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Justice of the young injustice of the old

DILI (SE): Lucille Abeykoon, a social worker from the Human Rights Office Kandy in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is wondering why one of the youngest countries in the world, Timor-Leste, has made so much progress in the protection of human rights, accountability and the rule of law, while her own land, which has been independent from its colonial power for 69 years, has made so little.
 

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Australia joins China in thumbing nose at international law

DILI (UCAN): Australia is showing that China is not the only bully in the region that is prepared to thumb its nose at international law and use its financial clout to kick its weaker neighbours around.

It is currently digging its heels in and refusing to renegotiate on the delicate issue of maritime boundaries between its huge land mass and its tiny neighbour, Timor-Leste, in a dispute in which billions of dollars’ worth of oil and gas reserves are at stake.

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Call to increase wages

Dili (UCAN): Father Adrian Ola Duli, director of Caritas Dili, said Timor-Leste’s current wage of about US$3.75 (29) was not enough for a worker to afford three meals a day, let alone provide for his family, adding that the monthly wage of US$115 (892) needs to be raised to more than US$200 ($1,550).

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Call to end an Australian rip off

DILI (UCAN): About 3,000 people marched from the Australian-owned Tiger refuelling station to the Australian embassy in the Timor-Leste capital of Dili on February 23, demanding that the Australian government stop exploiting oil and gas reserves in the Timor Gap—the maritime boundary separating the two countries—and using a treaty it signed with Indonesia in 1972 to justify it.

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