May 2003 

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May 24 - 31
Intl Tribunal Should Try Indon Officers- E. Timor PM

Lisbon pledges USD 9 million to support budget deficit
Belu gov't offers only temporary solution
What Went Wrong in East Timor? [+Alkatiri interview- Oiling the Wheels]
Tax bill 'just beginning' of Dili 'control' over oil, gas - Alkatiri
Dili Case Exposes Jitters Among Foreign Investors

Xanana on ‘Local Governance’
Timor's ex-guerrillas paying a high price

Britain must stop arming Indonesia
HerSun Editorial- Playing favourites

Community nails; tools for Timor

Man in the News -- Sergio Vieira de Mello

E. Timor - No More Walks Up a Mountain For Water

Local Media Monitoring - May 30, 2003
Local Media Monitoring - May 29, 2003
Local Media Monitoring - May 26, 2003

Serious Crimes Unit and other Justice  Updates (May)

Tono Suratman celebrates his acquittal. REUTERS/Suryawan. (see below)  


Amnesty says weak justice system in East Timor undermined rights
IFET: Urges UN Security Council to Create International Tribunal for East Timor
Timor PM slams UN on war criminals
Visao- a year of pragmatism

UN Human Rights Commission
Rights groups rap UN for "weak" statement on Timor trials
RI elected onto Human Rights Commission of UN's ECOSOC
ETAN: UN Human Rights Commission Abandons Justice for East Timor; Pretends Sham Indonesian Trials Are Redeemable
TAPOL/CIIR: Rights groups denounce UN for betraying victims of atrocities in East Timor*
AI: UN Commission on Human Rights fails once again to protect victims of human rights violations*
East Timor rights trial needs int'l pressure
Indonesia seeks UN Human Rights Commission membership
Chance still exists to bring Indonesia military officers to justice
Truth, reconciliation commission chief says more time needed
Truth Commission to hold Women in Conflict hearing

Militias may escape justice over 1999 atrocities
Concern over future of Serious Crimes Unit

ABC: East Timor's Struggling Legal System*
AI: International responsibility for justice
JSMP: Ablai Militia member conditionally released*
JSMP: Departure of international judge means Special Panels for Serious Crimes in East Timor unable to function*

Parliament will not intervene over president's choice of top judge
Jakarta, Dili not serious about human rights cases
Chance For Justice Vanishes For East Timor Victims
ETAN: Praises New Indictment of Indonesian Officials for Crimes in E Timor

SCU: New Indictment Charges 5 TNI Soldiers with Rape
E Timor Indicts Five Indonesian Soldiers On Rape Charges
US praises Timor rights unit
Timor prosecutors indict Indonesian officers for 1999 atrocities
SCU: 2nd Covalima Indictment Charges 8 Indonesian Military Commanders & Officers
SCU: Lolotoe Militia Commander Sentenced To 12 Yrs

NGOs- Building Peace, Justice & Reconciliation
IFET Urges President Xanana Gusmao to Fully Support Accountability for Past Abuses
Nat'l Alliance for International Tribunal Letter UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
East Timor Indictments - A chance to save reform

East Timor Militia Leader Gets 12 Yr Prison Term 

UN troops arrest two ex-militiamen for East Timor rights abuses

see April Serious Crimes Updates

Indonesian Ad-Hoc Court (May)
Indonesia Court Acquits Timor Ex-Army Chief

Gen. Suratman Acquitted of Abuses; Damiri Again Skips His Trial

Tono's verdict to be delivered May 23
Indon army major general skips two rights court hearings

Damiri case postponed again
Amnesty slams Indonesia's "dishonest" Timor rights trials
Indonesia's top judge hits out at Amnesty over Timor trial criticism
Jakarta prosecutors seek 10-year sentence for Indonesian general
Jail Sought For Indonesia General In East Timor Case

see April, March, February updates on Indonesia Ad Hoc Court

May 18 - 24

Independence Year One
Xanana- May 20 Message to the Nation

Xanana confident (interview)
President marks1st independence anniversary with anti-poverty call
Muted celebrations mark E. Timor's first birthday [2 reports]
JRH says E Timor can be self-sufficient
East Timor one year on
Celebration and despair in E Timor
A Year To Remember
Australia welcomes Timor progress, pledges assistance
Poverty, Economy Trouble East Timorese
E Timor Grapples With Past As It Marks First Anniversary
UN envoy bullish about future despite huge challenges

