Klibur Solidaridade Timor-Leste / Timor-Leste Solidarity Group

Sekretariadu: Oficina Asosiasaun HAK, Farol, Dili, Timor-Leste
Telp. +670-331-3323, email: timorsolidarity@gmail.com, www.laohamutuk.org/solidarity

Strengthening Solidarity: The Struggle for Justice Continues
Hametin Solidaridade: Luta Nafatin Ba Justisa

Conference Declaration / Deklarasaun husi Konferensia

29 August 2009

Links to Conference agenda/report, Project invitation, this declaration as PDF (English or Tetum) and Exhibition details.
Klibur Solidaridade project narrative and financial reports.

Solidarity from and for Timor-Leste

29 August 2009 - On the 10th anniversary of Timor-Leste’s historic vote for independence, activists from five continents came together to reaffirm their solidarity with the newly independent country. Meeting in Dili, more than 200 people from solidarity groups in 18 countries discussed the continuing need for justice and accountability. In addition to ending impunity for those who committed crimes against humanity and other human rights violations during Indonesia’s illegal occupation, participants developed proposals to address current issues, including economic justice, gender justice and West Papua.

Participants in the three-day conference, “Strengthening Solidarity: The Struggle for Justice Continues,” ranged in age from 15 to 85 years. They warmly welcomed long-time supporters of Timor such as Carmel Budiardjo of TAPOL in England and James Dunn, a former Australian diplomat sent to Portuguese Timor 48 years ago. Many young Timorese enthusiastically participated, exchanging ideas with veteran activists from Timor-Leste and abroad.

Attendees both from inside and outside Timor had worked for self-determination for the occupied country. They campaigned together for a decade or more to end the quarter-century of Indonesian occupation and to enable the Timorese to determine their political destiny, which they voted for overwhelmingly on 30 August 1999. Both Timorese and international participants reaffirmed their support for Timor-Leste’s development as a new nation based on economic, legal and social justice.

Three Timorese leaders who worked with solidarity activists in exile and later rose to high government positions addressed the conference. President José Ramos-Horta graciously opened the conference, telling stories of his long association with some of the long-time activists present. Mari Alkatiri, Secretary-General of FRETILIN and former Prime Minister, said that “if we don’t continue to talk about justice, we shouldn’t have thought we could rule ourselves.” Agio Pereira, Secretary of State for the Council of Ministers, closed the conference.

Participants enthusiastically endorsed self-determination for West Papua and Western Sahara and ending military rule in Burma and human rights violations in Sri Lanka. They also clearly linked the struggle for justice for Timor-Leste with that for democracy and human rights in Indonesia. Participants felt strongly that others should benefit from the international solidarity extended to Timor-Leste over the decades.

Solidarity activists from Indonesia and Ireland, and two Timorese women, one who worked with the solidarity movement from inside the country and another from Australia, shared their experiences and analysis of their activist campaigns that led up to the referendum. People involved in unfinished human rights and self-determination struggles for Burma, Sri Lanka, Western Sahara and West Papua urged participants to extend their solidarity. Speakers on the second day detailed the consequences of impunity, as well as obstacles to and mechanisms for achieving justice for crimes committed during the brutal Indonesian occupation of Timor-Leste.

Workshops then discussed future solidarity actions on several topics. The justice group reaffirmed the need to end the culture of impunity through the creation of an international tribunal and urged more coordination of international and local campaigns for justice. They called for greater dissemination of Chega!, the report of the Timor-Leste truth and reconciliation commission (CAVR). The group on economic justice called for people-centered development that benefits all Timorese citizens, as well as greater transparency and accountability from government. The gender justice workshop called for improving the judicial system to better support victims of conflicts over the years. The People-to-people/religious solidarity group encouraged religious denominations to get more involved in working for justice and accountability and to provide more information about human rights issues. The Solidarity with West Papua group strongly supported self-determination for the Indonesian-controlled territory.

