Saturday, March 19, 2016

Take ACTION: Australia: Hands Off Timor's Oil!

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Stand in solidarity with the East Timorese demanding their rights

Join the international online protest the week of March 21-25 Take Action from your computer, phone or tablet

1) Take a photo of yourself holding a sign saying either "Australia: Hands Off Timor's Oil!" or "Australia: Median Line Now!"; include your name and location (e.g. John, New York, NY, USA).

2) Post your selfie to Twitter and/or Instagram and add it to the event's Facebook page here with the hashtag #medianlinenow and/or #HandsOffTimorsOil.

See sample photos below and printable signs in WordPDF. On Twitter include @TurnbullMalcolm and @etan009; on Instagram include @turnbullmalcolm and@etan009. If you do not have, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, just email us your photo (watch the file size, please), and we will post it.

3) After you post, email a link to us at

This part of Hands Off Timor's Oil - International Week of Action

Tempo too ona atu bele utiliza ita boot telephone, ita boot nia laptop/PC hodi fo apoio luta atu bele liberta ita nia fronteira maritima. Bolu atensaun ba Timor-oan hotu atu partisipa ativu hodi bele fahe apelo ida ne'e ba kolega sira seluk, influensia iha media sosial hotu-hotu (facebook profile, FB group, Twitter, instangram,) no haruka photo no lian fuan ""Australia: Hands Off Timor's Oil!" ou "Australia: Median Line Now!" ba diresaun sira ne'e :

Facebook : hakerek hastag # medianlinenow no/ou # HandsOffTimorsOil .
Twitter : @TurnbullMalcolm ; @etan009;
Instagram : @turnbullmalcolm ; @etan009

Keta haluha ba mos hakerek ita boot nia naran no hela fatin (dili, australia no fatin seluk) hanesan ezemplu sira ne'e,


Stand in solidarity with the people of Timor-Leste demanding their rights!

End Australia's theft from one of the poorest nations in Asia! 

By refusing to establish permanent maritime boundaries, the Australian government is short-changing East Timor out of billions of dollars in oil and gas revenue.

According to international law, the maritime boundaries between Australia and East Timor should be along the halfway (median) line, but the Australian government refuses to acknowledge this.

Two months before East Timor's independence, Australia withdrew from the maritime boundary jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice - leaving Timor-Leste with limited avenues to challenge Australia's unilateral depletion of contested oil fields.

During subsequent negotiations over oil and gas revenues the Australian Secret Service fitted surveillance devices inside the Timorese cabinet room so it could spy on government negotiators. The resulting temporary treaty is highly unfair to Timor.

On February 23, thousands of East Timorese peacefully protested outside the Australia Embassy in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste. Organized by the Movement Against the Occupation of the Timor Sea (MKOTT), they called for the establishment of permanent maritime boundaries along the "median line" half way between Australia and Timor. 


MKOTT's coordinator, Juvinal Dias, said the Australian government needs to respect East Timor's sovereignty as an independent country. "As a big and powerful country in this region, Australia shouldn't using its power to continuing to steal our future from the Timor Sea," said Dias.

This March 21-24, the anniversary of Australian withdrawal from the International Court of Justice maritime jurisdiction, there will be additional protests in Dili, Melbourne, Jakarta, Adelaide, Manila, online, and elsewhere.

East Timor and Indonesia Action Network, USA (ETAN)
The Movement Against the Occupation of the Timor Sea (MKOTT/Movimentu Kontra Okupasaun Tasi Timor), Timor-Leste
Timor Sea Justice Campaign, Australia  (TSJC)

Additional background can be found here:

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