STT issues media statement, says it has been vindicated by recent revelations

Sahmakum Teang Tnaut has issued a media statement following media reports regarding a letter from the Minister of Economics and Finance to the Prime Minister to “nullify” the organisation. Click here for the full statement: STT public statement.
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Sahmakum Teang Tnaut
Media Statement
Sep. 19, 2011

Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) is a local urban NGO founded in 2005 and registered with the Ministry of Interior (MoI) in 2006. STT’s vision is a society in which urban inhabitants enjoy adequate housing within a sustainably developing city.

Following media reports regarding a letter from the Minister of Economics and Finance to the Prime Minister calling for the “nullification” of STT, we can confirm that we are aware of its existence. The letter was first shown to us, and parts of it read to us, during a meeting with the Ministry of Interior in July. It is also referred to in our suspension notice dated Aug. 2. Our request for a copy of the letter has however been denied.

Since our initial meeting with the Ministry of Interior, following the release of our report on the railways rehabilitation, it has been clear that the actions against us have been politically motivated and are directly related to our work monitoring the resettlement impacts of the ADB and AusAID-financed project. The other accusations made against us concerning administrative details are not only incorrect, but were used by the government as pretexts to obfuscate the facts and to silence us.

The letter from the Minister of Economics and Finance to the Prime Minister not only vindicates our position but also reveals a deeply concerning action by a consultant of one of the most influential institutions in the region, the Asian Development Bank.

STT hopes that this full vindication of our work will cause the authorities to promptly and unconditionally void the suspension, so that we can return to the real and urgent work of monitoring the railways rehabilitation, as well as continue our other projects working with the urban poor.