Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 15 December 2006

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United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste

Public Information Unit

Daily Media Review Friday, 15 December 2006


National Media Reports

Manuel Tilman: the job of General Prosecutor mixed with politics

MP Manuel Tilman in Committee A of the NP stated that General Prosecutor Longinhos Monteiro mixes his work with politics. Tilman added that the General Prosecutor must more pay more attention to his tasks and especially focus more on the judiciary problems and not be preoccupied with political interests. (TP)

Leandro: if I go to prison, it's base on discrimination so a revolution could emerge

MP Leandro Isac stated that if those national leaders still discriminate, and if he must go to jail, then the leaders must be prepared to face the consequence. He added that a mental and physical revolution could emerge. (TP, JN-Diario)

Threatening Labadai and Railos could lead to loss of evidence

Both MPs Alexandre Corte Real and Manuel Tilman stated that when Marcos Piedade Labadai and Vicente da Conceção Railos still receive threats from some groups or person, evidence could be lost because of the threats. Therefore the Public Prosecutor must be responsible for 24-hour security in order to protect them as witnesses. (TP, JN-Diario)

Jose Reis: Mario Carrascalão does not understand the constitution

First vice Secretary General of Fretelin Jose Maria dos Reis stated that president of the PSD party Mario Viegas Carrascalão, formerly an assembly constituent member, does not understand the constitution yet. Reis said this in response to Carrascalão’s comment in the Diario newspaper on 13 December that Alkatiri must be embarrassed to return to the National Parliament. (TP, JN-Diario)

Radio and TV News

Rains bring destruction to IDPs

Almost 80% of shelter and belongings of IDPs in Metinaro were destroyed by rain on Wednesday. Around 1,700 families live in the camp and they are not happy with the present situation. The IDPs within Dili are also upset because their camps are flooded and have affected new born babies, children and elders. IDPs in Metinaro called upon the Government to protect the lives of the people, demanding that the government should accelerate the construction of temporary shelters. In Metinaro, two government cars were damaged by IDPs because they are not happy with the manner in which the Government is handling the present situation. The IDPs complained because they have had many meetings with Government officials but there is no result and only empty promises.

Appeal of the National Parliament to the Government

In responding to the demands of IDPs, the Speaker of the National Parliament has appealed to the Government and demanded the acceleration of construction for temporary shelters because the situation of the IDPs is deteriorating. The government has to ensure that the IDPs move from their camps to new shelters. At the same time, Mr. Lu'Olo called upon IDPs and the youth to stop rock throwing and violence because it will not help to restore peace and tranquility within the community.

Acting SRSG has appealed to IDPs to accept the options

Yesterday in a press conference, Acting SRSG Mr. Finn Reske-Nielsen called on the IDPs to move from their present camps in order to avoid epidemic diseases. Mr. Finn added that the UN supports the options proposed by the government and suggests that the IDPs accept the options in order to prevent future health problems for everyone.

National Parliament authorized MP Leandro Isac to give his declaration to the office of the Prosecutor General

Yesterday, Commission A of the National Parliament decided to authorize MP Leandro Isac to give his declaration to the office of the Prosecutor-General, responding to accusations for attacking the residence of Brigadier-General Taur-Matan Ruak and possessing illegal weapons. The decision was taken by vote; 56 votes in favour. It is reported that MP Leandro himself voted in favour of the decision. Mr. Isac said that his decision illustrates that he placed justice above everything else and is willing to cooperate with the office of the Prosecutor-General to ensure that justice takes its course in this country.

National Parliament plans to discuss the report of the Eventual Commission

Mr. Lu'Olo, Speaker of the National Parliament, said that there will be a special session on Monday, 18 December, to discuss the findings and recommendations of the Eventual Commission. The Commission submitted the report a few days ago. The aim of the discussion is to analyse the findings for further decision making. Mr. Lu'Olo said that there are new findings which were not found in the report of the CoI.

International Media Reports

Coroner leaves door open to subpoena Whitlam Friday, December 15, 2006. 2:47pm (AEDT) Gough Whitlam may still be asked to appear at the Balibo Five inquest. (ABC TV) The New South Wales deputy coroner has left open the possibility former prime minister Gough Whitlam may be called to give evidence at the inquest into the deaths of five Australian journalists in East Timor in 1975. A lawyer for the family of one of the journalists yesterday told the Glebe Coroner's Court there was evidence the Government knew of Indonesia's intentions to invade East Timor and had an obligation to warn the Balibo Five. He said Mr Whitlam needed to reveal whether he was personally aware of the intelligence reports. Deputy state coroner Dorelle Pinch has ruled the scope of the inquest will not be widened to include whether the Government was obliged to protect the men and therefore Mr Whitlam would not be called to give evidence on that matter. But she said the Indonesian Government's knowledge of the men and its intentions were relevant, and she did not rule out Mr Whitlam giving evidence on that topic. (ABC)

