East Timor Event Addresses Need for Justice
- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2002
University Relations Office
Michele Norris, (206) 268-4114
SPEAKER ADDRESSES TORTURES, DEATHS AND NEED FOR JUSTICE IN EAST TIMOR
Presentation on Women's Rights to Honor International Women's Day
Seattle East Timor native and human rights activist Filomena Barros dos
Reis will discuss "Finding Justice for East Timor" from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Monday, March 11.
The Indonesian military invaded East Timor in 1975 with U.S. support.
During the occupation, in which thousands were killed and tortured, Barros
dos Reis led a double life: organizing with the underground resistance
while working as a civil servant for the Indonesian regime.
Her free presentation, held in honor of International Women's Day, is
sponsored by Antioch University Seattle, the East Timor Action Network and
the Seattle International Human Rights Coalition. It will take place in
room 100 at Antioch (2326 Sixth Ave., Seattle). A light lunch will be
Barros dos Reis' talk will stress the need for an international tribunal,
highlighting the fact that the ad-hoc Indonesian Human Rights Court will
not hear any cases of crimes of violence against women. She also will
provide information on issues currently facing East Timorese women,
including meaningful inclusion in political and social processes, domestic
violence and the plight of women still trapped in Indonesian refugee camps.
In 1997, Barros dos Reis began volunteering with FOKUPERS, the
Communication Forum for East Timorese Women, in their education and
training division. She has trained women in rural communities on human
rights, gender and reproductive health issues.
For more information about the event, contact the East Timor Action
Network at (206) 547-7735.
ABOUT THE SPONSORS
At Antioch University Seattle, adult learners find individualized,
whole-person, innovative programs with a commitment to community service
and social justice. AUS is one of five campuses of Antioch University,
founded in 1852 in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Horace Mann, noted abolitionist and first president of Antioch College,
gave a charge to the class of 1859 that is repeated to each Antioch
graduating class: Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for
humanity. For more information, visit www.antiochsea.edu.
THE EAST TIMOR ACTION NETWORK/UNITED STATES
This organization was founded in November 1991 to support genuine
self-determination and human rights for the people of East Timor in
accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 1960 United
Nations General Assembly Resolution on Decolonization, and Security
Council and General Assembly resolutions on East Timor. Its primary focus
has been to change U.S. foreign policy and raise public awareness to
support self-determination and now genuine independence for East Timor.
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COALITION
The SIHRC includes: Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador
- CISPES, Citizens Concerned for the People of Iraq, Citizens for Overt
Action, East Timor Action Network, Irish Northern Aid, Palestine
Information Project and Seattle Colombia Committee. SIHRC formed in spring
2001 to pool the efforts of local groups to do public education, lobbying
and candidate ratings on human rights and U.S. foreign/military policy.
SIHRC supports solutions to international conflicts that are peaceful,
genuinely democratic, socially just and environmentally healthy.