Missing Timor-Leste everyday and feeling that I left a little piece of my heart there during my first (and only so far!) visit back in March this year finally a piece of Timor-Leste is coming to me and my daily life in New York. Maybe not the most pleasant part or the scenery I miss so much but the reality of Timor Leste continuing struggle through East Timor and Indonesian Network (ETAN) and their seminar on Human Rights and Economic Development in Timor-Leste. The theme of the night is “Continuing struggle: Timor-Leste in 2010” and speach will be held by Charlie Scheiner, ETAN co-founder and La’o Hamutuk (Timor-Leste Institute for Development Monitoring and Analysis, a Timor-Leste non-governmental research and advocacy organization) researcher. Scheiner will discuss the ongoing struggles for the new nation to achieve social, economic and political justice. These include ending impunity for crimes against humanity committed during the Indonesian occupation between 1975-1999, whether Timor-Leste can exploit its oil and gas fields to benefit its people, and how the new country can navigate amidst global financial forces. Charlie has lived in Timor-Leste for most of the last 11 years. He is a member of ETAN’s Executive Committee and works with La’o Hamutuk.
Coming from Sweden I find this city to be unbelievable diverse, engaging and full of social activities but for a country small like Timor-Leste (not many of my friends even know where it is located) not many speeches are held nor articles are published in the New York times. Peace Dividend Trust (PDT) have one office in Dili, Timor-Leste and work in all the thirteen districts. The country is part of our daily work and all staff from HQ offices feel proud of seeing all PDT “Buy Local. Build Timor-Leste.” signs throughout the country as signs to greet us when arriving in country. I highly encourage everyone of interest in Timor-Leste to join me in attending tonight’s seminar hosted and sponsored by ETAN in Noho tonight.
For more information please contact ETAN:
or show up
Tuesday, August 24 at 7pm
339 Lafayette St., New York, NY
between Bleecker and Bond Streets
See you there!