesian military and police forces continue to operate without any
accountability before the law. Only in rare instances are individual
personnel brought before military tribunals for crimes against
civilians, often because of international pressure. Prosecution is
woefully inadequate and sentencing, in the rare instance of conviction,
is not commensurate with the crime. Several videoed incidents of
military torture of civilians -- widely discussed during your November
2010 visit to Indonesia -- concluded in just such failures of justice.
The concept of command responsibility is rarely considered in the
military tribunals.

International monitoring of these developments in West Papua is
severely hampered by Indonesian government restrictions on access to
and travel within West Papua by foreign journalists, diplomats,
researchers, and human rights and humanitarian officials. The
International Committee of the Red Cross remains barred from operating
an office in West Papua. Indonesian journalists and human rights
officials face threats and worse when they try to monitor developments
there.

Elsewhere in Indonesia, too many times security forces have stood by or
actively assisted in attacks on minority religions, including deadly
attacks on Ahmadiyah followers.

The Indonesian security forces -- especially the military -- are
largely unreformed: it has failed to fully divest itself of its
business empire, its remains unaccountable before the law, and
continues to violate human rights. These forces constitute a grave
threat to the continued development of Indonesian democracy. The
upcoming national elections in Indonesia present a particularly urgent
challenge. The Indonesian military is in position to pervert the
democratic process as it has in the past. The military has frequently
provoked violence at politically sensitive times, such as in 1998 when
it kidnapped tortured and murdered democratic activists. For many
years it has relied on its unit commanders, active at the District,
sub-District and even village level to influence the selection of party
candidates and the elections themselves. The territorial command system
is still in place. In the past, U.S. restrictions and conditions on
security assistance have resulted in real rights improvements in
Indonesia. Your Administration should learn from this history.

Given this threat to democracy and to individuals posed by Indonesian
forces, it is essential that the U.S. employ the significant leverage
that comes from Indonesia's desire for U.S. security assistance and
training to insist on real reforms of Indonesian security forces.
Rhetorical calls for reforms are clearly insufficient. These
exhortations have manifestly not worked and readily brushed aside.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's recent expression of
"concerns about the violence and the abuse of human rights" in Papua
were dismissed by a spokesperson for Indonesia's President Susilo
Bambang Yudhoyono , who called the escalating rights violations "only
isolated incidents."

In the past, U.S. restrictions and conditions on security assistance
have resulted in real rights improvements in Indonesia. Your
Administration should learn from this history and quickly suspend
training for those units whose human rights records and impunity are
especially egregious, as required by the Leahy law. We specifically
urge you to end plans to re-engage with Kopassus and to end assistance
to Detachment 88. These actions would demonstrate U.S. Government
seriousness in pursuit of real reforms of the security forces in
Indonesia.

Sincerely,

Ed McWilliams for WPAT


John M. Miller for ETAN

see also
On 20th Anniversary of Timor Massacre, Rights Network Urges Justice,
ETAN Says U.S. and UN Must Act (November 12, 2011) Statement of East
Timor and Indonesia Action Network on President Obama's Visit to
Indonesia (November 5, 2010) West Papua Advocacy Team: Open Letter to
President Obama on The Eve of His Visit to Indonesia (November 4) ETAN:
Open Letter to President Barack Obama on His 2010 Visit to Indonesia
(March 18, 2010)

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Santana, Konis

Amnesty statement on 20th anversary Santa Cruz massacre

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
PUBLIC STATEMENT

12 November 2011
Index: ASA 57/004/2011


Timor-Leste: Santa Cruz massacre - still waiting for justice
20 years later


Amnesty International calls on the governments of
Timor-Leste and Indonesia to provide justice for
the victims of the Santa Cruz massacre which took
place 20 years ago in Dili, the capital. On the
morning of 12 November 1991 the Indonesian
security forces violently suppressed a peaceful
procession of some 3,000 Timorese people to the Santa Cruz cemetery in Dili.

Both governments must investigate and bring to
justice all those responsible for unlawful
killings, enforced disappearances, excessive use
of force and other human rights violations during the peaceful demonstration.

