Monthly Archives: January 2010

Little Joao breathing easy, now off home

Canberra Times (Australia)

January 31, 2010 Sunday

Little Joao breathing easy, now off home

NATASHA RUDRA

LITTLE Joao De Almeida is going home to East Timor and can look
forward to a special first birthday on February 19.

Joao almost didn’t make it. He had a growing cyst which pressed
against his windpipe, choking the breath in his lungs.

Mum Floriana De Olivera took him to Dili for treatment but doctors
couldn’t diagnose what was wrong or operate on him.

But the Rotary Club stepped in, paying for Joao and Floriana to come
to the ACT for a life-saving operation at Canberra Hospital.

The Canberra Times told Joao’s story on Boxing Day, soon after the
successful operation to remove the cyst. Since then the curly- haired
little boy has recovered and had another smaller operation in Sydney
to remove a kidney stone.

Ms De Olivera and Joao celebrated with a barbecue at Black Mountain
Reserve yesterday with supporters from Rotary and the Canberra
Friends of Dili Club.

They will fly home today.

The pair has stayed with supporters, including East Timorese student
Aderito Soares and his partner, Christine Kearney.

With Mr Soares translating, Ms De Olivera said she had spent her
first fortnight in Canberra worrying and filled with uncertainty.

“On the day of operation I was just nervous and very, very sad. I
still didn’t know what was happening and I was so relieved and very,
very happy afterwards,” she said.

For more information on the Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children
Program, go to romac.org.au

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Support ETAN! Read what Noam Chomsky says about ETAN:
http://www.etan.org/etan/2010app.htm

John M. Miller, National Coordinator
East Timor& Indonesia Action Network (ETAN)
PO Box 21873, Brooklyn, NY 11202-1873 USA
Phone: +1-718-596-7668 Mobile phone: +1-917-690-4391
Email john@etan.org Skype: john.m.miller

Web site: http://www.etan.org

Send a blank e-mail message to info@etan.org to find out how to
learn more about East Timor on the Internet

PRESS RELEASE: 5000 Facebookers Demand Compensation for Timor Sea Pollution

YAYASAN PEDULI TIMOR BARAT

(West Timor Care Foundation)
Jalan Perwira 33
Kupang-Timor Barat 85228
Fax :+62 380 820 374
Email:Westtimorcarefoundation@yahoo.com.au
westtimorcarefoundation@gmail.co

ABOUT 5000 FACE BOOKERS DEMANDED SETTLEMENT POLLUTION

Timor Sea pollution problems due to in West Atlas oil well explotion
of oil and gas fields Montara on August 21, 2009 and is continually
voiced incessantly kept by the Chairman of the West Timor Care
Foundation (YPTB) Ferdi Tanoni not only gained recognition and
support of various printed media and electronically nationally and
internationally, environmentalists, geologists, oil and gas experts,
politicians, religious leaders and practitioners of law but the
movement made by the author of the Timor Sea Scandal A
Canberra-Jakarta political and economic Barter has receive widespread
support among the community through face book and twitters.About 5000
consists of various elements of society at home and abroad ranging
from housewives, students,politicians, artists, teacher, lecturer,
judges, prosecutors, police, military, journalists, government and
private sector employees to pilot planes and demanding settlement of
the Timor Sea pollution due to the Montara oil well explosion on
August 21 2009.Mosty face bookers created by Amalo Gentry said, the
idea of struggle for the settlement of crude oil pollution in the
Timor Sea, because the Indonesian government considered not doing
anything in dealing with these issues. Has nearly 5,000 face Booker
supports the movement, and asked the Australian government and the
Montara oil field operators to immediately provide compensation
(indemnity) to the fishermen and seaweed farmers in the western part
of Timor and surrounding islands affected by the pollution. YPTB
Chairman who is also the Timor Sea watchdog Ferdi Tanoni said when a
reporter contacted via cell phone, saying thanks to the face bookers
and added that the settlement movement supported the struggle of oil
pollution in the Timor Sea is not only coming from the face bookers
in Indonesia initiated Booker Gentry Amalo and friends, but also
through the initiative Twitters Senator Rachel Siewert from Australia
with the title “Commission of Inquiry formed by the Federal
Government of Australia also need to Investigate Indonesian waters”

“The form of support is remarkable, because it came from
Australia itself also because the issues such as environmental
pollution is a matter of universal attention” said Tanoni.

In his observations, said the former Immigration Agent of the
Australian Embassy, almost all face bookers criticized the Indonesian
government’s too slow in dealing with these problems,and was
impressed not to care with the oil pollution occurred in the Timor Sea.

The face bookers in Indonesia also criticized the Australian
Federal Government deliberately ignoring the problem of oil pollution
in the Timor Sea and demanded that the state government should be
responsible.

According to Tanoni, who spent 10 years living in Sydney
Australia that Jakarta and Canberra have had to realize that today’s
world completely transparent so the problem that occurred in the
Timor Sea today, is impossible to be covered up any longer.

“The message from the face bookers is the warning to the
authorities that if there are things the community feels about the
ufairness existence and discriminatory action against any individual
or group of people in this world will be expressed in various ways as
a form of channeling a community positive aspirations,” he said .

So far, he added, Jakarta and Canberra still continue to cover
the explosion disaster in oil and gas fields of Montara that spewed
crude oil,condensate and gas into the Timor Sea about 500,000 liters
per day for about 80 days.

Tanoni said, governments of both countries should immediately
conduct an intensive study of the economic and ecological losses
incurred by providing full compensation for the community in both
countries and cleaning up Timor Sea.

