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Photographs from the demonstration outside the
Public Hearing of the
Indonesia-Timor-Leste Truth and Friendship Commission (TFC)

Dili, September 25, 2007

The groups which organized this demonstration will hold an Alternative Public Hearing on 28-29 September. Details below.

Click on any of these photos to download a higher-resolution file.

Demonstrators assembled at University of Timor-Leste before marching to the site if the hearings in the ex-prison in Balide.
Banner reads "Justice Must Come from Courts
 Not Political Compromises"
Banner reads "No Peace Without Justice
Dissolve TFC
Bring Human Rights Violators to Court"
Approaching the TFC site, with their public hearing announced by a banner across the street.
Initially there were no police other than TFC security, but UNPOL and GNR (Portuguese riot squad) arrived. The demanded that the demonstrators move across the street and stop using amplified sound, but eventually the police were persuaded that this was a legal, peaceful action and the demonstrators were allowed to continue.
Banner reads "We totally reject the politics of TFC"
Banner: "There is no Justice, Peace"The TFC hearing was recessed for several hours during the demonstration. Those who came outside saw this row of banners and speakers (albeit through a chain-link fence).
Edio Saldanha Borges, one of the organizers and a victims' family representative to the Timor-Leste National Alliance for an International TribunalJose Caetano Guterres, of the East Timor Crisis Reflection Network. The former prison which housed the Commission on Truth, Reception and Reconciliation (CAVR) and now the TFC is in the background.Jose Teixeira, FRETILIN member of Parliament.

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Alternative public hearing to meet the TFC Hearing

Audensia Publika Alternative Hasoru CVA nia Audensia


Timor Leste – Indonesia


28-29 September 2007

Place: Canossian Sisters Meeting Room, Becora, Dili

Hours: 8:30 am to 17:00

Ho Respeitu,

Nudar ita hotu hatene katak maske Timor Leste monu iha krise naruk nia laran iha tinan 2006 no 2007 maibe Comisaun Verdade no Amizade (CVA) halao namanas nia Audensia Publika iha Denpasar no Jakarta Indonesia. Vitimas no sasin nain Timor nian balun hetan konvite hodi fo sasin iha Audensia hirak ne'e. Atende ne'e eis maluk pro Otonomista no Generais Indonesia nian mos fo sasin iha Audensia hirak ne'e.

Tuir observasaun sosiedade sivil Timor Leste no 'Indonesia hateten katak Audensia Publika nebe CVA halao la sai hanesan eventu ida. hodi buka lia los maibe sai fali nudar fatin ba generais Indonesia sira hodi defende an hosi nia responsabilidade ba violasaun Direitus Humanos iha Timor Leste 1999. Hetok at liu tan mak sira alega katak violasaun direitus humanos iha Timor Leste ne'e responsabilidade pro independensia no ONU nian. Ne'e hatudu katak Audensia publika nebe CVA halao sai nudar fatin hodi promove no haburas fali impunidade. Nudar parte sosiedade Timor Leste nian ami hanoin katak hahalok CVA nian ne'e bete sai ameasa ba Justisa no Amizade entre Timor Leste no Indonesia iha futuru.

CVA nudar instituisaun bilateral ida nebe Presidente Timor Leste no Indonesia nian mak hari iha 2005. CVA nia prezensa hamosu polemika pro kontra iha komunidade Timor Leste, Indonesia inklui komunidade Internasional nia oin. To'o ohin loron ONU rasik la fo apoiu masimu ba CVA. Alende ne'e sosiedade Sivil lha Timor Leste no Indonesia mos la fo apoiu ba prezensa CVA nian.

Maske nune tuir planu CVA atu organiza Audensia Publika ida iha Dili, iha loron 25 -27 Setembru 2007.

Tan ne'e atu kria balansu informasaun kona violasaun Direitus Humanos iha Timor Leste 1999 mak ami hosi sosiedade sivil Timor Leste hakarak organisa audensia Publika Alternativa hasoru audensia CVA. Ho razaun hirak ne'e ami hakarak konvida ita hodi partisipa iha Audensia alternativa nebe sei halao iha

Loron :               28 — 29 Setembru 2007

Fatin :                Aula Susteran Canosiana Becora/Dili

Horas :               08.30 — 17.30

Audensia ne'e loke Publiku neduni ita bele lori mos kolega ka membru familia seluk.

Mak ne'e deit no obrigado barak ba ita nia kooperasaun.

Dili, 24 Setembru 2007

With Respect,

We all know that despite Timor-Leste falling into a long crisis in 2006 and 2007, the Truth and Friendship Commission (TFC) held Public Hearings in Denpasar and Jakarta, Indonesia. Some Timorese victims and witnesses were invited to give testimony at these hearings. In attendance were former pro-Autonomy supporters and Indonesian generals, who also gave testimony.

