segunda-feira, novembro 05, 2007

Dos Leitores

David deixou um novo comentário na sua mensagem "Militar australiano insulta deputados":

Muito se preocupa a Ministra da Justiça com Rogério Lobato, que nunca fugiu da justiça.

Mas nem uma palavra sobre o foragido Reinado.

Será cobardia?...

2 comentários:

Anónimo disse...

Uma notícia interessante do "Canberra Times" sobre um diplomata que serviu em Dili:

November 2, 2007 Friday


A former diplomat has slammed public servants' ''willingness to lie'',
after an investigation into claims he was pressured to break the law
ended because of a lack of evidence.

The Greens have used the case to push for a whistleblowers' authority
independent from the bureaucracy.

Peter Ellis, who headed Australia's aid program in East Timor, was
removed from the embassy in Dili after he refused to lie to a human
rights group about why AusAID broke its contract in 2005. Public
servants who lie can be fined or sacked under Commonwealth law.

AusAID later told the organisation, Forum Tau Matan, its $65,830 grant
was cancelled because it had signed a petition asking Australia to
respect East Timorese sovereignty while negotiating gas rights. The
Australian Public Service Commission investigated the incident, but
found insufficient documents to prove what Mr Ellis was initially told
to say.

It noted Mr Ellis was motivated by his ''conviction that he was
legally and ethically obliged'' to be honest.

But it agreed with the Foreign Affairs Department that public servants
did not have to give ''transparent reasons'' for funding decisions.
Documents seen by The Canberra Times show Mr Ellis discussed the
contract breach with Australian ambassador Margaret Twomey on May 25,
2005. In a file note that day, he said Ms Twomey told him ''being less
than honest'' was a tool of the ''diplomat's trade''.

Ms Twomey later denied making the statement, saying her comments were
part of a ''brainstorming'' session and not an order to lie.

The documents also show AusAID assistant director-general, Alan March,
suggested Mr Ellis tell Forum Tau Matan there was ''no single reason''
it was stripped of funding.

However, Foreign Affairs officials later confirmed to the Senate the
contract was broken because of the petition. The commission found it
was ''probable'' Mr Ellis's clash with Ms Twomey contributed to the
rare decision to deny him a posting extension, a decision he says cost
him about $100,000. But it accepted Ms Twomey's explanation she had
other concerns about Mr Ellis's performance.

AusAID did not record why it refused the extension, but later said one
reason was its officers in Dili were inexperienced, ''given the
political crisis and the violence that occurred in East Timor in 2006''.

Mr Ellis, who now works overseas as a governance adviser, said Aus-
AID's explanation was ''an embarrassing mistake'', given it decided to
end his posting months before the East Timor crisis unfolded. ''[It]
is a clear sign that the AusAID executive was grappling for excuses
after the fact,'' he said.

''Public servants were prepared to lie to cover up an awkward
ministerial decision that they considered was too robust and likely to
attract criticism internationally and domestically. [I] had to go to
extreme measures to stop this deception from happening.'' Neither the
Foreign Affairs Department nor the commission interviewed him about
his whistle- blower report. They instead consulted only the senior
officers he made the claims against.

Greens Senate candidate Kerrie Tucker said the Ellis case showed the
need for an independent whistle- blower authority ''able to report
directly to Parliament''.

''If we are going to have a public service which is able to be frank
and fearless, you have to have good whistleblower protection.''
Meanwhile, the organisation at the centre of the dispute has since
rejected a World Bank grant because some of the money came from Australia.

Forum Tau Matan cancelled the contract, saying it would prefer to act
with ''freedom, self-respect and dignity'' than accept the funds. Its
coordinator, Joao Pequinho, told The Canberra Times the grant, which
would have been used to train young East Timorese leaders, was worth
$US20,000 ($22A,000). His organisation was happy to work with
institutions ''which share our goals''. ''However, experience has
taught us that AusAID has different objectives, and we prefer not to
receive funding from them,'' he said. Neither the commission nor
AusAID would comment.

Anónimo disse...

Será cobardia? Naaaaa... é burrice mesmo! E não é só ela que é burra... há mais por aqui... incompetentes, burros, não fazem a menor noção do que deve ser feito, são apenas seguidores armados em governantes. Daahhhhhh


Todas as traduções de inglês para português (e também de francês para português) são feitas pela Margarida, que conhecemos recentemente, mas que desde sempre nos ajuda.

Obrigado pela solidariedade, Margarida!

Mensagem inicial - 16 de Maio de 2006

"Apesar de frágil, Timor-Leste é uma jovem democracia em que acreditamos. É o país que escolhemos para viver e trabalhar. Desde dia 28 de Abril muito se tem dito sobre a situação em Timor-Leste. Boatos, rumores, alertas, declarações de países estrangeiros, inocentes ou não, têm servido para transmitir um clima de conflito e insegurança que não corresponde ao que vivemos. Vamos tentar transmitir o que se passa aqui. Não o que ouvimos dizer... "

Malai Azul. Lives in East Timor/Dili, speaks Portuguese and English.
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