Late October 2003 

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Early October
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October 21 - 30
Letters to Guardian on Timor Oil
Dili's Portuguese UN police commander resigns, interference alleged
Timor Police Take Control
East Timor unionists end nation's first-ever strike
Mahathir Gives E.Timor Democracy Lesson
Exercise caution when negotiating oil deals, says Dr Mahathir

Officials Correct Bush on Indonesia
'East Timor Syndrome' Sparks Spat

Portugal donates uniforms for new Defense Force officers
Memorial to Balibo five
Xanana visits Protestant and Catholic neighborhoods of Belfast
Dili 'realistic' but hopeful of continued European aid
Timor to receive extra food aid from Ireland
Australia proposes ad hoc UN force to plug security gap

"Victims 1975-1999 ask the Government of America to support the creation of an international tribunal.  Congratulations 227 (years since 4 July 1776)." Demonstration. Dili, East Timor. Photo by Charles Scheiner. 

ETAN: Fact Sheet: E Timor's Boundary Dispute with Australia

ETAN: ETAN on Death of Sergio de Mello

ETAN: Indonesian Court's Final East Timor Sentence "A Joke"

Action Alert: Demand Justice for East Timor!

ETAN/IHRN: U.S. House of Representatives Reiterates "No IMET for Indonesia"

LH: Letter to UN on UNMISET's present and the UN's future in E Timor

LH Bulletin: Double issue: Timor Gap oil and Brazilian Aid to East Timor (August 2003: Bulletin Vol. 4, No. 3-4)

Support ETAN: Message from Howard Zinn



Today's Media Monitoring, October 24 2003
Daily Media Review 22 October 2003

UNHCR's Role in West Timor Praised
Economic Hardship Prompts 26 ETese to Seek Asylum
Refugee Families to Leave Camps

Jakarta's Final Verdict, Serious Crimes Unit and other Justice  Updates (October)

ETAN: Indonesian Court's Final East Timor Sentence "A Joke"
"It wasn't me" Wiranto. Cartoon
Wiranto: "It wasn't me."

Timor's 'Disappeared' Await Justice
Fight Against Terror Must Include Justice for East Timor
Justice for East Timor victims? Not in Indonesia

IFET: Urges UN Security Council to Create International Tribunal for East Timor
Letter: A U.N. Tribunal for East Timor
ICTJ Intended to Fail - Ad Hoc HR Court in Jakarta (PDF)

Serious Crimes Updates
E. Timor- Former pro-RI militiamen get more than 10 years in jail
SCU: Special Panel Sentences two Former Liquica Militia Members for Crimes Against Humanity*
JSMP: Special Panel in Dili Finally Releases Illegal Detainee*
JSMP: Special Panels for Serious Crimes face further setback as International judge called home*
E Timor Court Sentences Militiaman To Prison For Murder
Most Suspects in E. Timor Violence Remain Free in Indonesia
E. Timor Charges Indon Army Chiefs For '99 Massacre
SCU: Baucau Indictment Charges Former Indonesian TNI Commander in Baucau, 12 TNI Members and Baucau Militia Commanders*

Dili indicts 17 militiamen, Indonesian soldiers in 1999 atrocities
SCU: 3 New Indictment Charge Sakunar Militia Deputy Commander,3 East Timorese TNI Soldiers and 13 Sakunar Militia Members with Crimes In Oecusse District in 1999

SCU: Hera Indictment Issued Charges 18 People Including two Indonesian TNI Officers
SCU: Detained East Timorese TNI Soldier Indicted for Torture and Disappearance in Liquica District in April 1999
East Timor Indicts 18 for Crimes Against Humanity
Former Indonesian soldier indicted in East Timor for crimes against humanity

Don't trade justice for peace, prosecutor pleads

see September, August, July, June, May, April Serious Crimes Updates

Indonesian Ad-Hoc Court
Ad hoc court judges to Honolulu
Jakarta Observed- Military Misrule Alive And Well
Jakarta Rights Tribunal Buries E. Timor Atrocities
Only justice can build Dili-Jakarta relationship

Justice System Monitoring Project: Court in Jakarta Completes Theatrical Performance*
Amnesty International: Guilty Verdict Insufficient to Deliver Justice and Truth*
Human Rights Watch: Transfer Convicted General From Aceh*
CIIR: Indonesian tribunal verdict feeds impunity*
NZGOV: East Timor tribunal has not delivered justice*
Indonesia Human Rights Committee: Sentence for War Criminal a bad joke*

see September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February updates on Indonesia Ad Hoc Court

JSMP/Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law: Symposium On Justice For International Crimes Committed in The Territory of East Timor (English --Portuguese)*

*open in new window

October 14 - 20
Seattle sister-school class aids East Timor students
Cattle to Timor

House Dear Colleague on Bush and Indonesian Military
Remove soldiers guilty of abuses from Aceh, says rights group
Kopassus chief's trip to Perth vetoed
Jakarta seeks new defence pact with Australia

Xanana in Northern Ireland
Britain's foreign secretary meets with president of East Timor
Indonesian inter-parliament body to visit E Timor
Pope meets East Timor's Gusmao
What U.N. did in East Timor ­ a lesson for Iraq?

Other Links (open in new window)

UN: 'Remarkable' Gains Made In Timor-Leste Since UN Support Mission Established, But UN Presence Needed Beyond End Of Mandate, Security Council Told (Oct. 15, 2003)
Statements by Australia, European Union, India, Japan, Mexico (spanish), New Zealand, Portugal, U.S.

UNDP: Timor-Leste completes two milestone infrastructure projects

Boletim Económico: Timor-Leste’s First Circulating Coins (PDF)

Report of the Secretary-General on the UNMISET S/2003/944 (PDF)
PM Alkatiri's Address to UN General Assembly

Alola Foundation Report, May 2003

Draft Legislation of Domestic Violence Of Democratic Republic of Timor Leste (PDF)

JSMP Disappointed with passing of Unconstitutional Immigration and Asylum Law
UNDP: Timorese given the chance to state concerns with Members of Parliament
Timor-Leste Becomes 177th ILO Member State

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan: Assistance for Food Security in Timor Leste

UN: Assistance for humanitarian relief, rehab & development for Timor-Leste (A/58/280)
UN: Financing of the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor - Revised budget for the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor for the period from 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004 (A/58/192)
UN: Report of the Joint Inspection Unit entitled “Evaluation of United Nations system response in East Timor: coordination and effectiveness”  (A/58/85­E/2003/80)

JSMP: New Internal Security Act May Be Unconstitutional
Internal Security Law (unofficial translation)

IMF Concludes 2003 Article IV Consultation with the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

ICTJ Crying without Tears - Community Perspectives on Justice
International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims - East Timor program

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

Security Council debates 'indispensable' aid after UN pull-out
E. Timor PM Says Aid Needed

48 East Timorese seek protection in NTT
Regencies Don't Want Ex-Militia Timorese Refugees
Journalism's Finest Pay Tribute to Timorese Colleague
Anger in East Timor as Australia Plays Tough Over Gas Reserves


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China, Portugal and former colonies sign trade and cooperation agreement
China, Portuguese-speaking countries strive for better investment environ
National AIDS Commission in East Timor
East Timor Learns How to Go It Alone
Timor Gap Treaty Renegotiation to Be Discussed in Kupang

Daily Media Review 16 October 2003
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Daily Media Review 13 October 2003

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