Subject: ABC: Hundreds honour late East Timor activist McNaughtan

Update: Friday, January 2, 2004. 7:19 PM (AEDT)

Hundreds honour late East Timor activist McNaughtan

Hundreds of people have marked the death of the East Timor independence activist Dr Andrew McNaughtan at a memorial service in Sydney in New South Wales on Friday.

Dr McNaughtan was the convenor of the Australia-East Timor Association.

He died at his Mosman home on December 22, aged 49.

Among those attending the service were former Labor minister Tom Uren, Supreme Court justice Barry O'Keefe and journalist John Pilger.

Mr Pilger describes Dr McNaughtan as a champion of truth and a real-life hero.

"Some people are heroes - they're not plastic heroes, they're not celluloid heroes, they're quiet heroes, and that was Andrew McNaughtan," Mr Pilger said.

"I shall miss him [and] I pay tribute to him."

Also attending was East Timor's Foreign Minister, Jose Ramos-Horta, who describes Dr McNaughtan as a man of immense compassion who recognised injustice.

"So he began to try to go to Timor, which he did at risk of his own life," Mr Ramos-Horta said.

"He was arrested [and] deported a few times.

"To publicise the truth about what was happening back in East Timor ... he has done tremendous tremendous educational work, educating people about the plight of the people of East Timor."


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