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Solidarity Movements to Celebrate Tenth Anniversary of Timor
 John M Miller
 Aug 12, 2009 05:54 PDT 

Klibur Solidaridade Timor-Leste | Timor-Leste Solidarity Group

timorsol-@gmail.com        +670-331-3323


For immediate release

For further information:

Charles Scheiner
<mailto:char-@laohamutuk.org>char-@laohamutuk.org +670-734-0965
dos Santos <mailto:lanarr-@gmail.com>lanarr-@gmail.com +670-726-6564

Solidarity Movements to Celebrate Tenth Anniversary of Timor Referendum
Timorese and International Activists will gather
in Dili to reflect on the past and plan for the future

On 30 August, 1999, hundreds of thousands of
Timorese voters braved an Indonesian-directed
terror campaign to cast ballots for independence
in a U.N.-organized referendum. This event, which
ended Indonesia’s 24-year illegal, brutal
military occupation, led to the creation of the
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste as the first
new nation of the millennium. The vote was the
culmination of decades of struggle by Timorese
people, supported by solidarity activists around the world.

Ten years later, Timorese campaigners and their
international colleagues will gather in a
peaceful, independent Dili to celebrate that
success and rededicate themselves to work to
ensure that all the people of Timor-Leste enjoy
the benefits of independence and justice.

Among the events planned are:

Ø      An exhibition describing solidarity
activities over the years to help the new
generation of Timorese youth to learn about
campaigns around the world which helped them and
their predecessors achieve independence. The
exhibition will be in Fundação Oriente, Dili,
from 24 August through 5 September.

Ø      Visits to rural communities by
international activists to expand their
understanding of people’s daily lives and how
they are cooperating for mutual benefit.

Ø      A three-day conference to explore current
global movements and issues, as well as
reflecting on the past and developing shared
campaigns to complete the struggle for
self-determination, with a focus on ending
impunity and achieving social justice. The
conference will be held from 27-29 August in
Salão João Paulo II, Comoro, Dili, and will be
attended by international supporters, Timorese
leaders and youth, and a wide range of grassroots
and civil society people. The conference will
re-energize activism in Timor-Leste and around the globe.

Participants are expected from, among other
places, Australia, England, France, Germany,
Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, the
Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, Sri Lanka,
Timor-Leste, the United States and Zimbabwe. They
will also join in official observations organized
by the Timor-Leste government and the United
Nations, as well as the National Congress of
Victims’ Families in early September.

More details and updated information are
available at
or by emailing <mailto:timorsol-@gmail.com>timorsol-@gmail.com.

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Member groups include Asosiasaun HAK (TL), Dewan
Solidaritas Mahasiswa (TL), East Timor and
Indonesia Action Network (ETAN/USA), East Timor
Ireland Solidarity Campaign, Estudante
Universitarius Timor-Leste (TL), Fortilos
(Indonesia), Free East Timor Foundation
(Netherlands), Free East Timor Japan Coalition,
GFFTL (TL), Haburas (TL), Institutu Edukasaun
Popular (TL), International Federation for East
Timor (IFET), KSI (TL), La'o Hamutuk (TL), PARCIC
(Japan), Peace center (TL), Timor-Leste Media
Development Center (TL). List in formation.


ETAN looks forward to your support. Go to
http://etan.org/etan/donate.htm to donate. Thank you.

John M. Miller, National Coordinator
East Timor & Indonesia Action Network (ETAN)
PO Box 21873, Brooklyn, NY 11202-1873 USA
Phone: (718)596-7668 Mobile phone: (917)690-4391
Email jo-@etan.org; Mobile phone: (917)690-4391 Skype: john.m.miller

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