Timor Sea Justice CampaignThursday, 24 March 2016 - 12:30pm
55 Collins Street (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)Victoria
Stand in solidarity with the East Timorese demanding their rights!
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 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 East Timor 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 East Timor.
Australia is ripping-off one of the poorest nations in Asia.
It’s time we stand in solidarity with East Timor and demand that our own government resubmits to the International Court of Justice.
The March 24 international protest demands the Australian government:
- Resubmit to the maritime boundary jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice
- Immediately open negotiations for a permanent maritime boundaries based on the median line principle
- Return all revenues taken unilaterally from the Timorese side of the halfway line