Kupang, January 31, 2010

West Timor Care Foundation

Leo

East Timor Declares War on Leprosy

Voice of America

East Timor Declares War on Leprosy

Chad Bouchard | Dili 30 January 2010

East Timor is one of the few remaining countries where leprosy is
endemic, and one of only two in Asia where it has yet to be
eliminated. The government has declared war on leprosy, and vows to
eliminate it this year.

Florindo di Silva started feeling pain in his eyes four years ago.
The 60-year-old father of six says he went to a doctor in the East
Timor capital, Dili, but no treatment was available. The disease that
caused di Silva to lose vision, and his hands and toes to go numb –
turned out to be leprosy.

He says he can walk a little bit, he can chop wood, but it hurts.
Right now, his hands cannot do anything. Di Silva says his eyes and
head hurt every day, and he is not strong enough to cut coconuts with a
knife.

According to the World Health Organization, di Silva is one of about
1,300 new cases of leprosy that have been detected in East Timor since
2004.

Health officials say the number of undocumented people living with
disabilities caused by leprosy is likely three times higher.

Some progress has been made. In 2004, the overall ratio of infection
was 4.7 per 10,000 people. In 2009, that fell to 1.3 per 10,000.

The decline is due in large part to a program that blanketed the
country with hundreds of health ministry staff members able to
diagnose and manage the disease.

One of those health workers, Jose Pereira, works at a clinic where he
monitors di Silva and about 12 other patients with leprosy.

Pereira says if his patients do not come to the clinic to get
medicine, he goes to their houses in the villages to give them
medicine. But, he says, they often ask for food, and he does not have
any to give, and it is very difficult.

Leprosy is relatively easy to treat with a cocktail of antibacterial
drugs known as multidrug therapy. After taking the medicine for one
month, patients are no longer contagious, and damage from the disease
stops for good after a few months.

Poverty – a key challenge

But poverty is a key barrier to eliminating the disease. Natalie
Smith, the country leader for the Leprosy Mission in East Timor, says
the bacteria that causes the disease is endemic here, and flourishes
in a population that is largely isolated, malnourished and living in
unsanitary conditions.

“It really thrives where there’s poverty, poor sanitation, poor diet
and poor hygiene and those sort of contribute to affect the people
living in that environment’s immune system, so when their immune
system is compromised, they’re more susceptible to catching leprosy,”
said Smith.

In rural East Timor, where about three quarters of the country’s 1.1
million residents live, diagnosing patients and ensuring treatment
remains a challenge. Smith says failing to identify the disease and
treat it perpetuates a crushing cycle of poverty.

“I think it needs to be a priority because of the disability that it
produces. And there’s been a lot of studies on the burden of
disability now and the fact that if people with disabilities are
assisted and helped they can actually add to a country’s economic
viability rather than economic demise. But the longer we delay in
treating someone, the more likely they’re going to get nerve damage
and that’s going to lead to long-term disability,” she said.

Leprosy campaign

The government has vowed to eliminate the disease this year. The head
of East Timor’s Leprosy Program at the Ministry of Health, Jose Liu
Fernandes, says to do that, the government has begun a radio and
television campaign about the disease and how to prevent it.

He says East Timorese do not yet know enough about the disease, so
they are surprised when they contract it. Fernandes says they need to
teach people that if they start feeling numbness in their hands, it
could be leprosy.

In many countries, people with leprosy are shunned and face a
lifetime of isolation.

But Salvador Amaral, with the World Health Organization, says there
is no such stigma in East Timor. Salvador says traditionally here,
leprosy is not considered to be a disease, but a result of eating
certain foods, like fish, or a curse from God.

Back in the outskirts of Dili, 22-year-old Joao Godinho Sarmento
recounts how he started noticing light patches on his arms six years
ago. It turned out to be early signs of leprosy. Doctors caught the
disease before it caused serious disability.

Sarmento says his life is pretty normal. He does not have problems at
school, and no one considers him to be different or disabled. He
hopes other people who have this disease can realize they are not
different from anyone else.

Sarmento studies mathematics at the national university, and hopes to
become a teacher or an engineer.

http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/health/East-Timor-Declares-War-on-Leprosy-83164277.html

Ramos-Horta launches official website of the Presidency of the Republic of Timor-Leste

Dear Raul and all,

Remember seeing the film ‘The Diplomat’ in Newcastle, England, with
my Timorese, & English family, also solidarity & supporters of Timor
Leste. Most were shocked by the films ethos, which seemed to be
Ramos-Horta talking about how he had gained independence single
handily (it was apparent from the talk they gave afterwards that my
Timorese family were pretty upset by the film). Don’t have much believe
in his humbleness, (perhaps a long time ago)

Was present at Tasi Tola in 2002 for independence celebrations, when
Ramos-Horta gave his talk, which mainly seemed to be thanking people
who had supported the occupation and supplied weapons to Indonesian.
Was also present when he talked to the Internally Displaced people from
the IDP camp outside Nicolas Lobato Airport in 2006, a couple of days
before the talk Ramos-Horta had been met by a delegation of people from
the camp on his return to Dili, who were concerned about the way the ADF
were behaving. Ramos-Horta seemed to be blaming the displaced people for
the bad behaviour of the ADF.

Wasn’t really impressed by either talk, nor was I impressed when he
stated that America had the right to bomb Iraq- that comment
distressed a lot of people, he has now referred to Obama’s wisdom
in invading Afghanistan, indeed in increasing the number of troops out
there, – something about deterring terrorists- not sure how that works
but wonder how either Obama or Horta got the Noble Peace Prize,
perhaps the criteria includes bombing or supporting the bombing of
civilians. There have been no terrorist attacks from anyone in
Afghanistan in Britain, Europe or America – as for the Taliban they
were put there and supported by America, as were Saddam’s and Suharto’s
regimes – should also be noted that one mans terrorist is another mans
freedom fighter.

