Reflections on East Timor After Independence: An Opposition Leader’s Perspective
A round-table discussion with Mr. Fernando de Araujo, Member of the Parliament of East Timor and President of Partido Democratico.
Tuesday, December 09, 20033:00 PM - 5:00 PM
11377 Bunche Hall (11th floor)
Los Angeles, CA 90095
This round-table discussion will review the obstacles and challenges faced by East Timor just over a year after independence. Fernando de Araujo will speak about the importance of a strong and healthy opposition in the democratization process, about current economic problems, and especially about conditions in the villages and districts. He will also address some aspects of the role of different players in civil society, including student and youth organizations, environmental NGOs, and the alternative press he recently founded, Vox Populi.
Fernando de Araujo is currently a Member of Parliament in East Timor, and Leader of the Opposition Platform. Born in Manutasi, Ainaro in 1963, Mr Araujo was Secretary-General of the pro-independence student group RENETIL from 1988-1998. In 1991, he was arrested by Indonesian authorities and charged with “subversion" and imprisoned for almost seven years, along with several East Timorese political prisoners. In the run-up to the 1999 referendum, he was one of the people in charge of organizing the campaign for independence. In 2001, he was elected as the President of Partido Democratico, the party which won the second largest number of votes in the August 2001 elections for the Constituent Assembly. He subsequently served as Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs. Mr Araujo has been extensively involved as founding member of several civil society institutions such as Fundacao Haburas (an environmental organization), Talitakum (a weekly magazine), and most recently Vox Populi .
Cost : Free and open to the public. Parking at UCLA costs $7.00.
Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Urban and Global Studies Initiative - University of Southern California