The continued failure _ twenty years later _–
to hold all the perpetrators to account
highlights a wider problem of impunity for crimes
under international law and other human rights
violations committed during the Indonesian
occupation of Timor-Leste (then East Timor) between 1975 and 1999.

Many of the Timorese had attended an early
morning memorial for Sebastião Gomes Rangel, who
had reportedly been killed by Indonesian security
forces on 28 October 1991. As the procession made
its way to the cemetery, pro-independence banners
and flags were raised. Minutes after the crowd
arrived at the cemetery, the security forces
opened fire. No warning was given.

According to eyewitness accounts obtained by
Amnesty International immediately after the
massacre, some soldiers fired into the air but
others levelled their weapons at the crowd. The
cemetery walls and the large crowd made it
difficult to escape, but the shooting continued
even as people tried to flee. Some were believed
to have been shot in the back while running away.
Many of the demonstrators were shot and killed,
or otherwise injured. Hundreds of people were
said to have been badly injured during the incident.

In a report released in 1994, the UN Special
Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary
executions found that members of the Indonesian
military were responsible for killings during the
event and that the response was “a planned
military operation designed to deal with a public
expression of political dissent in a way not in
accordance with international human rights standards”.

The precise numbers of those killed, disappeared
and injured during the massacre and in the
immediate aftermath remains unknown, although it
is estimated that over 200 people were killed or
disappeared and around 400 wounded. Two decades
later, calls for justice have yet to be fulfilled
and attempts to hold the perpetrators to account have been weak.

In 2001, the Timorese government set up the
Commission for Reception, Truth and
Reconciliation in East Timor (Comissão de
Acolhimento, Verdade e Reconciliação, CAVR),
mandated to inquire into and establish the truth
regarding human rights violations which occurred
between 1974 and 1999. In 2005 the Commission
published its report, which recommended the
investigation and prosecution of those suspected
of serious crimes under international law
committed from 1975-1999, including the Santa
Cruz massacre. According to the Commission,
despite evidence of the direct involvement of 72
military officers, to date only 10 have been
tried and sentenced by military courts to between
eight and 18 months' imprisonment. The Commission
further recommended steps to establish the
whereabouts and fate of the disappeared and reparation for victims.

Amnesty International urges the Timorese and
Indonesian authorities to initiate promptly an
independent, impartial and effective
investigation into the events at the Santa Cruz
cemetery on 12 November 1991. This investigation
should be within the framework of a wider
investigation into serious crimes committed
during 1975-1999. The Timorese and Indonesian
authorities should also bring the perpetrators to
justice in fair trials without the death penalty
and ensure that victims receive full reparation.

The vast majority of those accused of human
rights violations are believed to have been given
safe haven in Indonesia, and Amnesty
International urges the Indonesian authorities to
co-operate fully with investigations and
prosecutions of persons accused of crimes in
Timor-Leste between 1975 and 1999, including by
entering into extradition and mutual legal
assistance agreements with Timor-Leste.

Amnesty International also reiterates its call to
the United Nations Security Council to take
immediate steps to establish a long-term
comprehensive plan to end impunity for these
crimes. As part of that plan, the Security
Council should establish an international
criminal tribunal with jurisdiction over all
crimes under international law committed in Timor-Leste between 1975 and 1999.

In 2005, a UN Commission of Experts recommended
that the Security Council adopt a resolution
under Chapter VII of the UN Charter to create an
ad hoc international criminal tribunal for
Timor-Leste if genuine steps have not been taken
towards holding to account those responsible for
crimes against humanity and war crimes in
Timor-Leste. Six years later, such steps have still not been taken.

Amnesty International further calls on the
Government of Timor-Leste to implement the
recommendation of the CAVR to establish a public
register of missing persons and those killed
between 1975 and 1999 and to undertake jointly
with the Indonesian government a systematic
inquiry to establish the whereabouts and fate of those who went missing.

Amnesty International also calls on the
Timor-Leste and Indonesian governments to ratify
the International Convention for the Protection
of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance at the
earliest opportunity, incorporate its provisions
into domestic law, and implement it in policy and practice.