EAST TIMOR : Now.Feminist Bella Galhos returns home talks about future of women in a free East Timor; JOSE RAMOS HORTA, is home; and East Timorese work to create a sustainable economy.
9:01-9:06 Headlines: 9:06-9:07 One Minute Music Break 9:07-9:20 EAST TIMORS FOREIGN MINISTER DISCUSSES INDONESIAN AND INTERNATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY IN EAST TIMOR Today, women from across the world said that an international tribunal was the only way to hold accountable those responsible for crimes against humanity committed in East Timor during a quarter century of Indonesian occupation, which ended in a bloody scorched earth campaign after the Timorese voted overwhelmingly for independence in 1999. More than 125 womens rights activists from 14 countries and 22 U.S. states signed the statement, which was released less than a week before East Timors independence. On Monday East Timorese Foreign Minister Jose Ramos Horta spoke to reporters at a cultural event in Dili, including Australian reporter Lindsay Murdoch, who was recently now banned from Indonesia for his reporting on Aceh and East Timor. Horta spoke about Indonesian and international responsibility for crimes against humanity committed in East Timor.GUEST: JOSE RAMOS HORTA, 1996 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and East Timor's first Foreign Minister 9:20-9:21 One Minute Music Break 9:21-9:40 EAST TIMORESE ACTIVIST RETURNED HOME AFTER NEARLY DECADE IN EXILE DISCUSSES INDEPENDENCE AND THE CHALLENGES FACING A FREE EAST TIMOR Jose Ramos Horta returned to East Timor in December 1999 after a quarter century in exile. At about the same time a younger generation of East Timorese was trickling home as well. Bella Galhos was one of those young people. She spent nearly a decade in exile in Canada after Indonesia had given her a student scholarship to act as a poster girl for the occupation. Once there, she defected and became a leading activist working for East Timors independence. She returned to East Timor with Canadian peacekeepers in December 1999 to help rebuild the country Indonesia had just destroyed. In addition to her activism Bella has turned to music to reflect upon East Timor's struggle and the challenges that lie ahead. She spoke just a block down the road from the Santa Cruz cemetery where Indonesian soldiers gunned down more than 270 Timorese in 1991. GUEST: JOSE RAMOS HORTA, 1996 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and East Timor's first Foreign Minister, contd GUEST: BELLA GALHOS, East Timorese activist returned home after nearly a decade in exile 9:40-9:41 One Minute Music Break 9:41-9:55 EAST TIMORESE ACTIVIST RETURNED HOME AFTER NEARLY DECADE IN EXILE DISCUSSES INDEPENDENCE AND THE CHALLENGES FACING A FREE EAST TIMOR, contd GUEST: BELLA GALHOS, East Timorese activist returned home after nearly a decade in exile 9:55-9:58 EAST TIMORESE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TALK ABOUT THEIR HOPES FOR EAST TIMORS FUTURE East Timors students have long played a leading role in the struggle for independence. After the fall of Indonesian dictator General Suharto in 1999, University students traveled throughout East Timor holding unprecedented public forums where they demanded a referendum on independence and an end to Indonesias occupation. On Monday in the capitol of Dili, a small group of students on the campus of the University of East Timor spoke about their hopes for the future of their country. GUESTS: Students at the University of East Timor in Dili, East Timor. 9:58-9:59 Outro and Credits