Timor's tutorial in oil politics
Haunted By Loss Of Idealism
Portugal to 'maintain, reinforce' aid programs, says Lisbon official
PKF denies arrests in neutral area

FM Ramos Horta appeals for UN mandate extension to 2006
Gift of sight from Aussie eye tea
Troops Timor -bound

Local Media Monitoring - May 23, 2003
Local Media Monitoring - May 22, 2003
Local Media Monitoring - May 21, 2003
Daily Media Review 21 May 2003
Local Media Monitoring - May 19, 2003

AI's Annual Report 2003: ET, Indonesia
U.S. Committee for Refugees: World Refugee Survey 2003

FPA: Midwives Get Motorcycles to Save Mothers' Lives in Timor-Leste

A Review of Peace Operations: A Case for Change: East Timor chapter 
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste country paper

U.S. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2002: East Timor, Indonesia
Committee to Protect Journalists, from Attacks on the Press 2002: East Timor
Situation of human rights in Timor-Leste - Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

UN: Recent Violence, Rise in Armed Groups Threaten Success in Timor-Leste, Peacekeeping Under-Secretary-general Tells Security Council
Statements by Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Portugal, U.S.,  
UN: Special report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor

24 Reports from East Timor (and Indonesia) Curt Gabrielson spent two years in East Timor working on science education, as well as observing various aspects of East Timor's reconstruction. Here are links to each of his 24 monthly newsletters.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor-Leste website (new official website)
Official Gazette of Government of East Timor

Kissinger Watch

May 13 - 17
ETGOV: Statement on Australia Travel Advice
E Timor- nation in waiting for oil wealth
One Year After Independence E Timor Finds It Tough Going
East Timor President Urges Patience
Prime minister rejects criticism of his government
Trouble in Timor (Martinkus)

'Indonesia should learn from its failure in E. Timor' - Alatas
East Timor joins ban on chemical weapons
ACP membership will boost European investment, says PM Alkatiri
East Timor visit set to proceed
Australia aid increases but cuts to help to Timor
Troops Timor -bound

Local Media Monitoring - May 16, 2003
Daily Media Review 15 May 2003
Daily Media Review 14 May 2003
Daily Media Review 13 May 2003
Daily Media Review 12 May 2003


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May 5 - 12
Timorese bishop in United States seeking support
Future of Catholic Church Will Mainly Be Pastoral- Belo
Man to kayak 600km from Darwin to Dili for charity
Former East Timor refugees unable to vote
Troops Timor -bound

East Timor's Dangerous Windfall (oil)
Thai sports balls to Timor
NTGOV- Territory training for Timor's Fisheries Management Officers
Scandal in Timor

Local Media Monitoring - May 9, 2003
Daily Media Review 09 May
Daily Media Review 07 May 2003
Daily Media Review 6 May
Local Media Monitoring - May 5, 2003
Daily Media Review 05 May 2003

Late April - May 3
Timor hero's grand-daughter yearns for justice
Indonesia, minus East Timor

13th Int'l Press Freedom Day - East Timor
Sex slaves the prize for army, Timor court told

Kissinger Protested in Minneapolis

E Timor parade halts lunch time traffic

U.S. Envoy - Obstacles Block Indonesia Army Ties Restoration
Philippine warning about jobs in ET
Japan looks to E. Timor as test for Iraq

NTNews- Fish for food and malaria control
East Timorese refugees demand asset compensation
E Timor gradually resuming control of its border

Local Media Monitoring - May 2, 2003
Local Media Monitoring - May 1, 2003
Local Media Monitoring - April 30, 2003
Local Media Monitoring - April 29, 2003
Local Media Monitoring - April 28, 2003

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