Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 18 November 2005

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Daily Media Review

Friday 18 November 2005

National Media Reports

PNTL Identifying Alleged Agitators in Odelgomo

STL reports that Minister of Interior Rogerio Tiago Lobato confirmed to the media that PNTL is currently conducting an operation in order to identify the alleged armed group, suspected of occupying a former FALINTIL camp recently in Odelgomo village of Bobonaro District. Moreover, Lobato also reportedly said that currently there are so many movements being created by certain groups on purpose in order to disrupt the stability of Timor-Leste. The disruptions is being created, he added, to prohibit foreigners to come to invest their money in Timor-Leste. (STL). Diario Nacional reports that Minister of Interior Rogerio Lobato has told reporters that the PNTL have identified a number of organizations occupying former Falintil camps, which are trying to create instability. Lobato declined to provide names of the groups to reporters, and only indicated that he is aware of the groups and that the PNTL are currently carrying out operations in these areas. He also reportedly said that it is possible that these groups are also interested in causing trouble in relation to the 2007 general elections. (DN)

SAHE curtail membership of staff member

It is reported that the Sahe Institute for Liberation has taken the decision to curtail the membership of one of their staff, Mateus Goncalves, as a result of his involvement in the Timor-Leste-Indonesia joint Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Coordinator of the Institute, Nuno Rodrigues, has stated that SAHE has been against the Commission ever since it was established, because the Commission does not benefit the victims of the violence. Rodrigues declared that Goncalves' involvement in the Commission goes against the basic principles of the SAHE Institute, including the struggle for justice for victims of the violence. He reportedly said that the aim of the Commission is to free the perpetrators of the violence from culpability for their actions, and that the Commission's recommendation to provide amnesty or rehabilitation for the perpetrators is contrary to international law, which states that the committal of serious crimes must be resolved through due legal process. Rodrigues also stated that the funds for the Commission have been taken from Timor Sea income, money that belongs to the people. (STL, DT)

Public hearing positive: Falur

It is reported that the Ex-Commander of Region III Falur Rate Laek has praised the public hearing held with the National Parliament's Commission A regarding the veteran's law, saying that it was very positive. Speaking to journalists on Thursday, Falur said that the veteran's law is critical to solve problems related to national security and stability, and for this reason it is very important that the law defines who exactly is considered a veteran. He added that he has asked the National Parliament to establish a commission to study the dynamics of the struggle before 20 August 1975, as the current commission formed together with the President of the Republic only has a mandate to study the struggle after that date. He emphasized that if Timor-Leste wishes to have a complete historical record of the struggle, then it is necessary to study both periods. (TP, DT)

Womens Network and Government to Hold Campaign on Violence Against Women

It is reported that in relation to the celebrations of Human Rights Day this year, Timor-Leste's Women Network (REDE FETO) along with the Government, particularly the Office of Advisor to Prime Minister on the Promotion of Equality and Gender, and some other international as well as UN agencies, will hold a 16-day campaign on violence against women, starting from 25 November until 10 December 2005. The programs of the campaign with the theme "Health for Women, Health for the World and Stop the Violence" will be implemented in the grassroots level by local NGOs such as Fokupers, Alola Foundation, JSMP, Forum Tau Matan, Haburas Ita Rain, among others. (Diario Nacional)

National News Sources

Timor Post (TP) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Tempo (DT) Diario Nacional Seminario Lia Foun (LF) Televisaun Timor-Leste [TVTL]

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