We call for the release of all trade unionists arrested and all the charges to be dropped.
Southern Initiative Global Unions Rights (SIGTUR) joined unionists from Australia, Argentina, Phillipines, South Africia and the local South Korean community this week at Korean consulates and embassies to send a deafening blast in protest at unjust prison sentences and arrests inflicted on innocent trade union officials.
National rally details below
The Timor Sea Justice Campaign 2016 has protests to politically expose PM Turnbull’s hypocrisy on Timor Leste. http://www.timorseajustice.com/TSJC/introduction
The Australian government is taking revenue from the Timor Sea that, under international law, belong to Timor-Leste. Two months before Timor Leste's Independence in 2004, then Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer announced Australia's withdrawal from the maritime boundary jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice.
During the negotiations with the newly independent government over the two countries' maritime boundary and the exploitation of oil and gas resources in the Timor Sea, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) secretly installed electronic listening devices in the Palace of Government in Dili eavesdropping on the Timorese negotiators. Former Timorese President Xanana Gusmao described Australian spying as "a criminal act." Australian negotiators also threatened the withdrawal of foreign aid in order to bully the Timorese into accepting Australian claims on the Timorese side of the halfway (median) line. Australian Governments have refused to establish permanent maritime boundaries with Timor Leste in accordance with international law.
Appropriation of Timor Sea resource revenues is depriving one of the world's poorest nations of resources urgently needed for human development, up to $5 billion of government royalties.
We demand the Turnbull government
1. Rejoin the maritime boundary jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice.
2. Recognise the principal of the median line, halfway between Timor Leste and Australia.
3. Immediately respond to the calls by the government of Timor Leste to restart negotiations for permanent maritime boundaries between the two countries.
4. Transfer all past and ongoing revenue obtained from oil and gas fields on the Timorese side of the median line to the government of Timor Leste. $5 billion of TL revenue can be returned. We also
5. Strongly condemn the Australian government's use of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) to carryout commercial espionage against the Government of Timor Leste in 2004 by placing electronic listening devices in the office of the Timorese Prime Minister and Cabinet Room.
We support the call by Canberra Lawyer Bernard Collaery, Former NSW director of public prosecutions Nicholas Cowdry and Senator for South Australia Nick Xenophon for a judicial enquiry into the intelligence scandal. That includes investigation of the former Minister Alexander Downer and the former director of ASIS David Irvine.
Protests in Australia begin in Canberra Tuesday March 15 12.30pm outside Parliament House;
Adelaide rally SA Parliament House on 21 March at 12.30pm;
Sydney Wednesday 23rd march 12.30 1.30pm Hold banners 4 corners Hyde Park; Greenway Plaza North Sydney; DFAT Offices Angel Place.
Melbourne rally on Thursday March 24th 12.30pm Melbourne – 55 Collins Street Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Dili – Australian Embassy, Rua Mártires da Patria.
Jakarta Australian Embassy and New York.
Please send international solidarity messages to Timor Sea Justice Campaign spokesperson, Tom Clarke, on 0422 545 763 and Chris White 0418830297.