Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 01 October 2007

[Poster's note: Repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list ( have been removed.]

Monday, 01 October 2007


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National Media Reports

Bishop Basilio: CTF public hearings are positive

The Bishop of the Baucau Diocese, Basilio Nascimento, said that the public hearings of Indonesian and Timor-Leste Commission of Truth and friendship (CTF) held over three days in Dili are a positive thing for the Timorese people.

“If we talk about the incidents, they will not be ignored,” said Bishop Basilio.

Bishop Basilio also said that the reaction of the civil society against CTF is a normal thing, but that civil society should give time for the CTF to conduct the process of justice.

Separately, the Director of Justice and Peace of Baucau Diocese, Fr. Martinho said that the process may move forward, but the important is that leaders are not trying to damage the victims’ future.

Commenting on the position of UN about CTF, Fr. Gusmao said that UN should show its position concretely, not by talking. (TP)

Alfredo should also submit himself to the justice

The 12 accused members of the F-FDTL in relation to the crisis in May last year, who have participated in justice through their lawyers Tommy Zeronimo and Arlindo Dias Sanches, have said Alfredo Reinado should do the same.

“The collaboration of F-FDTL shows that the military respects the law and not just dialogue.

For me, crimes could not be solved through dialogue alone,” said Mr. Sanches.

Mr. Sanches also said that the state and government are giving every opportunity to Alfredo Reinado to solve the problem. (TP)

Ratify the presence of ISF, PN to find reference from the state of TL

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Paulo Martins has confirmed that the presence of International Security Forces (ISF) will agreed between the Governments of Timor-Leste and Australia.

“We are not taking any decision yet to have ratify the continued presence of the ISF. That will be decided between Timor-Leste and Australia,” said Mr. Martins.

Mr. Martins said without that decision, it does not mean that the presence is illegal as there is already an agreement signed by the sovereign organs of Timor-Leste in place. (TP, DN and STL)

International Media Reports

Violence of the generals October 01, 2007 12:00am Article from: Herald Sun Jill Singer (

POLITICAL leaders across the world are fulminating in disgust at the violent crackdown by Burma's military Government on monk-led protesters. But for all the hand-wringing, Burma's military junta remains secure.

A few sanctions here or there won't cause much pain. Nor will a few harsh words.

What's to be done?

Countries such as Australia and the United States are calling on China to intervene because of its strong trade position with Burma.

Who are they kidding?

China is hardly in a position to lecture other countries about the wickedness of slaughtering pro-democracy protesters.

It's better placed to teach Burma how to do it more efficiently, as China did at the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre in which hundreds, if not thousands of Chinese protesters were killed.

Not that the Burmese junta needs much instruction, having slaughtered thousands of protesters itself the year before Tiananmen.

No one really expects China to help solve Burma's problems.

It's just a bit of global spin to cover the unpalatable truth that no one else has.

Several months ago, China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for Burma to improve its human rights.

The rest of the world collectively yawned and it was business as usual.

One of the major global problems in promoting human rights is the loss of moral authority by established democracies.

Those brave dissenters, who flee Burma to seek asylum in Australia, soon find they are summarily detained and shipped off to detention centres in Nauru.

It's the same awful story for those fleeing persecution in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and so on.

Several years ago, I challenged then immigration minister Amanda Vanstone about why Australia was keeping refugees in detention after their claims for protection were found to be valid.

Doesn't happen, she said; Australia doesn't behave like that.

Doesn't it?

Australia now has 72 refugees from Sri Lanka being held in detention on Nauru, even after being granted refugee status.


The UN wants Australia to take them in, but our Government refuses and says some other country can have them. And so these innocent, persecuted refugees languish on a remote Pacific island detention centre, courtesy of the Australian taxpayer.

That's our record on human rights for you.

Search beyond the spin and you'll find that self-interest lies behind much of Australia's rhetoric about human rights.

Our military assistance in helping East Timor gain independence from Indonesia, for example. Haven't we done nicely out of that little deal?

While most East Timorese have trouble feeding their families, Australia played hardball in scoring a lucrative slice of oil and gas deposits in the Timor Strait.

The Australian Government also went into overdrive condemning the human rights abuses of Iraq's Saddam Hussein.

Yet, it turned a blind eye while the Australian Wheat Board paid hundreds of millions of dollars in kickbacks to the former dictator.

Earlier this year, Defence Minister Brendan Nelson let slip the truth of why our troops are in Iraq.

The reason is oil, just as many critics of the war suspected all along. Now, America's Alan Greenspan has confirmed it. A prominent Republican and for 18 years head of the US Federal Reserve, Greenspan says he's saddened by the politically inconvenient knowledge that the Iraq war is largely about oil.

Human rights?

What a sad joke it's become.

Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer last week took Iran to task for supplying weapons to Iraqi militias.

He also scoffed at the Iranian President's claim that Iran doesn't abuse the human rights of homosexuals because it doesn't have homosexuals. Absurd, said Downer. And he was right.

Even more absurd is that our Federal Government is supporting the development of Iran's growing military might.

During the Sydney APEC summit, Prime Minister John Howard approved a multi-billion-dollar deal with Russia to provide it with uranium.

A condition of the sale was that it wouldn't go to Iran. Howard assured the Australian public he would really put Russian President Vladimir Putin through the ropes over this.

Yet, suddenly, Russia has more than enough uranium to meet its own civil power needs.

Reports from Tehran reveal the first shipments of enriched uranium are about to be shipped from Russia to Iran's first nuclear plant.

But our Government isn't worried one little bit, instead choosing to cry crocodile tears over the treatment of monks in Burma.

Read it and weep. Better still, demand that a genuine commitment to human rights is put back on the political agenda.

NATIONAL NEWS SOURCES: Timor Post (TP) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Tempo (DT) Diario Nacional (DN) Semanario Televisaun Timor-Leste (TVTL)


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