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East Timor Human Rights Committee

  • Corporate body
  • c. 1975-86

The East Timor Human Rights Committee was formed as one of the earliest US solidarity groups, and based in Syracuse, New York.

East Timor Independence Committee (Auckland, NZ)

  • Corporate body
  • [ca. 1981]-2000

The East Timor Independence Committee can be traced back to roughly 1981, when Helen Yensen revitalized Greenpeace and East Timor activist Elaine Shaw's solidarity and networking efforts. Membership grew steadily throughout the 1980s. The Santa Cruz massacre prompted further outrage surrounding the occupation of East Timor and brought further support for the group's efforts. ETIC Auckland took responsibility for the production and mailing of most of the issues of the national newsletter, Nettalk, around 1994, along with its occasional supplements, known as Action Alerts. Work was done by unpaid volunteers and solidarity activities were financed through donations and fundraising. Upon the group's dissolution in 2000, the ETIC recommended its members become involved with the Timor Lorosae Support Group and the Indonesian Human Rights Committee to ensure Timor's smooth transition to independence. The ETIC's remaining assets were distributed amongst various organizations supporting Timorese independence.

East Timor International Support Center

  • Corporate body

ETISC was formed to support the diplomatic front of the Timorese resistance and worked closely with the National Council of Maubere Resistance (CNRM) diplomatic wing, led by Jose Ramos Horta. It was based in Australia and provided information for other solidarity organizations.

East Timor News Agency

  • ETNA
  • Corporate body
  • 1975-

The East Timor News Agency was founded by Roger East as an independent news service. Roger East was executed by an Indonesian firing squad on December 8, 1975.

East Timor Relief Association

  • Corporate body

ETRA was based in Sydney, Australia. Key figures: Agio Pereira, Ines Almeida. Published Matebian News.

East Timor Talks Campaign

  • Corporate body
  • 1990s

The East Timor Talks campaign was an ad-hoc group formed to call for a Timorese-Indonesian dialogue process. Founded by Pat Walsh, Herb Feith and others, it was based in Australia, but also operated internationally.

Free East Timor Coalition

  • FETC
  • Corporate body
  • 1997-[2000?]

The Free East Timor Coalition was founded September 14, 1997 in Whaingaroa (Raglan), New Zealand. It served as a national coalition for East Timor solidarity groups around Aotearoa (New Zealand). Its founding members hailed from six solidarity groups based in the following areas: Whangārei, Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), Kirikiriroa (Hamilton), Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington), Ōtautahi (Christchurch), and Ōtepoti (Dunedin). It was at the Coalition's founding meeting on September 14, 1997 that members decided to jointly publish the Nettalk newsletter on a quarterly basis. Activists also pooled their resources and experience to streamline and maximize the impact of solidarity efforts. The Coalition, in turn, financed the printing and distribution of newsletters, national and international communication costs, some speaking tour costs, meetings with Government and administrative costs.

Friends of East Timor - Western Australia (FOET-WA) (Australia)

  • Corporate body
  • 1975- c. 2000

(Sample draft description, incomplete). Established around the time of the occupation, FOET-WA was one of the first solidarity groups in Australia, but faded and re-appeared over time. In the 1990s it began to publish East Timor: The Inside Story. It was active in numerous campaigns, taking the lead on several including the campaign to free youth activist Jose Antonio Belo in the mid-1990s. It had no office and its membership shifted voer time extensively, but it was always informally linked to the office of Senator Gordon McIntosh.

Global Affairs Canada

  • Corporate body
  • 1908-present

The Department of External Affairs was formed in 1908 to represent Canada outside its borders. It later absorbed trade and development functions on behalf of the Canadian government. Full information on Global Affairs Canada web site,

These document are drawn from the department's files at Library and Archives Canada (LAC), where they make up Record Group 25.

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