Collection AUACFOAHR - ACFOA Human Rights Office Collection

Actions File Assorted other responses Australian government Australian MPs Berita Timor Timur Churches Dossier / Pat Walsh Indo master Eyewitness accounts Funding appeal Indonesian responses / Inquiry International responses Juan Federer Jakarta visit Jan/Feb 1992 Leaflets Letter to Pres. Bush Letter to Gareth Evans NGO responses – Amnesty International NGO responses – Various; incl Asia Watch, ICJ. NGO responses – Various; incl CAA, YLBHI NGO responses- Mystery tablet Press Clippings - Catholic weekly & others
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ACFOA Human Rights Office Collection


  • 1985-2000 (Creation)

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Pat Walsh was active on human rights in East Timor, Indonesia and the region for some three decades, including as director of the ACFOA Human Rights office in Melbourne. In this capacity, he collected and disseminated information on a range of policy and country-specific issues, including the Santa Cruz massacre in Dili, and, supported by ACFOA, lobbied in Australia and the international community for East Timorese self-determination. He witnessed East Timor's historic 1999 referendum then relocated to Dili to help set up and advise the CAVR truth commission and its successor organisations. He is currently an adviser to the Centro Nacional Chega! (CNC) and an adviser to CHART, the Diplomacy Training Program and Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR).

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Individual documents are numbered in writing in the order in which they were found in folders during archival description and digitisation processes.

The digital versions of the original physical documents are black and white faithful copies which are provided for research on their content. Where there is any doubt about the authenticity of a document, the original physical item must remain the ultimate primary reference source.

Digital copies of folders generally represent the full content of the original physical folders. In the case of documents containing still-sensitive content, the document is either excluded from the digital version or is redacted to obscure parts of the document. The principal reasons for removing or redacting documents are (i) they may violate the personal privacy, or may still pose a danger to the personal safety, of an individual or (ii) the author of the document does not wish it to be published online.

Duplicates of documents in one physical folder are retained in the digital copy if they contain some difference - such as unique annotations or drafting notes.

Some individual documents are found in several different folders in the original physical collection. This fact is preserved in the physical collection and in the digital copies.

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