When Ramos-Horta was questioned about his comments on Iraq he replied he
was a diplomat, think that means you say one thing to one set of
people and something else to another, then usually do what’s best for
you.

A Timorese friend said this was the role of a diplomat, guess its
also the role of politicians, one of Obama’s pledges before election was
that he would change America’s foreign policy – he’d only been in
office awhile before America started bombing Pakistan, then left Iraq
to invade Afghanistan – course our hypocritical lot Blair and Brown
don’t like to be left out – Blair joined the invasion on Iraq
against the will of the British people, he’s now facing an enquiry on
how he lied about weapons of mass destruction to make the invasion seem
more acceptable, and Brown not to be outdone is supporting Obama in his
quest to continue the conquest of the world, while lying about how the
bombing of civilians is going to make the world a safer place.

Guess what I’m saying Raul is, think its necessary to have a good
opposition party (which I think Timor-Leste has, can’t say the same for
Britain or America the only parties that can get in have so little
difference many people find little point in voting – voting systems
here are rigged against green/socialist parties in favour of parties
that support capitalism) so don’t just mean parliamentary opposition,
but mean people who will remind Presidents and politicians of their
promises, however take your point that maybe what happened in February
2008 has something to do with Ramos-Horta’s reluctance to rock the
boat.

Lidia

Begin forwarded message:

Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 23:15:43 -0800 (PST)
From: Raul Mousaco <caicoli32@yahoo.com.au >
To: ETAN <fbp@igc.org >, Timor Leste <east-timor@lists.riseup.net >,
Fretilin Media <fretilin.media@gmail.com >, Fretilin group
<fretilin@yahoogroups.com >, Filomena Almeida
<filomena_dealmeida@yahoo.com.au >, Olimpio Branco
<l_pitine@yahoo.com.br >, Damien Kingsbury
<damien.kingsbury@deakin.edu.au >, Charles Scheiner
<charlie@laohamutuk.org >, Clinton Fernandes
<c.Fernandes@adfa.edu.au >, sophia cason <hsophia@hotmail.com > Subject:
Re: Ramos-Horta launches official website of the Presidency of the
Republic of Timor-Leste

Dear all
LET YOURSELF BE HYPOCRITICAL, MR PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC

Fátima Robalo – Timor Hau Nian Doben 20 January 2010

The President of the Republic, José Ramos-Horta has just launched the
Internet site of the Presidency of the Republic of Timor-Leste, a site
interesting that comes the time to learn more precisely what and does
the President for the country and for the Timorese.

In their first words for that site, the President of the Republic is
humble in writing, but it was clear that way as defined. In English,
says “above all, as the President of the poor and the weak.”

I would like to be able to understand what Dr. Ramos-Horta mean
“President of the poor and the weak.” Not what we have seen. Mr
President has protected those who systematically misled us, this case
the current Government. Mr President does not refer, never for damage
caused by AMP Government to the country and especially to our poor and
weak brothers Timorese. No doubt corruption, collusion and the nepotism
that scandalously is noticed and commented on by all of us, is cause
for more difficulties to the poorest and weakest. For the simple reason
that it should be for the satisfaction of all the most needy but simply
goes to the pockets or to the bank accounts and superb expenses by the
elected members that occupy the seats of power in the country. Today we
read news, President of Indonesia call on attention to Mr Xanana
Gusmão. And he said simply spending in Indonesia, in Bali, but in other
places known of immorality of the misuse of the public funds made by
Ministers and other elected individuals so- called parliamentary
majority. In reality what did the President of the Republic? Who saw
him taking an unequivocal position on the immoralities practised by
Government about KKN? Nobody saw, because the President never willing
to deal it with truth and firmness. Talk about corruption, yes, Mr
President, but covers only employees and entrepreneurs of little
importance and whose responsibility in large KKN is virtually zero. The
President is deceiving the Timorese to say what it says on the defender
and protector of the poor and the weak. Unless you consider charity as
an adequate protection.

The attitude of the President of the Republic, Dr. Ramos-Horta, in its
first words on the site of the Presidency of the Republic, is
absolutely hypocrisy. I am aware of that and I hope that the President
meditate on these words of a sincere Timorese teacher who need
absolutely had to depart from the country but is relatively close to
visit and visit family and friends.

José Ramos-Horta is also my President, I had voted for him. For this
reason I should listen and observe what they promised when was
candidate to Presidency. By the fact promised to be the President of
the poor and the helpless, but apart from a few crumbs which offers
nothing more you see of its electoral promises.

Mr President of the Republic do you feel scare of Mr Gusmão? Afraid
from someone can hurt you again badly, as on 11 February 2008? And you
know who the head of 11 February was? You know, we all know. For this
reason does not expose and uses words hypocrites? Do you feel fear?
Since then is preferable that the President does not say words
hypocritical as chose to open the official site of the Presidency. It
is preferable to speak of events such as the bicycle Tour, the
international fishing event, things futile. Like Américo Thomaz did,
President of the Portuguese Colonial Government, for example. About the
site, excluding the opening remarks with which Mr President managed to
outrage us, their existence comes well and without doubt gets more and
better information about the Presidency, if not used for manipulating
and misleading advertising. Congratulations, it was a good
initiative.We awaits the loyalty that Mr President José Ramos-Horta
assured and is not fulfilling. It there is always time to regret since
that at the appropriated time to remedy the injustice that all days
fall on the poor and weak. It is the vast majority of Timorese.

— On Wed, 20/1/10, ETAN <fbp@igc.org > wrote:

From: ETAN <fbp@igc.org >
Subject: Ramos-Horta launches official website of the Presidency of the
Republic of Timor-Leste To: east-timor@lists.riseup.net
Received: Wednesday, 20 January, 2010, 1:17 AM

P R E S S R E L E A S E

Dr. José Ramos-Horta launches official website
of the Presidency of the Republic of Timor-Leste

The official website of the Presidency of the Democratic Republic of
Timor-Leste was launched today by the Head of State, Dr. Ramos-Horta,
on the occasion of the New Year’s reception for the Diplomatic Corps
accredited to Dili.