UCAN: Catholic diocese launches Advent campaign against domestic violence 12/13/2006 - UCANews ATAMBUA, Indonesia (UCAN) Atambua Diocese in West Timor wants local Catholics to reflect on the widespread problem of domestic violence and how to deal with it, as a way of preparing for Christmas. The Pastoral Center of the diocese based in Atambua, 2,000 kilometers east of Jakarta, kicked off the campaign by distributing 6,000 brochures on how to build a violence-free Christian family to catechists in Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC). These neighborhood groups gather to reflect on the gospel and to act on problems facing their community. Dec. 3 was the first of the four Sundays of Advent this year. The goal of the catechesis, according to the brochure, is "to help parishioners realize the root cause of domestic violence and look for the right solution to build a harmonious, peaceful and loving Christian family." Yoseph Hello, executive secretary of Atambua's catechetical commission, told UCA News on Nov. 25 that physical, verbal and psychological abuse occurs within the home. "Violence, especially domestic violence, occurs here almost every day," he said. Recent cases involving domestic violence reported in the local media include a father raping his daughter, a woman wounding her son in the head with a knife after he verbally abused her and a woman divorcing her drunken husband after being beaten. Urging all Catholics of the diocese to focus their attention on domestic violence during Advent, Hello hoped that prayer and sharing during catechesis in BECs would help people "realize the need to battle domestic violence with the peace, love and forgiveness that arise from the love of Jesus." Catholics form more than 90 percent of the 450,000 people in the diocesan area, which covers Belu and North Central Timor districts along the border with East Timor. Divine Word Father Yustus Asa, vicar general of Atambua, welcomed the campaign to help Christian families live peacefully. He described the program as in line with Jesus' mission and the meaning of Christmas as a holiday, because Jesus was born to bring peace and love to all human beings. "He comes to the world as the King of Peace. All kinds of violence are contrary to Jesus Christ's mission: to proclaim the love of God the Father and to free people from sins," Father Asa said. From Nov. 14 to 25, a team from the Pastoral Center introduced the brochures and trained 258 catechetical guides. These guides included religion teachers and catechetical workers from Atambua's 54 parishes. They are expected to share with other catechists what they learned during the training. The diocese has 39 full-time and 417 volunteer catechists. (Catholic Online)

Film competition shines light in dark corners Nauval Yazid, Contributor, Jakarta One of the competitions at the Jakarta International Film Festival (JiFFest) this year that may get overlooked by many is for films on human rights. Thirteen films have been selected in this section and only one will be awarded 5,000 euros, sponsored by the Movies that Matter foundation, the Dutch section of Amnesty International. The prize will be used to secure the distribution rights of the film in Indonesia. Interestingly, the competition somehow serves as a reminder of the big fuss about the banning of four films on Aceh and Timor Leste by the government's censorship board last month. This undeniably leads to a question on whether Indonesian film audiences are ready to see heavyweight material in public cinemas, as films with big themes like human rights tend to feature dark episodes on human rights violations. Italy's Once You are Born, the U.S.' Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars and Israel's Live and Become deal with refugees and forced migration. Germany's The Lives of Others and the U.S.' Beyond the Call deal with intrusion into other people's lives, the former showing the damaging effect while the latter seeing it in a positive way. On the other hand, the UK's Black Gold reveals the exploitation of cheap labor by giant coffee companies, while Death in Gaza and Sweden's Leila Khaled the Hijacker bring different views on terrorism in the Middle East. But the ones that may be closest to a local audience are the Netherlands' Promised Paradise and Singapore's A Hero's Journey. The former follows a journey of a puppeteer in confronting Imam Samudra, a mastermind of the Bali bombing in 2002, while the latter features Timor Leste President Xanana Gusmao, as host in a feature documentary on him and his country's struggle for independence. Whether these films will get to see their commercial release in Indonesian cinemas anytime soon depends on how they are rated by a jury that comprises Maria Hartiningsih (human rights journalist, Indonesia), David Robinson (film critic and author, UK), and Robby Miller (cinematographer, Germany). At least, they will still get to be screened on a limited number of occasions during JiFFest this year. With many local filmgoers treating cinemas as a place for pure escapism from the rigors of everyday life, the competition will function as a something of a catalyst. The main course will still be the candy, but a sweet taken after a bitter pill can often taste even better. It's all part of the rewarding film going experience, as JiFFest is intended to be. (President Xanana is scheduled to make a visit to Jakarta when he will watch the Indonesian premiere of A Hero's Journey with a specially invited audience Dec. 16.) (The Jakarta Post)


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