The conference urged the government of Timor-Leste, the international community and the UN to take principled action against impunity, and demanded an international tribunal for Timor-Leste, saying there cannot be impunity for crimes from 1975-1999. The conference urged attention to the victims of sexual violence from the Japanese occupation as well (1942-1945).

The conference called on Timor-Leste’s National Parliament to debate the CAVR and the joint Commission on Truth and Friendship (CTF) recommendations. We urge the Timor-Leste government to implement the CAVR recommendations. Governments of other nations must also implement the CAVR recommendations that are addressed to them. The Timorese government and parliament must attend to the victims of the occupation and intra-Timorese violence, and the UN must establish the solidarity fund to support victims of the occupation. The conference urged cooperation in resolving the cases of stolen children, and investigation into the question of people disappeared. The problem of the East Timorese “refugees” in Indonesia must also not be forgotten; their living condition is growing from bad to worse.

Attendees plan to amplify the voices of the victims of war, violence and occupation and push responsible governments to improve the living conditions of victims. We need to improve data collection on victims (including victims of sexual violence); NGOs need to consolidate the data they have collected (on present and past victims), and use that data to end the cycle of violence.

The conference demanded an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the killings of Papuan political leaders and human rights activists, including Arnold Ap, Opinus Tabuni, Theys Eluay and his driver Aristoteles Masoka. The participants urged a peaceful dialogue between the government of Indonesia and representatives of the people of Papua. They urged the government of Indonesia to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the implementation of “Special Autonomy” in West Papua and open its results to public. The conference urged international agencies and governments who support “Special Autonomy” to evaluate and review that support. They also demanded the release of all West Papuan political prisoners wherever they are, including those detained by Indonesian Regional Police of West Papua in Jayapura.

The conference condemned the recent attack by Morocco on Saharawi activists and human rights defenders in Tan Tan, Morocco. The participants extended their solidarity for the implementation of the peace agreement in Aceh, and for the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Mindanao.

Participants came from Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, the United States, West Papua and Zimbabwe.

Funding was provided by CAFOD, Catholic Relief Services, Caritas Australia, Caritas Aotearoa (New Zealand), Development and Peace, HIVOS, Progressio, and Trócaire.

The conference is part of a series of activities including an exhibition illustrating global solidarity activities over the years now open at Fundaçăo Oriente, Dili, through 5 September. Visiting activists from overseas and Timorese students visited rural communities in Maubisse and Ermera to expand their understanding of people’s daily lives and how they are cooperating for mutual benefit.

Link to PDF version of this declaration.

Solidaridade husi no ba Timor-Leste

29 de Agusto 2009 - Iha aniversariu tinan 10 Timor-Leste nia vota ba independensia, ativista sira husi kontinente 5 halibur hamutuk atu reafirma sira nia solidaridade ho nasaun independente foun ne’e. Ema liu 200 husi grupu solidaridade oi-oin, husi nasaun 18 deskuti kona ba kontinuasaun nesesidade ba justisa no akuntabilidade. Aleinde atu hapara impunidade ba sira ne’ebe komete krime kontra umanidade no violasaun direitus umanus sira seluk durante okupasaun illegal Indonesia, partisipantes sira harí hanoin atu hatan ba asuntu atual sira, hanesan justisa ekonomia, justisa generu no West Papua.

Partisipantes sira ne’ebe tuir konferensia loron tolu, “Hametin Solidaridade: Luta nafatin ba Justisa” mai husi idade 15 to’o 85. Sira haksolok atu simu sira ne’ebe luta hamutuk ba Timor iha tempu naruk ba luta ukun rasik an hanesan Carmel Budiardjo husi TAPOL iha Inglatera no James Dunn, eis diplomata Australia ne’ebe haruka ba Timor Portugues iha tinan 48 liu ba. Juventude Timorense barak mak entusiasmu atu partisipa, troka ideia ho ativista veteranu husi Timor-Leste no rai liur.