In its inaugural English version, this new website of the
Presidency of RDTL can be found at the domain
http://www.presidency.tl . The
Portuguese version will be launched under
http://www.presidencia.tl .

It is a dual website, the first containing the information on the
Presidency. The second consists of the President José-Ramos-Horta’s
website, working on three different platforms.

In total, beside the hundreds of text and image pages which fill up the
content, dozens of screens for videos and photographs are available,
with different presentations enlivened by soundtracks.

Dr. Ramos-Horta delivered a speech based on the theme “Timor-Leste:
Peace after the tempest, the upcoming years”, available online at the
Presidency’s website.

The ceremony took place at the Salão Nobre República Popular da China
at the Presidential Palace Nicolau Lobato, with the presence of more
than 150 individualities, mostly diplomats.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for
Timor-Leste, Ameerah Haq, and relevant personalities from
the organization, UNPOL’s Commissioner, Luís Carrilho,
elements of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), and
administration officers from institutions and companies
operating in the country also took part in the event.

The Commander in Chief of FALINTIL-FDTL, Major General Taur
Matan Ruak, and PNTL’s General Commander, Dr. Longuinhos
Monteiro, also participated.

PPR – Dili, JAN 19th, 2010

—–Inline Attachment Follows—–

LET YOURSELF BE HYPOCRITICAL, MR PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC

Fátima Robalo – Timor Hau Nian Doben 20 January 2010

The President of the Republic, José Ramos-Horta has just launched the
Internet site of the Presidency of the Republic of Timor-Leste, a site
interesting that comes the time to learn more precisely what and does
the President for the country and for the Timorese.

In their first words for that site, the President of the Republic is
humble in writing, but it was clear that way as defined. In English,
says “above all, as the President of the poor and the weak.”

I would like to be able to understand what Dr. Ramos-Horta mean
“President of the poor and the weak.” Not what we have seen. Mr
President has protected those who systematically misled us, this case
the current Government. Mr President does not refer, never for damage
caused by AMP Government to the country and especially to our poor and
weak brothers Timorese. No doubt corruption, collusion and the nepotism
that scandalously is noticed and commented on by all of us, is cause for
more difficulties to the poorest and weakest. For the simple reason that
it should be for the satisfaction of all the most needy but simply goes
to the pockets or to the bank accounts and superb expenses by the
elected members that occupy the seats of power in the country. Today we
read news, President of Indonesia call on attention to Mr Xanana Gusmão.
And he said simply spending in Indonesia, in Bali, but in other places
known of immorality of the misuse of the public funds made by Ministers
and other elected individuals so- called parliamentary majority.

In reality what did the President of the Republic? Who saw him taking
an unequivocal position on the immoralities practised by Government
about KKN? Nobody saw, because the President never willing to deal it
with truth and firmness. Talk about corruption, yes, Mr President, but
covers only employees and entrepreneurs of little importance and whose
responsibility in large KKN is virtually zero. The President is
deceiving the Timorese to say what it says on the defender and protector
of the poor and the weak. Unless you consider charity as an adequate
protection.

The attitude of the President of the Republic, Dr. Ramos-Horta, in its
first words on the site of the Presidency of the Republic, is absolutely
hypocrisy. I am aware of that and I hope that the President meditate on
these words of a sincere Timorese teacher who need absolutely had to
depart from the country but is relatively close to visit and visit
family and friends.

José Ramos-Horta is also my President, I had voted for him. For this
reason I should listen and observe what they promised when was candidate
to Presidency. By the fact promised to be the President of the poor and
the helpless, but apart from a few crumbs which offers nothing more you
see of its electoral promises.

Mr President of the Republic do you feel scare of Mr Gusmão? Afraid from
someone can hurt you again badly, as on 11 February 2008? And you know
who the head of 11 February was? You know, we all know. For this reason
does not expose and uses words hypocrites? Do you feel fear? Since then
is preferable that the President does not say words hypocritical as
chose to open the official site of the Presidency. It is preferable to
speak of events such as the bicycle Tour, the international fishing
event, things futile. Like Américo Thomaz did, President of the
Portuguese Colonial Government, for example.

About the site, excluding the opening remarks with which Mr President
managed to outrage us, their existence comes well and without doubt gets
more and better information about the Presidency, if not used for
manipulating and misleading advertising.
Congratulations, it was a good initiative.We awaits the loyalty that Mr
President José Ramos-Horta assured and is not fulfilling. It there is
always time to regret since that at the appropriated time to remedy the
injustice that all days fall on the poor and weak. It is the vast
majority of Timorese.

— On Wed, 20/1/10, ETAN <fbp@igc.org > wrote:

P R E S S R E L E A S E

Dr. José Ramos-Horta launches official website
of the Presidency of the Republic of Timor-Leste

The official website of the Presidency of the Democratic
Republic of Timor-Leste was launched today by the Head of State,
Dr. Ramos-Horta, on the occasion of the New Year’s reception for
the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Dili.

In its inaugural English version, this new website
of the Presidency of RDTL can be found at the domain
http://www.presidency.tl . The Portuguese
version will be launched under
http://www.presidencia.tl .

It is a dual website, the first containing the information on
the Presidency. The second consists of the President
José-Ramos-Horta’s website, working on three different
platforms.

In total, beside the hundreds of text and image pages which fill
up the content, dozens of screens for videos and photographs are
available, with different presentations enlivened by
soundtracks.