According to Timor-Leste civil society’s observations, “Indonesia said that the TFC public hearings are an event. They claim to look for the truth, but they give space for the Indonesian generals who to defend themselves and deny their responsibility for human rights violations in Timor-Leste in 1999. Even worse, they allege that the human rights violations in Timor-Leste are the responsibility of the pro-independence side and the United Nations. This shows that the TFC Public Hearings have become a place to promote and nurture impunity. Timor-Leste civil society thinks that TFC has become a threat to future Justice and Friendship between Timor-Leste and Indonesia.

TFC is a bilateral institution which the Presidents of Timor-Leste and Indonesia created in 2005. TFC’s presence brings debates for and against within the Timor-Leste and Indonesia  communities, in the face of the international community. Until today, the UN itself does not give support to the TFC. And civil society in Timor-Leste and Indonesia also do not support the presence of TFC.

TFC plans to organize a Public Hearing in Dili, on 25-27 September 2007.

In order to create balanced information about human rights violations in Timor-Leste in 1999, we from Timor-Leste civil society are organizing an Alternative Public Hearing to respond to the TFC hearing. For these reasons, we would like to invite you to participate in this alternative hearing, which will be held on

Date: 28-29 September 2007

Place: Canossian Sisters Meeting Room
Becora, Dili

Hours: 8:30 am to 17:00

This hearing is open to the public, please bring friends and members of your family.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Dili, 24 September 2007,


Edio Saldanha Borges, Alliance for International Tribunal ANTI
Ph:7284602   Email:

Jose Caetano Guterres, East Timor Crisis Reflection Network (ETCRN)
Ph: 7253877

Program for the Alternative Public Hearing

First Day (Friday, 28 September)

08.00 - 09.00     Registu Bainaka
Participants Registration

09.00 - 09.15      Bemvindo ho Organizadora
Welcome by organizers

09.15 - 09.35     Diskursu Abertura Hosi Bispo Diocese Dili
Opening Remarks by the Bishop of Dili

Sasin / Testimony

 09.35 - 10.00    Panelista sira hola fatin iha oin
Panel in the front

 10.00 - 10.30    Sasin hosi Jose Nunes, Sobreviventes iha Masakre Liquica 1999
Testimony by Jose Nunes, Survivor of Liquica Massacre 1999

 10.30 - 10.45    Snack

 10.45 - 11.15    Sasin hosi Atina, Sobreviventes iha asaun oho iha Polres Maliana 1999
Testimony by Atina, Survivor of killings in Maliana Police Station 1999

 11.15 - 11.45    Sasin hosi ILIGIO, Sobreviventes iha Masakre Igreija Suai 1999
Testimony by Iligio, Survivor of Massacre in Suai Church 1999

 11.45 - 12. 25   Sasin hosi Flaviano, Sobreviventes iha asaun oho iha Ermera 1999
Testimony by Flaviano, Survivor of killings in Ermera 1999

 12.25 - 13.00    Sasin hosi Malewe Guera, Sobreviventes iha Asaun Oho iha Lospalos 1999
Testimony by Malewe Guera, Survivor of killings in Lospalos 1999

 13.00 -14.00     Lunch

 14.00 - 14.30    Sasin hosi Ilidia da Silva, Kaben Saudoso Mahudo, 1999
Testimony Ilidia da Silva, widow of Patriotic Mauhudo, 1999

 14.30 - 15.00    Sasin hosi Agung Putri, ELSAM
Testimony from Agung Putri, Elsam, Indonesia

 15.00 -15.15     Snack

 15.15 - 15.45    Sasin hosi Annan no Haris, Kontras
Indonesia Testimony from Kontras/Indonesia

 15.45 - 14.30    Konferensia ba imprensa
Press conference

Second Day (Saturday, 29 September)

 08.00 - 09.00    Regista Bainaka / Partisipantes / Registration

 09.00 - 09.30    Panel hola Fatin iha Oin
Panel took place in the front

 09.30 - 10.00    Sasin hosi Sr. Riak Leman
Testimony from Riak Leman

 10.00 -10.15     Snack

 10.15 - 10.45    Sasin hosi Charles Scheiner, IFET
Testimony from Charles Scheiner, IFET

 10.45 - 11.30    Sasin hosi Ego Lemos
Testimony from Ego Lemos

 11.30 - 12.30    Diskusaun Panel Kona ba Verdade no Justisa mak dalan ba Amizade entre Timor Leste ho Indonesia
Panel discussion on Truth and Justice the road to friendship between Timor-Leste and Indonesia

 12.30 - 14.00    Lunch no Preparasaun ba enceramento
Lunch and preparation for closing

 14.00 - 15.00    Diskursu Enceramento hosi Presidente Parlamento Nacional
Closing Remarks by the President of National Parliament

 15.00 - 15.30    Konferensia ba Imprensa
Press Conference

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