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5952Stand in solidarity - Hands Off Timor's Oil

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  • ETAN
    19 de mar de 2016
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      Stand in solidarity with the East Timorese demanding their rights

      Hands Off Timor Oil! Online Action

      Join the international online protest the week of March 21-25

      Take Action from your computer, phone or tablet

      1) Take a photo of yourself holding a sign saying either "Australia:
      Hands Off Timor's Oil!" or "Australia: Median Line Now!"; include
      your name and location (e.g. John, New York, NY, USA).

      2) Post your selfie to Twitter and/or Instagram and add it to the
      event's Facebook page
      <>here with the
      hashtag #medianlinenow and/or #HandsOffTimorsOil.

      See sample photos below and printable signs in
      <>PDF. On Twitter
      include @TurnbullMalcolm and <>@etan009;
      on Instagram include @turnbullmalcolm
      and<>@etan009. If you do not have,
      Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, just email us your photo (watch the
      file size, please), and we will post it.

      3) After you post, email a link to us at

      This part of <>Hands
      Off Timor's Oil - International Week of Action


      Stand in solidarity with the people of Timor-Leste demanding their rights!

      End Australia's theft from one of the poorest nations in Asia!

      By refusing to establish permanent maritime boundaries, the
      Australian government is short-changing East Timor out of billions of
      dollars in oil and gas revenue.

      According to international law, the maritime boundaries between
      Australia and East Timor should be along the halfway (median) line,
      but the Australian government refuses to acknowledge this.

      Two months before East Timor's independence, Australia withdrew from
      the maritime boundary jurisdiction of the International Court of
      Justice - leaving Timor-Leste with limited avenues to challenge
      Australia's unilateral depletion of contested oil fields.

      During subsequent negotiations over oil and gas revenues the
      Australian Secret Service fitted surveillance devices inside the
      Timorese cabinet room so it could spy on government negotiators. The
      resulting temporary treaty is highly unfair to Timor.

      On February 23, thousands of East Timorese peacefully protested
      outside the Australia Embassy in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste.
      Organized by the Movement Against the Occupation of the Timor Sea
      (MKOTT), they called for the establishment of permanent maritime
      boundaries along the "median line" half way between Australia and Timor.


      MKOTT's coordinator, Juvinal Dias, said the Australian government
      needs to respect East Timor's sovereignty as an independent country.
      "As a big and powerful country in this region, Australia shouldn't
      using its power to continuing to steal our future from the Timor
      Sea," said Dias.

      This March 21-24, the anniversary of Australian withdrawal from the
      International Court of Justice maritime jurisdiction, there will be
      additional protests in Dili, Melbourne, Jakarta, Adelaide, Manila,
      online, and elsewhere.

      East Timor and Indonesia Action Network, USA (ETAN)
      The Movement Against the Occupation of the Timor Sea (MKOTT/Movimentu
      Kontra Okupasaun Tasi Timor), Timor-Leste
      Timor Sea Justice Campaign, Australia (TSJC)


      Tell Australia: #HandsOffTimorsOil #medianlinenow

      Act now to Reveal the Truth, Acknowledge the Crime: Urge your U.S.
      Senator to co-sponsor S.Res. 273.

      Please join Noam Chomsky in supporting ETAN. Go to

      John M. Miller, National Coordinator
      East Timor & Indonesia Action Network (ETAN)
      Phone: +1-917-690-4391
      Email: etan@... Skype: john.m.miller
      Twitter: @etan009 Web: <>

      2012 Recipient of the Order of Timor (Ordem Timor)

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      Send a blank e-mail message to info@... to for information on
      ETAN's electronic resources on Timor-Leste, West Papua and Indonesia.