Subject: TL National Alliance: Gareth Evans Must Apologize to the People of Timor-Leste

[Rough translation via ETAN. Tetum original below]

Timor-Leste National Alliance for an International Tribunal Assossiaun HAK (HAK Association), La'o Hamutuk, ETADEP, Luta Hamutuk, Front Mahasiswa Timor-Leste (Timor-Leste Student Front), Advocasia FONGTIL (NGO Forum Advocacy Unit) and Assosiassaun Mane Kontra Violencia (Association of Men Against Violence)

Gareth Evans Must Apologize to the People of Timor-Leste

Gareth Evans is coming to visit Timor-Leste, his first visit since Independence. We believe that he must recognize his complicity in the suffering of the East Timorese people during the 24-year Indonesian occupation. Indeed, he needs to apologize before he sets foot in this country.

We see the visit of Gareth Evans coming at a bad time, as Timor-Leste is politically unstable, with Australia continuing to pressure Timor-Leste on issues that linger from the past.

Remembering our history, when the Santa Cruz Massacre occurred, Gareth Evans was the Australian Foreign Minister and tried to convince the international community that the Santa Cruz Massacre was a special occurrence and not a political decision taken by the Indonesian State. That is to say that Gareth Evans helped to maintain silence about the violence that was happening in Timor-Leste.

While Gareth Evans's party was in opposition, it adopted a policy against the Indonesian occupation of Timor-Leste and to limit assistance to Indonesian security forces. But after coming to power his Government changed these policies, acting as if there were no problems in Timor-Leste and no human rights violations. Indeed, the Labour Party changed its political stance on Timor-Leste and continued negotiations on the Timor Gap. And thus in December 1989 Gareth Evans signed the Timor Gap Treaty with the Indonesian Foreign Minister, Ali Alatas. This Treaty allowed for Australia and Indonesia to steal East Timorese oil and for Indoneisa to continue its illegal occupation of Timor-Leste that killed 250,000 people.

Gareth Evans continues to face justice from the people of Timor-Leste, but now Timor-Leste has political and security instabilities which make it unstable for him to come and visit as if he had never sinned against our people. Therefore we once again urge him to recognize the sins of his political manoeveurs over the years and apologize to the people of Timor-Leste.

Dili, 3 August 2007

The Timor-Leste National Alliance for an International Tribunal

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Aliansi Nasional Timor-Leste ba Tribunal Intenasional Assossiaun HAK, Lao Hamutuk, ETADEP, Luta Hamutuk, Front Mahasiswa Timor-Leste, Advocasia FONGTIL no Assosiassaun Mane Kontra Violencia

Gareth Evans tenke husu Deskulpa ba Povo Timor-Leste

Gareth Evans mai vizita iha Timor-Leste, nee hanesan nia vizita dala uluk depois de Independencia Timor-Leste. Ami hanoin katak nia tenke rekunhese ninia kontribusaun ba sofrementu povo Timor-Leste durante okupasaun Indonesia iha tinan 24 nia laran. Tuir lolos nia tenke husu deskulpa uluk molok nia sama ain iha rai ida nee.

Ami hare katak Gareth Evans nia vizita ida nee laos tempo ida diak tamba oras nee Timor-Leste iha situasaun politiku nebe mak la stabil, nee hatudu katak Australia sei kontinua fo ninia presaun ba Timor-Leste hanesan buat barak nebe mak akontese tiha ona iha tempo liu ba.

Hare ba kotuk, wainhira akontesementu Masakre Santa Cruz, Gareth Evans hanesan Ministru Negosio Estranjeiru Australia nia, tempo neba nia koko hatoo ba komunidade internasional katak Masakre Santa Cruz hanesan masakre ida la normal maibe ida nee laos desizaun politika Estadu Indonesia nian iha tempo nee. Ida nee hatudu momos katak Garets Evants kontribui mos hodi taka lia los no violencia nebe mak akontese iha Timor-Leste.

Durante Gareth Evans hanesan partidu opozisaun adopta politika balun nebe kontra okupasaun Indonesia nian iha Timor-Leste no bandu ajuda sasan siguranca nia ba Indonesia. Maibe depois de kaer poder Guverno nia troka politika sira nee no dehan iha Timor-Leste laiha problema no laiha violasaun diretus humanus. Hodi nunee partidu trabailhador muda ninia politika ba Timor-Leste no kontinua halo negosiasaun konaba Timor Gap. Nebe mak iha fulan Dezembru 1989 Gareth Evans asina Akordo Timor Gap ho Ministru Negosiu`Estranjeiru Indonesia, Ali Alatas. Akordo ida nee mak halo Australia no Idonesia naok mina Timor-Leste nian no Indonesia mos kontinua ninia okupasaun ilegal iha Timor-Leste mak halo ema rihun 250 mate durante okupasaun.

Gareth Evans kontinua hases hosi justisa ba povo Timor-Leste, maibe agora Timor-Leste iha situasaun politika no siguransa nebe mak la stabil nia mai visita atu hanesan fali nia nunka iha pekado ba povo ida nee. tamba nee dala ida tan ami ejiji para nia tenki rekunhese ninia pekadu liu hosi nia manobra politika nebe mak halo durante nee no husu deskulpa ba povo Timor-Leste.

Dili, 03 Agoustu 2007

Hosi Ami


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