Dr. Ramos-Horta delivered a speech based on the theme
“Timor-Leste: Peace after the tempest, the upcoming years”,
available online at the Presidency’s website.

The ceremony took place at the Salão Nobre República Popular da
China at the Presidential Palace Nicolau Lobato, with the
presence of more than 150 individualities, mostly diplomats.

The Special Representative of the UN
Secretary-General for Timor-Leste, Ameerah Haq, and relevant
personalities from the organization, UNPOL’s Commissioner, Luís
Carrilho, elements of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), and
administration officers from institutions and companies
operating in the country also took part in the event.

The Commander in Chief of FALINTIL-FDTL, Major
General Taur Matan Ruak, and PNTL’s General Commander, Dr.
Longuinhos Monteiro, also participated.

PPR – Dili, JAN 19th, 2010

FRETILIN.Media Release: Timor President silent after witnessing police bashing during international

FRETILIN.Media

MEDIA RELEASE

Dili, 30 January 2009

*Timor President silent after witnessing police bashing during
international fishing competition*

* *

FRETILIN MP, member of the parliamentary defence, security and foreign
affairs committee and former government minister Jose Teixeira today
questioned why President Jose Ramos-Horta said and did nothing after
witnessing an unprovoked brutal police assault on a contestant in a
fishing competition promoted by the president.

Mr Teixeira said President Ramos-Horta saw police assault Mr Lhew
Comacoshe, a 27 year old university student taking part in Timor
Leste’s inaugural International Fishing Competition on 27 November
2009, but remained silent until after FRETILIN MPs raised the incident
in parliament this week and the media began asking questions.

Mr Comacoshe, a participant in the fishing competition, which attracted
entrants from Australia and Asia, was punched, kicked and bashed with a
rifle butt on a beach on Atauro Island, 25 kms off the coast of the
capital Dili, in full view of hundreds of people.

Film of the assault which happened soon after President Ramos-Horta
officially opened the competition has been posted on YouTube -*

Mr Teixeira said Mr Comacoshe was apparently beaten because he held up a
placard on which was written, “Fishing Group From Suco Maunroni,
Sub-District of Atauro, District of Dili”, identifying from where his
group of competitors were and which he intended to affix to their boat,
but the police took objection to it without any explanation, and
forcibly removed from his possession, afterwards assaulting him.

Mr Teixeira said police were now persecuting Mr Comacoshe and his
family for daring to report the incident to the Ombudsman for Human
Rights and Justice, the Attorney General and parliament.

“The assault on Mr Comacoshe partly reflects the gung-ho and very
militaristic attitude introduced by the new police commander Longuinhos
Monteiro, who appears bent on creating a ‘shadow army’,” Mr Teixeira
said.

President Ramos-Horta reportedly told the Dili daily, Jornal Diario
Nacional on January 29: “This poor Timorese fellow, was merely holding
up a placard, I saw the police beat him but because it was far away I
did not understand what was happening. Afterwards I heard that he was
holding up a placard, I thought if it was a placard then let him do it,
there is no need to beat him just because he was only holding up a
placard.”

Mr Teixeira said the president should not have remained silent about the
incident, especially since Mr Comacoshe, personally delivered a written
complaint regarding the incident to the President’s office on 17
December last year, and then subsequently, on 23 December last his
brother delivered a copy of the video to the President’s Office on his
behalf.

“In an apparent act of revenge for having the temerity to lodge a
complaint, police on 13 January evicted Comacoshe’s law-abiding family
from a state owned house they had lived in for six years. There was no
formal notification from the government – the village chief and police
turned up and threw their belongings out the door, after having
threatened him with loaded weapons.

“If president Ramos-Horta had spoken up earlier it might have avoided
reprisals against Comacoshe and his family, but the President obviously
did not want to spoil the media glow generated by the international
fishing competition organized by his office. Many people, the victim
included have asked me, ‘Is this what it means to be a President for
the for the poor and the weak, as he claims widely?’ I have to ask the
same question.”

Mr Teixeira said Mr Comacoshe’s family had now sought refuge in Dili and
have yet to receive any assistance from the government.

“Complaints of police brutality are happening with an unprecedented
frequency and on an unprecedented scale. We have citizens making
complaints almost every day now. In the past two weeks we received
complaints about police joining in with martial arts groups and using
violence against their rivals.

“Late last year in Uatolari, Viqueque district, police allegedly
assaulted and tortured a number of young men. On 28 December 2009
police shot and killed an unarmed young musician at a party in Dili.

“There is something very wrong with the way police are being trained and
commanded. Local media on January 27 reported the new police commander
Longuinhos Monteiro as saying in regard to alleged criminal activity
recently carried out in border districts by masked groups known as
ninjas, ‘Any Ninjas who want to take us on, your final stop will be
Santacruz’ cemetery.’

“Dressed in military style fatigues, wearing black gloves, carrying an
automatic rifle and fully equipped with field battle vest Monteiro is
personally leading the operation to search and arrest these alleged
ninjas. Last year he established a special heavily armed police unit
named the ‘Public Order Battalion’ and late last year attempted to
enter into a contract to acquire hundreds of additional automatic
rifles.

“The government pays lip service to ‘community policing’ but it is all
about the use of force, force, force, relying on weapons, weapons,
weapons. We already have an army, we do not need a shadow army. We
have many professional and dedicated policemen and women who feel the
same way we do and have asked us to speak up for them to change the
direction of policing in this country. They want to serve their
communities with pride and professionalism, and deserve our support,”
Mr Teixeira said.

He said FRETILIN was preparing to table the terms of reference for a
Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into police action over the last two
years to establish whether there have been breaches of the law and what
can be done in terms of improving police training and legal controls to
make policing more community friendly and respecting of human rights.

