APCET, the Asia-Pacific Coalition for East Timor, was born out of historical Asia-Pacific Conference on East Timor, held in manila, last May 31 to June 5, 1994.
APCET aims to coordinate activities and initiatives of the various local and national groups involved in solidarity with East Timor located in the Asia-Pacific region. It also hopes to initiate and recomend plans to these groups specially in the areas of regional lobbying, campaign and information. It has an eleven-person Adhoc council composed of representatives from the different Sub-regions in the region. The council members come from South Asia, Southeast Asia, North Asia, East Asia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia-New Zealand-Papua New Guinea, the Pacific and Indochina. APCET's honorary chairman is the Catholic Bishop Emeritus of Japan, His Excellency Nobuo Aloysius Soma. It's secretariat is based in Manila at the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) , an independent and professional non-governmental organization that works for South-South solidarity, global education and internationalism. IID's Executive Director, Augusto N. Miclat, Jr. is the current Coordinator of APCET. He was also the Coordinator of the last APCET conference in Manila. APCET is currently consolidating all the documents emanating from the Manila conference and will package them into an educational cum campaign kit for interested users. This kit will be composed of the conference proceedings and report, an analysis of media's role during the conference and a video documentary about the conference.So far the secretariat has submitted a petition to the United Nations hearings on decolonization last June. It also assisted in the creation of the Philippine Solidarity for East Timor and Indonesia (PHILSETI), a newly-formed solidarity group based in the Philippines composed of at least 60 mass organizations, NGOs and personalities. The secretariat also produces the APCET newsletter, ESTAFETA.
APCET can be reached:
c/o the Initiatives for International Dialogue,
# 2 Matulungin St., Central District,
Quezon City 1101 Philippines.
Tel./Fax (632) 921 67 74
E-Mail : IID@phil.gn.apc.org
IID' s postal address can also be accessed:
P.O. Box 44-38
University of the Philippines Shopping Center,
Diliman, Quezon City 1101 Philippines.
A LUTA CONTINUA! (Gus Miclat)
(N.B.: This page was entirely written by APCET's current coordinator, Augusto N. Miclat)