April 2003 

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April 21 - 26
U.S. denies cutting E Timor aid
Horta asks Japan for More Aid

UN fails to secure border
Legislation on police forces a key priority, says senior UN official
Xanana's Speech to Police Seminar
Diggers build new border facility

Dili demonstrates against war in Iraq.   

UN Human Rights Commission Abandons Justice for East Timor; Pretends Sham Indonesian Trials Are Redeemable
ETAN Praises New Indictment of Indonesian Officials for Crimes in E Timor
IFET Urges President Xanana Gusmao to Fully Support Accountability for Past Abuses

LH Bulletin: Asian Development Bank (Vol 4 No. 1)
Letter on proposed RDTL immigration law (Charles Scheiner)

ETAN: Recommendations for U.S. Delegation to UN Commission on Human Rights, 59th Session

Response to Inquiries on NY Times Op-ed "War for Peace?"

ETAN: UN Must Back Prosecution of Indonesian Officers; International Action Needed After Indonesia Snubs Extradition of Suspects to East Timor
Organizations Worldwide Urge Indonesian Action to Reunite East Timorese Children with Their Families
ETAN: Winter 2002-2003 Estafeta

Support ETAN: Message from Howard Zinn

East Timor Joins Regional UN Body (ESCAP)
Indonesian Air Force Wants 48 Sukhois- Military Chief

Customs Dept, University face corruption investigations
Bishop says moral, spiritual darkness haunts Timor's Catholics
Vatican Path to Peace Award to go to Xanana

Timor family fights forced return

Australian State to help Timor grow
15 file complaint against brothel owners

Local Media Monitoring - April 25, 2003
Local Media Monitoring - April 24, 2003 
Local Media Monitoring - April 23, 2003 
Local Media Monitoring - April 22, 2003

Serious Crimes Unit and other Justice  Updates (April)

Former Indonesian military commander Wiranto speaks to parliament in Jakarta, March 5, 2003. REUTERS/Suryawan 


UN Human Rights Commission
U.S. House of Representatives members write to Sec. Powell on justice for Timor
ETAN: UN Human Rights Commission Abandons Justice for East Timor; Pretends Sham Indonesian Trials Are Redeemable
TAPOL/CIIR: Rights groups denounce UN for betraying victims of atrocities in East Timor*
AI: UN Commission on Human Rights fails once again to protect victims of human rights violations*
East Timor rights trial needs int'l pressure
Indonesia seeks UN Human Rights Commission membership
Chance still exists to bring Indonesia military officers to justice

ABC: East Timor's Struggling Legal System*
Truth, reconciliation commission chief says more time needed
Truth Commission to hold Women in Conflict hearing

AI: International responsibility for justice
JSMP: Ablai Militia member conditionally released*
JSMP: Departure of international judge means Special Panels for Serious Crimes in East Timor unable to function*

Parliament will not intervene over president's choice of top judge
Jakarta, Dili not serious about human rights cases
Chance For Justice Vanishes For East Timor Victims
ETAN: Praises New Indictment of Indonesian Officials for Crimes in E Timor

SCU: New Indictment Charges 5 TNI Soldiers with Rape
E Timor Indicts Five Indonesian Soldiers On Rape Charges
US praises Timor rights unit
Timor prosecutors indict Indonesian officers for 1999 atrocities
SCU: 2nd Covalima Indictment Charges 8 Indonesian Military Commanders & Officers
SCU: Lolotoe Militia Commander Sentenced To 12 Yrs

NGOs- Building Peace, Justice & Reconciliation
IFET Urges President Xanana Gusmao to Fully Support Accountability for Past Abuses
Nat'l Alliance for International Tribunal Letter UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
East Timor Indictments - A chance to save reform

East Timor Militia Leader Gets 12 Yr Prison Term 

UN troops arrest two ex-militiamen for East Timor rights abuses

see March Serious Crimes Updates

Indonesian Ad-Hoc Court (April)

Damiri case postponed again
Amnesty slams Indonesia's "dishonest" Timor rights trials
Indonesia's top judge hits out at Amnesty over Timor trial criticism
Jakarta prosecutors seek 10-year sentence for Indonesian general
Jail Sought For Indonesia General In East Timor Case

Tono's sentencing delayed
INDGOV- Statement at HRC on Ad Hoc Court
Rights Groups Fault Indonesia's 'Sham' Tribunal
Habibie - Govt Never Sanctioned Timor Violence
Ex-leader testifies on E Timor
The ebb and flow of human rights enforcement
Appeals over acquitted Timor suspects to be filed next month

see March, February, January updates on Indonesia Ad Hoc Court


April 14 - 17
SAS soldier on corpse charge
Australian soldier facing charges over Timor allegations
Mari Alkatiri- War-weary East Timor knows no boundaries
East Timorese a special case (asylum seekers)
East Timorese children reunite with parents in no-man's-land

Land Claims in East Timor
Kings College Study of "Peace Operations"

Taking note of injustice
Indonesia Turns to Russia for Weapons
First lady asks alma mater for a helping hand
East Timor Foreign Minister- UN Should Administer Postwar Iraq
Foreign Affairs Minister Ramos-Horta Meets Vatican's Counterpart

2 E Timorese Border Crossers Arrested, Deported
Dispelling the Myths of Timor
Local Media Monitoring - April 17, 2003

New Web Links (open in new window)

UN: Report of the Secretary-General on the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (S/2003/449; 21 Apr 2003)
UN: Security Council, Responding to Security Challenges In Timor-Leste, Delays Cutbacks In UN Forces
UNMISET: SRSG addresses PNTL institutional capacity-building workshop
UNFPA: Midwives Get Motorcycles to Save Mothers' Lives in Timor-Leste

National Geographic: A Babel of Birthday Wishes

A Review of Peace Operations: A Case for Change: East Timor chapter 
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste country paper

U.S. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2002: East Timor, Indonesia
Committee to Protect Journalists, from Attacks on the Press 2002: East Timor
Situation of human rights in Timor-Leste - Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

UN: Recent Violence, Rise in Armed Groups Threaten Success in Timor-Leste, Peacekeeping Under-Secretary-general Tells Security Council
Statements by Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Portugal, U.S.,  
UN: Special report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor

24 Reports from East Timor (and Indonesia) Curt Gabrielson spent two years in East Timor working on science education, as well as observing various aspects of East Timor's reconstruction. Here are links to each of his 24 monthly newsletters.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor-Leste website (new official website)
Official Gazette of Government of East Timor

Kissinger Watch
Winter 2002-2003 Estafeta online

Democracy Now! broadcast from East Timor's independence. Listen online or order the video

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