For further information contact Jose Teixeira on +670 728 7080

Dear all

Xanana-Horta: WHY THEY DO NOT WANT TO REINADO IN COURT (4 months of unlawful death)

Remembering

REINADO WANT GUSMÃO AND RAMOS HORTA IN THE DOCK

The respected publication Timor Online reported this month day 5, the clip that Australian ABC had cut the issuing of an interview done with the Major Alfredo Reinado. Segment censured, he state that only accepts be arrested and appear in court in the dock are also José Ramos Horta, the current President, and José “Xanana” Gusmão, Prime Minister of illegal Government installed and secured militarily by Australia. In 2006, Alfredo Reinado participated actively in the bloody coup triggered by José Ramos Horta and José “Xanana” Gusmão against the nationalist government Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri. At the time, Ramos was Minister of Foreign Relations of Alkatiri and Gusmão was the President of the Republic.

On 25 July 2006, Gusmão tried to prevent, but failed, the prison of the Major Reinado by Portuguese troops. The international press informed that the negotiations with the then President characterised as a “process that lasted for seven hours and was marked by numerous meetings “.

According to a report from 26th of the same month the agency Lusa, “Commander Operational GNR (Portugal), Captain Gonçalo Carvalho, presented to the press the entire arsenal which was illegally held by Major Reinado, nine pistols, four of size 0·45 Auto and five calibre 9, more than 4 thousand ammunition for automatic rifle and pistol, grenades, five radio transmissions, two extensible baton, five daggers, three machetes and some military equipment bulletproof vests and belts “.

The same font showed that “the arsenal was found in three houses, according to Alfredo Reinado one of them attributed by President Xanana Gusmão, and the remaining two occupied by Major rebel, approximately 10 metres from the Australian military forces headquarters “.

At the same time, deserter Reinado statement that Gusmão said, before living in to choose homes near the Australians military cantonment. Subsequently, the international media reported that packaging food consumed by insurgents indicated that were for Australia’s armed forces.

On 30 August 2006, the agency Lusa announced that “Major Alfredo Reinado fled Becora Prison, in Dili, along with another 56 prisoners, including 16 former Timorese armed forces members and five convicted of murder “.

In fact, there was no escape. The detained Reinado and group were supported by Australia and New Zealand to leave prison in full day light. Without notice, these countries had left guarding the prison.

Since this date José Ramos Horta and José “Xanana” Gusmão unauthorized systematically successive detention and arrest warrants issued against the deserter Major Reinado by international Judge Ivo Rosa.

In the last order disclosed on 9 against Alfredo Reinado and its Group, the magistrate recalls that he is accused of the one crime of rebellion, 8 murder in complete form and ten an attempted murder.

JUDGE ADVOCATES INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY

The recent order of Judge Ivo Rosa discusses because Alfredo Reinado is free for more than a year leaving prison. The document informs that “following the judicial decision and ruled as of coercion of pre-trial detention, arrest warrants were issued against all escapees and dispatch to the UNPol and Australian Defence Force for compliance. Until now, have not been fulfilled, despite 14 months have elapsed since the date on which escaped from the establishment Prison and does not appear in any information, either the authorities Australian military and UNPOL, report that efforts have been made for the fulfilment of a judicial decision and why, so far, this the same judicial decision have been complied with “. Adds that “ in accordance with the information disseminated through the media, in particular justly the acts fls. 765 and ss it seems that the Presidency of the Republic and the Government would have given orders to be cancelled the order of detention of accused escapees”.

The judge also states that “the illegal decision emanating from the President of Republic, revealed attitude, either by Australian forces, either by UNPOL, with the complicity of the United Nations, puts into question the independence of power judicial, contribute to the not regular functioning of the institutions democratic and compromise the implementation of a democratic constitutional State in East Timor “.

It draws attention to the fact that “the ISF (international Security forces) are composed of two contingents being a Australian and another a New Zealand, a total of about 1300 militaries well trained armies and with capacity to face war scenarios with armoured vehicles and combat helicopters, etc.

In turn, UNPOL is composed of around 2000 police officers FPU (four groups, GNR of Portugal, Malaysia, Pakistan and Bangladesh) about 140 elements each.

Taking into account these figures it is clear that there are all the conditions for that the judicial decision is executed to the extent that the accused are only 15 elements, only not having been so far due to external interference on the judiciary power “.

Finally, the International Judge Ivo Rosa determines that “in the face of the whole exposed to office of UNPOL and ISF, notifies personally, Mr. Police Commissioner and Mr. Brigadier John Hutcheson, that:

a) must obey, comply with and enforce the laws in force in East Timor;
(b)) should only judicial decision obedience which pronounced the pre-trial of indicts;
(c)) shall develop, immediately, all efforts to make the arrest of escapees;
(d) any negotiation process with a view to give up voluntary of escapees only the aim for the unconditional detention “.

MORE COMPLICITY

The manoeuvre to prevent Alfredo Reinado is taken to trial include also with the participation of Atul Khare, the United Nations representative in Timor-Leste since September 2006. In consequence, UNPol, police of this organization does not enforce the successive Dili Court orders.

His predecessor, Sukehiro Hasegawa, the Japanese came to the country in May 2004 and until September 2007 became visible as a firm supporter of the José Ramos Horta and José “Xanana” Gusmão intriguing policy, benefiting both the Australia and Japan.

This same year, as soon as Gusmão assumed the leadership of its illegal Government Hasegawa was hired by it as a Horta Advisor.

In turn, the Brigadier John Hutcheson, the current Australian command improperly called International Security Forces (ISF) Timor-Leste, refuses to detain the deserter Major under the claim that received direct orders of Ramos Horta and Gusmão to ignore justice decisions.