Partisipantes sira husi Timor laran no rai liur, servisu tiha ona ba auto determinasaun ba rai ne’ebe hetan okupasaun. Sira halo kampanye hamutuk liu tinan 10 atu hapara okupasaun Indonesia, ba direitu Timor oan sira nian atu deside destinu politika ne’ebe ikus mai atinji tiha ona wainhira sira vota barak liu ba independensia iha 30 de Agusto 1999. Partisipantes Timor oan no internasional sira reafirma sira nia komitmentu atu suporta Timor-Leste atu hari sira nia nasaun foun bazeia ba justisa ekonomia, justisa legal no justisa social.

Ema nain tolu ne’ebe ativu iha rai liur no dadaun ne’e sira tur iha pozisaun a’as Governo nian iha Timor-Leste independente koalia iha konferensia. Presidente José Ramos Horta ho haksolok fo benvindu iha konferensia ne’e, koalia kona ba historia ninia amizade ho ativista solidariedade veteranus sira ne’ebe marka prezensa iha konferensia ne’e. Mari Alkatiri, sekretariu geral Fretilin no eis Primeiru Ministru, hateten ba partisipante sira ne’e katak “se ita la kontinua koalia kona ba justisa, diak liu uluk ita la hanoin atu ukun rasik a’an”. Agio Pereira, Sekretariu Estadu ba Konselho Ministru mak taka konferensia.

Partisipantes Timor oan sira no internasional sira fo suporta ho entuziasmu ba luta ba auto determinasaun ba Papua Occidental no Sahara Occidental no hapara regime militar iha Burma. Sira ejiji ba Governo Sri Lanka atu hapara violasaun direitu humanos. Sira mos klaramente liga justisa ba Timor ho demokrasia no direitus humanus iha Indonesia. Partisipantes sira fiar tebes katak sira seluk tenke hetan benefisiu husi solidaridade internasional ne’ebe hato’o ba Timor-Leste ba tempu naruk.

Iha loron dahuluk konferensia, aktivista solidaridade sira husi Indonesia no Irlanda, feto Timor-oan nain rua, ida ne’ebe servisu hamutuk movimentu solidaridade husi railaran no ida seluk husi Australia. Sira fahe sira nia esperiensia no analiza kona-ba aktividade ne’ebe konsege hetan referendum. Ema ne’ebe involve iha luta ba direitus humanus no autodeterminasaun ne’ebe seidauk remata ba Burma, Sri Lanka, Sahara Occidental, no Papua Occidental ezije partisipantes sira atu hato’o sira-nia solidaridade. Koalia-nain iha loron daruak ko’alia detalhadu kona-ba rezultadu husi impunidade, no mós obstakulus no mekanisme sira atu hetan justiza ba krime ne’ebe komete durante okupasaun brutal nian.

Grupu lima diskuti kona-ba aksaun solidaridade iha futuru ho topiku oin-oin. Grupu justiza reafirma nesisidade atu hapara kultura impunidade liu husi harii tribunal internasional no ezije koordinasaun diak liu-tan ba aktividade internasional no lokal ba justiza. Sira husu diseminasaun maka’as liu ba Chega, relatoriu final ne’ebe CAVR hasai tiha ona. Grupu kona-ba justiza ekonomiku apelu ba desenvolvimentu ne’ebe povo sai nu’udar ninia sentru ne’ebe fo benefisiu liu ba sidadaun Timor-Leste hotu-hotu, transparensia ne’ebe klean liu-tan, no akuntabilidade husi governu. Grupu justiza jéneru apelu ba hadia sistema judisial atu suporta diak liu-tan vitima sira husi konflitu durante tinan barak. Grupu solidariade povo ba povo no relijiusu anima denominasoens relijiozu sira atu involve sira-nia aan iha servisu ba justiza no akuntabilidade. Sira mós husu ba informasaun liu tan kona-ba asuntu direitus humanus ba povo Timor-Leste. Grupu solidaridade ba Papua Occidental suporta maka’as autodeterminasaun ba teritoriu ne’ebe Indonesia kontrola.

