Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor

 

PROFILES of the NATIONAL COMMISSIONERS

 Aniceto Guterres Lopes  

Chairperson

Aniceto was born in Tapo, Maliana district, in 1967.  He is currently living in Dili.  

Director of the well-known human rights NGO Yayasan HAK (Human Rights Foundation) since 1997, of which he was a co-founder, Aniceto is a human rights practitioner and lawyer by profession.

He is highly active in the promotion of justice in East Timor.  He has served on the UNTAET Judicial Transitional Services Commission since January 2000, and was a founder of the Jurists Association of East Timor in April 2000.

Aniceto was a member of the National Council of East Timor (October 2000 – July 2001), and previously served as Secretary General of Yayasan ETADEP (East Timor Agriculture and Development Project Foundation) from 1992 - 1996.  Aniceto has also been an active member of Resistencia Nacional dos Estudantes de Timor Leste (RENETIL) since 1989.

 

Father Jovito Araujo

Vice Chairperson

Father Jovito is from Hatolia, Ermera district, where he was born in 1963.  He now lives in Dili.

He has been a Catholic Priest in Dili Diocese since 1996.  As President of the Catholic Youth Commission of Dili Diocese for the past 3 years, he has developed strong links with the youth community. 

Father Jovito is particularly concerned with human rights issues.  He has been an active member of Resistencia Nacional dos Estudantes de Timor Leste (RENETIL), a resistance organisation based in Indonesia and East Timor, since 1987.

   

Olandina Caeiro

Olandina is from Ermera district, where she was born in 1956. 

A businesswoman who has also dedicated many years of work to public service and especially to the prevention of violence against women, Olandina has been the Director of East Timorese Women Against Violence and for Child Care (ETWAVE) since 1998.  She also served as a member of the Indonesian Commission for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in 1998.

Since 1990, she has been the Director of the company DIDU Pty Ltd, and manages her own restaurant, “Olandina’s”, in Dili.   Olandina was Chairperson of the Public Service Commission in East Timor (Oct 2000 – 2001), and served as a Provincial Parliament member in Dili (1997 – 1999).  



Jacinto Alves

Jacinto was born in Manatuto district in 1957, and now lives in Dili. 

Coordinator of the Association of Ex-Political Prisoners in East Timor since January 1999, Jacinto was a political prisoner following the Santa Cruz massacre in November 1991.  He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, serving 7 years until his release 30 December 1998.

Jacinto was also a founding member of the NGO ‘Commission for Human Rights in East Timor’ in 1999, and was active in providing emergency assistance to displaced persons in Dili.  He has been a Senior Policy Adviser to the Interim Office of the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation since July 2001.

 

 José Estêvão Soares

Jose was born in 1955 in Laclubar, Manatuto district, and currently lives in Dili.

Jose was a founding member of the pro-autonomy political organization Forum Persatuan, Demokrasi dan Keadilan (FPDK) in 1999.  He left East Timor in September 1999, spending one year as a refugee in Denpasar, Bali, before returning in October 2000.  Immediately upon his return, he became a member of the National Council of East Timor (October 2000 – July 2001).  He has been a Senior Policy Adviser to the Interim Office of the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation since July 2001. 

Jose previously worked as a civil servant for the Indonesian administration in East Timor.  He was a government spokesman and Chief of Public Relations (1993 – 1997), and later worked for the Co-ordination Board of Investments for East Timor (BKPMD).  He also held the position of Secretary of the Indonesian Public Servants’ Organisation in East Timor (KORPRI) in 1999.

  

Isabel Guterres

Isabel was born in Viqueque in 1958, and now lives in Maliana. 

She has worked with a range of organizations in the field of humanitarian assistance.  Most recently, she has worked with Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS), providing support to people returning to East Timor.

Isabel lived in Australia for 15 years where she practiced as a registered nurse.  After returning to East Timor in November 1999, she continued to use her professional experience in the health sector in her work with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and World Vision. 

 

Reverend Agustinho de Vasconselos

Reverend Agustinho was born in 1970 in Kaiualita, Baucau district.  He now lives in Dili.

Reverend Agustinho has been a Protestant Church Minister in Dili since 2000.  Previously, he served as Minister of the Maranatha Church in Baucau district (1999 – 2000), and Oecussi district (1996 – 99).

He is an active supporter of youth activities, and is currently working as the Secretary for the Youth Department of the Protestant Church in East Timor.  He has participated in workshops and trainings on reconciliation issues in West Timor and other parts of Indonesia. 

 

For further information on the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation please contact the Interim Office of the Commission, former UNAMET/CNRT compound, Balide, Dili. 

Tel: + 61 8 8946 3900 or  312210  Ext. 4513  Mobile:  +61 (0) 407 394 957

Email:  info@easttimor-reconciliation.org

 Dili, 18 January 2002  

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