Item 1990 - East Timor Alert Network Newsletter 1990

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East Timor Alert Network Newsletter 1990


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Printed newsletter; 30 pp.

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East Timor (Timor-Leste) was invaded in 1975 by Indonesia and occupied by the Indonesian armed forces until 1999, with widespread resulting human rights violations. The East Timor Alert Network (ETAN/Canada) was founded in 1986 to raise awareness about the situation of East Timor and to change Canadian government policy, which accepted Indonesian rule.

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[ETAN Canada Newsletter]
Fall/Winter 1990
Inside East Timor

  • Student protests/youth unrest
    -General Murdani’s visit
    -100 Timorese civilians massacred by Indonesian army
    International Update
  • Continued criticism at the annual United Nations Decolonization Hearings
    -strong statement regarding support of Western countries, made by Canadian MP Ray Funk
    -Portuguese parliamentary visit cancelled by Indonesia
    -meeting between UN Secretary General and Parliamentarians for East Timor cancelled due to Gulf emergency
    -Portuguese President Soares met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican
    -Portuguese Prime Minister advocates for the continued pressuring of the international community
    -Portuguese parliament initiates a National Timor Prize
    -The Timor Gap Treaty is ratified by the Australian parliament, yet faces legal review
    -the Inter-governmental Group on Indonesia gave 4.5 billion USD to Indonesia this year
    -the International Federation of Journalists condemns Indonesia for the restricted access to East Timor
    -the Council of Europe accepts a resolution condemning the Indonesia occupation of East Timor
    -the Socialist International adopts a strong resolution condemning Indonesia’s illegal occupation of East Timor
    -Portugal and Indonesia elected to the UN Human Rights Commission (the Western and Asian groups respectively)
    -Asia Watch Report entitled “A Human Rights Update on Indonesia and East Timor” is released in the US
    -the Lawyers Committee of the US strongly criticizes Washington’s position on human rights violations in East Timor
    -General Murdani speaks out against Iraq’s seizure of Kuwait
    In Canada
    -Bill Ripley from Queen’s University goes on 45-day hunger strike to protest Canadian support of Indonesian genocide of East Timorese
    -Canadian Embassy representatives visit East Timor
    -Actions for Canadians to take to support the East Timorese cause
    News Articles/Appendices
    -“Timor ‘wipe out’ threat” (11/3/90)
    -“Canadian investment mission” (06/03/90)
    -“A new NGO on Indonesian affairs in the US” (June 1990)
    -“Top-secret talks held on East Timor ‘trauma’” (29/04/1990)
    -“Indonesia accused of Timor massacre” (27/06/90)
    -“Group claims Timor killings” (27/06/90)
    -“A Tourist in Timor” (April 1990)
    -“East Timor Bishop Reports Torture and Pleads That Lisbon Intervene” (02/11/90)
    -“Translation of a Letter from Bishop Belo, Apostolic Administrator of Dili” (27/06/89)
    -“Map prepared by the FRETILIN Lisbon Office” (June 1990)
    -“Territories with which the special committee is concerned” (May 1989)
    -“Students fasting three days” (April 1990)
    -“Hunger Strike: Kingston man protesting Canadian role in cultural ‘genocide’ on Pacific islands”
    -“Hunger striker protests genocide in East Timor” (03/09/1990)
    -“Prof fights to halt East Timor ‘genocide’”
    -“Hunger stroke into second week” (03/13/1990)
    -“Assembly votes to encourage screening of donations”
    -“Assembly supports hunger striker”
    -“Kingston man addresses UN East Timor committee” (08/10/1990)
    -“Deserves scrutiny” (09/04/1990)
    -“Stop Canadian complicity”/Torture of East Timorese (04/12/1990)
    -“Hypocritical claims” (10/19/1990)
    -“Letters to the editor: Doesn’t seem to matter” (03/26/1990)
    -“Our outrage over Iraq shows hypocrisy” (08/22/1990)
    -“Tragedy continues in East Timor” (04/18/1990)
    -“East Timor: A Foot in the Door (August 1989)
    -“Memo: re recent visit to Indonesia” (June 1990)
    -“The CIA supplied Suharto with death lists in 1965” (June 1990)


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Originals at Bishop's (private collection) and McMaster University Archives

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