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE SUPPORTS VIOLENCE

In 1989, José Ramos Horta shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the Bishop Ximenes Belo on behalf of the Timorese people. Their behaviour demonstrates, however, that it does not see this distinction a way of helping to eliminate all forms of injustice, violence, oppression and militarism. Instead of work to promote the human beings and their rights, striving in defence of life and threatened dignity, he preferred to join the powerful and exploiters.

For more harsh, José Ramos Horta is a declared supporter of the Iraq invasion by George w. Bush administration. Internally, in East Timor he had joined “Xanana” Gusmão in organizing the coup’ etat which caused 36 direct deaths in 2006. The climate of instability on the following days, the slaughter of others people in the hand of the group linked the conspirators. The violence unleashed in coordination with the Government of John Howard, the truculent Prime Minister of Australia, included the fire thousand of houses of Gusmão and Ramos Horta opponents.

The FRETILIN supporters, the organization that defeated the invaders Indonesian and which Mari Alkatiri is the Secretary-General were particularly persecuted and beaten. More than 150 thousand people had to flee to other locations, becoming refugees within their own country. At the moment, thousands of Timorese remain in refugee camps.

The aggression made by gangs manipulated by conspirators are repeated, similarly the armed incursions posted by Australian troops.
Although the victims have already denounced before the United Nations and other organizations international acts as destroying tents where live, beatings and killings of refugees, José Ramos Horta, Nobel Peace advocates Australian occupation troops.

The most recent pronouncement in favour of the perpetrators was disclosed by “UNMIT – Monitoring of media”, edited by UN directed by Atul Khare Office. On day 5 of this month, the publication reported that “the President José Ramos Horta strongly defended the action of the International Security Forces (ISF) after having been shot a refugee in the airport displaced camp last week … He said that the ISF and UNPol never acted with brutality against anyone “.

As a result of collaborationism of José Ramos Horta and José “Xanana” Gusmão that, to remain in power, surrendered to Australia for control on gas and oil, two important national wealth, Australian military installed in all districts (Administrative Division) of East Timor as the occupying troops.

CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

The threat of Alfredo Reinado put in the dock José Ramos Horta and José “Xanana” Gusmão reaches also other highlights national figures and foreign. All of them fear that deserter Major provides, in court, details about the involvement of each on a conspiracy that has destabilized the country destroyed many lives.

For example, statements made by him at different times and documents written–orders, laissez-passer and letters signed by José “Xanana” Gusmão –evidence of complicity between the lackeys of Canberra.

According to the international press, the Catholic Bishops Alberto Ricardo da Silva of Dili and Basilio do Nascimento of Baucau, are stuck up to the neck in a bloody coup.

In addition to attend conspiratorial meeting organized by the then President Xanana in his home, they tried to convince, in 2005, Taur Matan Ruak veteran of the fight against the Indonesian occupation and current Commander FALINTIL/FDTL (East Timor Defence Force) to lead a coup against the Government of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri. HE REFUSED. In 2006 was again addressed and he responded with a “NO”.

Another military chief Lieutenant Colonel Falur Rate Laek, veteran for National Independence was contacted he did not accept to support the conspirators.

Their houses were attacked and totally destroyed.

In 2005, these two bishops had organized demonstrations demanding for Mari Alkatiri fall. No results. In the following year did not vacillate in bloodstained and associated with a betrayal that placed the country again in the foreign domination.

The list of key figures involved in crimes against humanity in East Timor includes José Ramos Horta, José “Xanana” Gusmão, Alberto Ricardo da Silva, Basilio do Nascimento, Sugehiro Hasegawa, Atul Khare and Australian Prime Minister John Howard. All are, like Alfredo Reinado bloody convict.

People today are sufficiently clear and organized to place before the international courts persons who occupy posts to commit hideous acts. Even if they have been brought to power by titles bearing or by popular vote, what matters is lost the legitimacy that received when it was discovered his true face of mere criminals.

TLGov: Timor-Leste leads Asia-Pacific in Petroleum Transparency

For the information of readers of the media release below by the de facto TL Govt:
As the EITI site (link address below) clearly acknowledges, the process was begun some years back. It was Dr Alkatiri as Prime Minister who committed TL to the emerging EITI movement in London, in June 2003, at the time referred to as the “Blair Initiative”. We were one of the first countries to do so.
Under Dr Alkatiri’s stewardship, as Secretary of State for Natural Resources, I undertook the public consultation and legislation process for the Petroleum Exploration Law and Petroleum Fund Law, both of which continued to be lauded for their highly transparent legislative framework.
It is after all this framework that enables TL to manifest the level of transparency required by the EITI.
On 15 May 2007, after disruption from the crisis of 2006, I opened the first multi-stakeholder working group, which began the process towards formal candidature.
The release implies that the accolades that should rightly be heaped on Tl for its highly transparent status has been attained by the current government. The hard work had all been done with establishing the legal framework, establishing the institutions and the decision to embrace the EITI principles from their inception. We welcome the de facto government maintaining the same path we set the Timor-Leste petroleum on some years ago, and shall persist in ensuring it is not eroded from in future, but in fact strengthened.
Jose Teixeira, former Minister for Natural Resources, Minerals and Energy, Policy FRETILIN MP