Konferensia ezije ba governo Timor-Leste, komunidade internasional, no ONU atu halo asaun ne’ebe bazeia ba prinsipiu kontra impunidade, no ezije harii tribunal internasional ba Timor-Leste, hodi dehan katak la bele iha impunidade ba krime graves ne’ebe akontese durante 1975 to’o 1999. Konferensia mós ezije atu fo atensaun ba vitima husi violensia seksual iha tempu okupasaun Japonese (1942-1945).

Konferensia husu ba Parlamentu Nasional Timor-Leste atu halo debate kona-ba rekomendasaun sira husi CAVR no Comissăo de Verdade e Amizade (CVA). Sira ezije governo Timor-Leste atu implementa rekomendasaun sira husi Chega. Governu husi nasaun sira seluk mós tenke implementa rekomendasaun sira ne’ebe CAVR hato’o ba sira. Governu no Parlamentu Timor tenke tau matan ba vitima sira husi okupasaun nian no mós violensia entre Timor-oan sira. ONU mós tenke harii fundus atu suporta vitima sira husi okupasaun. Konferensia ejizi kooperasaun atu resolve kazu labarik no ema sira ne’ebe lakon tiha ona. Problema “refugiadus timor oan sira uluk” iha Indonesia nian mós la bele haluha. Kondisaun sira nia moris nian sai aat tinan ba tinan.

Partisipantes sira mos amplifika lian vitima funu nian, vitima violencia no okupasaun no dudu governo sira nebe responsabliza atu hadia vitima sira nia kondisaun moris. Ita presiza hadia baze de dadus nebe halibur ona kona ba vitima sira (inklui vitima violensia sexual); NGO sira presiza konsolida data sira nebe sira halibur ona (kona ba vitima pasadu no prezente nian), no uza data sira ne’e atu hapara siklu violensia.

Konferensia nee ezije atu hapara impunidade ba autor nebe involve iha oho ba lider politico Papua nian no aktivista direitus humanus nian, inklui Arnold Ap, Opinus Tabuni, Theys Eluay no ninia xofer Aristoteles Masoka. Participante sira ezije atu iha dialogo entre governo Indonesia no representante husi povo Papua nian. Sira ezije governo Indonesia nian atu halao avaliasaun ida komprensivo kona ba implementasaun “Autonomia Espesial” iha Papua Occidental no loke nia rezultado ba publiko. Paricipante sira mos ezije agensia internasional sira no mos governo nebe suporta “Autonomia Espesial” tenki halo avaliasaun no hare fila fali apoio ne’e. Sira mos ezije atu fo livre ba prizioneiro politico Papua Occidental nian mak iha nebe deit, inklui sira nebe detem iha Polisia Regional Indonesia nian husi Papua Occidental iha Jayapura.

Konferensia nee kondena ataka foin lalais Morocco mak halo kontra ativista no sira nebe defende direitus humanus iha Tan Tan, Morocco. Participante sira mak fo sira nia solidaridade ba implementasaun akordo dame nian iha Aceh, no mos ba resolusaun ho dame ba konflitu iha Mindanao.

Partisipantes sira mai husi Australia, Canada, Inglaterra, Finlandia, Fransa, German, Indonesia, Irlanda, Japaun, Nederland, Nova Zelandia, Filipinas, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Estadus Unidos Amerika, Papua Occidental no Zimbabwe.

Fundo mai husi CAFOD, Catholic Relief Services, Caritas Australia, Caritas Aotearoa (New Zealand), Development and Peace, HIVOS, Progressio, no mos Trocaire. Konferensia nee mos hetan suporta husi participante sira no mos husi grupos hirak nebe mak involve iha Klibur Solidaridade.

Konferensia nee nudar parte ida husi aktividade sira seluk inklui ezebisaun nebe hatudu aktividade solidariedade global iha tinan barak nia laran, oras nee dadaun loke iha Fundasaun Oriente, Dili to’o loron 5 de Setembro. Aktivista sira husi rai liur mos halo vizita hamutuk ho estudante Timor sira ba komunidade sira iha rural hanesan Maubisse no Ermera atu loke sira nia komprensaun kona ba povo nia moris lor-loron nian no oinsa sira bele kopera atu hetan benefisio komum.

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