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East Timorese Protect Land Rights Against Australian Cement Plant Deal

Written by Sara Moreira On 21 April 2014 @ 13:13 pm | No Comments

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The announcement of a new cement plant project by an Australian company in Baucau, northeast of East Timor, has led local community groups to set up a non-governmental organization “to protect and preserve the communities’ rights to their culture, development and traditional land rights.”

According to the community organization, Kapeliwa [1], the government of East Timor gave the largest construction company in Western Australia, BGC, permission to construct [2] [tet] a cement plant with the annual capacity of 1.5 million tons in Baucau, as well as a license to extract limestone for 100 years. The construction project was awarded [3] to the South Korean company POSCO E&C, from East Timor’s TL Cement (“a special purpose corporation wholly owned by BGC”), in December 2013.

Kapeliwa [1] was publicly launched on April 19, 2014, by a group of intellectuals from Kaisido, Parlamento, Lialailesu and Osowa - four villages located [4] in the northeast coast of Timor-Leste, Baucau district. The four villages, situated near the airport of the country's second city, are part of the administrative area of Suco Tirilolo, where the minority ethno-lingusitic community Uaima'a live.

In the first public meeting with the community members and leaders of the four villages, the group's founders presented the ”potential positive and negative impact of the proposed cement factory in and on Uaima'a land known as Kaisido.” The group claims that there is lack of information about this project and that there hasn't been a proper viability study for the development.


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[1] Kapeliwa: http://kapeliwa.blogspot.pt/2014/04/introduction.html

[2] permission to construct: http://kapeliwa.blogspot.pt/2014/04/governu-autoriza-kompanya-harii-fabrika.html

[3] awarded: http://www.poscoenc.com/english/pr/press_release_view.asp?hBOARD_ID=PR&hDOC_ID=290

[4] located: http://kapeliwa.blogspot.pt/2014/04/where-are-four-aldiea-of-kapeliwa.html

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