http://eitransparency.org/fr/timor/lesteTimor-Leste
Overview of Extractive Industries in Timor LesteOver the next few decades, Timor-Leste is expected to accrue substantial revenues from oil and gas production. To date, production has come from a joint development area in the Timor Sea. Further onshore and offshore activity is expected. The World Bank estimates revenues in excess of USD 1 billion from FY05-09. As a petroleum-rich country, Timor-Leste needs to be particularly vigilant in maintaining good governance to avoid the resource curse prevalent in many resource-rich countries. The Government has adopted a legal framework for petroleum production, taxation, and revenue management that is considered international best-practice.
Status of EITI ImplementationTimor Leste was accepted as an EITI Candidate Country on 22 February 2008.
Timor Leste has until 9 March 2010 to undertake validation.
The first meeting of Timor-Leste’s Multi-Stakeholder Working Group for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) was held in Dili on May 15, 2007, bringing together representatives from relevant government agencies, civil society, and the petroleum industry. The multi-stakeholder working group has produced a costed workplan that is available online: http://www.timor-leste.gov.tl/EMRD/index.asp
Governance of EITI Implementation in Timor LesteHon. Jose Teixeira, Minister of Natural Resources, Minerals and Energy Policy, was selected by the Prime Minister to be the government official responsible for EITI. The Prime Minister also appointed Mr. Manuel de Lemos to be the EITI coordinator to guide implementation on a day-to-day basis.
Timor Leste EITI Focal Point
Mr. Manuel de Lemos
Director
Secretariat of State for Natural Resources
Dili, Timor-Leste
E-Mail: delemos.manuel@gmail.com
For further information contact Sam Bartlett at the EITI International Secretariat.

Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 08:17:14 -0500
To: east-timor@lists.riseup.net
From: fbp@igc.org
Subject: TLGov: Timor-Leste leads Asia-Pacific in Petroleum Transparency

The Secretary of State for the
Council of Ministers and

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste

Ágio Pereira

January 20, 2010

Díli, Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste leads Asia-Pacific in Petroleum
Transparency

Revenue Watch says Timor-Leste is leading the way in the Asia Pacific
Region with good governance in the Petroleum sector through efforts to
become compliant with the international mechanism known as the
Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which has
defined the global standard for transparency in the oil, gas and mining
sectors.

The EITI requires nations’ to work with civil society and private
companies to reach a level of transparency in the management of natural
resources. To receive EITI status, a country must first become a
candidate country meeting four key indicators after which a country has
two years to complete EITI validation for compliant status.

The EITI has 18 requirements that a nation must meet to be declared
compliant. Timor- Leste is in its’ final stages of the compliance process
with an independent validator currently reviewing the petroleum
governance system.

As part of the EITI process, Timor-Leste was required to form a
multi-stakeholder group, chaired by the Secretary of State for Natural
Resources, H.E. Alfredo Pires, to develop a comprehensive work plan and
publish an EITI report. The Timor-Leste EITI report was launched in
December 2009 and published on the EITI website.

The EITI Chairman Peter Eigen said “Timor- Leste was one of the first
countries to commit to the EITI, and the Multi-Stakeholder Working Group
has worked diligently to ensure that the EITI provide a detailed and
comprehensive account of petroleum revenues. I congratulate the
Government and the members of the Multi-Stakeholder Working Group on the
achievement of this milestone”.

Thus far, The EITI has some 30 countries in the race for compliance. To
date only two countries has achieved compliance. Timor-Leste aims to be
complaint by March 2010. Since the launch of Timor-Leste’s EITI report;
Timor-Leste been praised by the World Bank and other independent
organizations for efforts in ensuring transparency and accountability in
the management of the petroleum sector; specifically in the
reconciliation and publication of government receipts and industry
payments from the oil, gas, and mining sector.

Secretary of State Ágio Pereira said “One of the most important roles of
the Xanana Gusmão Government is to protect and prudently manage the
petroleum sector to benefit the resource owners, the people of
Timor-Leste. Transparency and accountability has been a key priority to
ensure those resources and the revenue derived are properly accounted for
and that global good governance standards are met and implemented by the
Government. This is a major milestone for both the Government, civil
society and the industry, which will contribute significantly to national
development representing another successful collaboration between the
Government of Timor-Leste, our civil society and the private sector.”

ENDS

For More Information Please Contact:

Ágio Pereira +670 723 0011

agiopereira@cdm.gov.tl

or visit the EITI website

http://www.eitransparency.org

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TLPres: President of the Republic lays the first stone of the Hera power station

P R E S S R E L E A S E

President of the Republic lays the first stone of the Hera power station

The Head of State, Dr. José Ramos-Horta, laid on
Friday the first stone for the construction of
the heavy oil power station in Hera. The Prime
Minister, Xanana Gusmão, and the President of the
National Parliament, Fernando “La Sama” de
Araújo, among other individualities and many
other guests and citizens, took part of this ceremony.

The contract was signed on October
25th, 2008 between the Government of Timor-Leste
and the company China Nuclear Industry 22nd
Construction Co. Ltd. This project will cover 630
kilometers and comprise part of the 13 districts,
aiming to provide high powered electricity of 110 KV.

The stations will be located in
Hera/Manatuto (120 MW) and Betano/Same (60 MW),
furnished in compliance with the Chinese standards.

There will be a few 110/20 KV
substations in Dili, Manatuto, Baucau, Lospalos,
Viqueque, Same, Suai, Maliana and Liquiçá.

Electric power will be provided to
the whole country, with a future planning of
connecting the system to neighboring countries.

The US$360.000.000 contract
comprehends 91 millions for the stations and
other facilities, and almost 270 millions for
wiring, substations and other facilities.

Three million US dollars per year
(during five years, amounting to 15 millions)
will be provided for the stations management and
operation, as well as for professional training.

According to the contract, the
construction works are scheduled for conclusion
by December 31st, 2011. An environmental impact
assessment will be undertaken on a regular basis,
namely by monitoring the emission of potential
pollutant (smoke and/or leakage) in compliance
with the limits established by the Kyoto Protocol.

PPR – Dili, JAN 15th, 2010

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
Presidency of the Republic

Dr. José H. Meirelles
Int. Relations/Media Senior Adviser
Nicolau Lobato Palace
Aitarak-Lara, Díli, Timor-Leste
PBX : +670-333-9999/ext. 242
Mobile: +670-751-6413