Thursday, June 29, 2017

ETAN message of support to Timor's LGBTI community


ETAN extends its wholehearted support and solidarity with this week's "LGBTI Pride - Acceptance" events happening in Dili, including Timor-Leste's first Pride March. We commend the organizers of these events and all those who support a fully inclusive Timorese society that celebrates diversity and protects everyone's human rights. We also appreciate Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo's statement of support for the LGBTI community.
 
Photo by Dinorah.Granadeiro via Facebook
ETAN hato'o apoiu no solidariedade kompletu ba eventu 'LGBTI Pride - Simu Malu' ne'ebe organiza iha Dili durante semana ida-ne'e, inklui Timor-Leste nia Marxa Pride 'Orgullu'. Ami louva sira hotu ne'ebe organiza eventu sira-ne'e no mos sira hotu ne'ebe apoia sosiedade Timorense ne'ebe selebra diversidade no proteje direitus umanus ba ema hotu. Ami gava mos Primeiru Ministu Rui Araujo nia mensajen apoiu ba komunidade LGBTI.

Mensajen S.E. Primeiro-Ministro RDTL Kona-ba
 "Familia Simu Joven LGBT iha Timor-Leste"

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Timor-Leste Association of Ex-Political Prisoners and Klibur Solidariedade send congratulations and solidarity to Palestinian Political Prisoners

Activists in Timor-Leste have long felt a strong connection and sought to offer solidarity to the Palestinian struggle for self-determination, peace and human dignity. Human rights and student groups have organized seminars, rallies, candlelight vigils and solidarity statements to support peace and justice in Palestine. After receiving an international call to celebrate the success of a 40-day hunger strike by Palestinian political prisoners, Timorese human rights activists contacted the Timor-Leste Association of Ex-Political Prisoners. Together, they drafted the following statement, which they released on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

Tetun Komunikadu Imprensa below


Press Release

The Timor-Leste Association of Ex-Political Prisoners and
Klibur Solidariedade (Solidarity Association)

send congratulations and solidarity to Palestinian Political Prisoners


Date: 6 June 2017


Contact:  Jacinto Alves (Tetun, Portugés, English), Assepol, ira.sequira@gmail.com,
               Celestino Gusmão (Tetun, Indonesian), maubere81@gmail.com,
                   Pamela Sexton (English, Tetun), pamelabeth.sexton@gmail.com
                   Nug Katjasungkana (Indonesian, Tetun, English), nengahmetra@gmail.com

We congratulate the 1,500 Palestinian Political Prisoners (men, women and children) who, through their 40-day collective hunger strike, have secured basic rights which had been systematically denied them by Israel. We celebrate the courage and commitment of your collective action; we celebrate your success.

As we celebrate, we also declare our solidarity and call attention to the long and continuing struggle for freedom, equality, self-determination and basic human rights of the Palestinian people. Our national history teaches us that when faced with occupation, oppression, and injustice, there is no choice but to resist. “To resist is to win.”

Many of us are ex-political prisoners, jailed by Indonesia because we refused to simply accept an illegal occupation of our land. During Indonesia’s brutal occupation, we stood up to military violence and human rights abuses; we stood up against an international order oriented to U.S. corporate interests and militarism. We stood up for the dignity of ourselves, our families and our communities. We stood up for our vision of peace and justice, now and in the future. We encourage political prisoners and wish to tell you that many times, our struggle for a noble cause demands sacrifice and determination. We must believe that the truth will win and will bring happiness to many people. All of your sacrifices will be acknowledged; tudo vale a pena (‘everything is worth the effort’). 

Today, as we celebrate with you, we also stand against the widespread detention of Palestinians for defending their basic rights. According to the NGO Palestinian Prisoner’s Club, there are now 6500 Palestinian political prisoners, including 300 children. We stand against the continuing role of the US as a major supporter of militarism and occupation. We stand for against the denial of Palestinian’s basic rights by Israel. We stand for Palestinian’s rights to clear water, safe shelter, food, and basic social services, equality before the law. “A luta continua.” The struggle continues.

The Timor-Leste Association of Ex-Political Prisoners first formed during Indonesia's illegal occupation, during which systematic arbitrary detention of East Timorese civilians was routine security practice.

Klibur Solidadariedade was formed was formed by Timorese and international solidarity activists in 2009, on the 10th anniversary of Timor-Leste's historic referendum on independence.

21 January 2009 demontration of solidarity at Democracy Field, Dili, Timor-Leste