[TimorLesteStudies] East Timor speakers at World at a Crossroads conference Sydney 10-12 April 2009

Vannessa Hearman vhearman at unimelb.edu.au
Wed Mar 25 10:00:46 EST 2009

East Timor Studies list subscribers may be interested in the two speakers
coming from Timor Leste for the World At A Crossroads: Fighting for
socialism in the 21st Century conference,

Easter 2009, April 10-12, Sydney
Venue: Sydney Girls High School

For the first time in Australia - Mericio Juvinal Dos Reis (Akara)

Mericio Juvinal Dos Reis (Akara) is currently Executive Director of the Luta
Hamutuk Institute - a Timorese organization working to ³The realization of
³Ukun Rasik An² [self-reliance] in the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste as
a manifestation of the nation¹s commitment to economic justice and develop
people¹s participation in national development in accordance to democratic
values, equality and transparency.²

>From 2002-2005 he was a researcher at La¹o Hamutuk, The East Timor Institute
for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis. La¹o Hamutuk monitors, analyzes,
and reports on the principal international institutions present in East
Timor as they relate to the physical, economic, and social reconstruction
and development of the country.

>From 1999-2002, Mericio Akara was a Vice President of Timor Socialist Party,
but he resigned from the position and from party membership in 2003. Before
1999 he spent 8 years in Jakarta-Indonesia as a student and as a pro
independent activist. He joined the pro-independence movement with other
comrades from Timor Leste and with activists from Indonesia such PRD, SPRIM,
LMND and FORTILOS to struggle for the liberation of Timor Leste.

Tomas Freitas
Australians interested in Timor Leste and Timor Sea oil and gas campaign
might have heard Tomas speak before. This Timorese activist was involved
with the Luta Hamutuk Institute in Dili, Timor Leste and is now based for a
short time in Australia furthering his studies. He participated in the
campaign for the just division of oil and gas resources between Australia
and East Timor in the Timor Sea and continues to maintain links with his
homeland and activist politics.

For information and conference registration, please go to the website:
http://www.worldatacrossroads.org or email dsp at dsp.org.au or
sydney.resistance at gmail.com, or phone (02) 9690 1230.

Vannessa Hearman
School of Historical Studies
University of Melbourne

Tel: +61 3 8344 5972
Office: Room 350, Level 3
John Medley Building
VIC 3010 Australia

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