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Colonizing East Timor: Indonesia and Australia’s Oil Drilling Plans

  • CAPPP1991
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  • July/August, 1991

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Titled, Colonizing East Timor: Indonesia and Australia’s Oil Drilling Plans, the article was written by Allan Nairn in the Petrochemical age section of the July/August 1991 issue of Multinational Monitor. The article argues that Australia is reaping rewards from Indonesia’s invasion of East Timor by extracting the oil of East Timor’s seabed through the Timor Gap Treaty. It signed the treaty with Indonesia in 1989. The article features a quote from Jose Ramos Horta that argues the hypocrisy of Australia as it concurrently joined a war against Iraq in the name of international law while saying that Indonesia was not precluded by international law from invading Timor. Next, the article presents the comments of Dick Woolcott, the Australian ambassador to Indonesia, on the Indonesian invasion of Timor. It then explains that oil company research in the early 1970s had estimated that the disputed waters between Australian and Timor could hold vast amounts of oil and natural gas. Finally, the article argues that the Timor Gap Treaty is the first international agreement that formally legitimizes the Indonesian annexation of Timor and presents Portugal’s challenge to Australia over the treaty in the World Court.

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Come-into Evaluation all of the University of East Timors’ Students

  • CAPPP1991
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  • October 31st, 1991

This document was sourced from Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP).
Titled, Come-into Evaluation all of the University of East Timors’ Students, the document was published on October 31st, 1991 in Dilli by University of East Timors’ student. It begins with a welcome message to ambassadors and journalists. The message then expresses a desire for self-determination and freedom for East Timor. It elaborates conditions under Indonesian military occupation and asks foreign observers to help engender a referendum for the East Timorese people.

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Death in East Timor

  • CAPPP1992
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  • February 10th, 1992

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Titled, Death in East Timor, the document is part of Third World Network Features and was received February 10th, 1992. It is an account of the experience of a mother, Helen Todd: a Malaysian freelance journalist whose son was killed by the November 12th, 1991 Santa Cruz massacre in East Timor. Her son, Kamal Bamadhaj, was the only foreigner killed during the shooting. Helen Todd emphasises her difficulty in discovering the reason for the fate of her son and expresses her belief that it demonstrates the misinformation and mendacity of Indonesia’s government. She also discusses Kamal’s observations of the Indonesian regime’s tactics to hide realities when discussing East Timor with foreigners. Next, she provides eye witness accounts of the shooting of the procession to the Dili cemetery. Finally, she presents Kamal’s observations of the attitudes of the Timorese, especially Timorese youth, before the march.

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East Timor - a backgrounder

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  • May, 1992

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It is the May, 1992, Number 11, issue of Pacific Issues published by the Centre for Peace Studies of the University of Auckland. Titled “East Timor – a backgrounder”, it an informative document discussing several elements of East Timor. The subsections of the document are: “Historical background”, “The 1975 invasion and subsequent events” and “Political implications”. The information sheet was prepared with the assistance of the Auckland East Timor Independence Committee.

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East Timor votes for independence. Theme issue of Tok Blong Pasifik, magazine of the Pacific Peoples' Partnership, December 1999

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  • 1999

PPP supported the International Federation for East Timor Observer Project (IFET-OP) during the 1999 referendum in Timor-Leste. This special issue of the organization's magazine includes eyewitness accounts from several Canadian observers.

Tragedy or Betrayal: The United Nations
Consultation in East Timor
(Randall Garrison)

East Timor and the (In)Security Agreement
(Bob Crane)

Post-Vote Violence - A Coordinated Campaign
(Drew Penland)

Women and the Vote for Independence
(Erin McQuillan)

East Timor Snapshots: Diary Excerpts
(Aaron Goodman)

Canada's Foreign Minister on East Timor
(Lloyd Axworthy)

A New Nation and a New Order:
The Political Future of East Timor and
Indonesia
(Arlindo Marcal)

The Road to an Independent Timor Lorosae:
Assessing the First Three Months
(Ceu Brites)

East Timor NGO Forum Statement to
International Donors

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East Timor: From 'slavery & oppression & tyranny' to freedom

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  • April, 1993

Titled, East Timor: From ‘slavery & oppression & tyranny to freedom, it was presented by Abé Barreto Soares during the National Council of Maubere Resistance (CNRM) tour of North America, April 1993. It begins with Soares’ description of his experience and observations after the Indonesia military invaded East Timor in December of 1975. Soares explains his decision to join Renetil, the East Timorese students’ resistance organisation at Java’s Gadjah Mada University. He explains that the Santa Cruz massacre and subsequent arrest of his friends of Renetil compelled him to seek asylum in Canada. Next, he explains that although he does not fear arrest for speaking out, he worries about repercussions for his family and friends in East Timor. He then dispels the Indonesian narrative that the Timorese voted to become the 27th province of the Republic of Indonesia. Finally, Soares discusses the legacy of the Santa Cruz massacre and reminds listeners that the struggle against Indonesian occupation and human rights abuses will continue in East Timor so long as the Indonesian military remains in there.

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East Timor: The struggle for self-determination

  • CAPPPNAtour1993
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  • April, 1993

This document was sourced from Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP).
Titled, East Timor: the struggle for self-determination, it was presented by Constancio Pinto, Executive Secretary for the Clandestine Front during the National Council of Maubere Resistance (CNRM) tour of North America, April 1993. Pinto’s presentation begins with his description of his experience during the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. He then presents his time in the Maubere resistance. He describes his arrest, beating and interrogation by the Indonesian military as well as the condition of other political prisoners in Indonesian jail. Next, he discusses the expectations of the East Timorese for the visit of the Portuguese parliamentary delegation. He then describes preparations for a march on November 12, 1991 at Santa Cruz cemetery. He gives an eyewitness account of the shooting of demonstrators by the Indonesian military during the march. He then describes his escape from East Timor. Finally, he emphasises that the East Timorese victory against the Indonesians must be a political and not a military victory, calls for an end to North American military and economic aid to Indonesia until it ends its occupation of Timor, and emphasises the Timorese desire to join in talks hosted by the UN Secretary General between Portugal and Indonesia in Rome on April 21st, 1993.

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Financing Ecological Destruction, The World Bank and the IMF

  • CAPPP1987
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  • 1987

This document was sourced from Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP).
Titled, Financing Ecological Destruction, The World Bank and the IMF, the article was published in 1987. Its first section, titled Five Fatal Projects, presents growing concerns over the ecological impact of World Bank projects and expresses support for World Bank solutions to these critiques. Its second section, “Indonesia: Transmigration”, describes a World Bank sponsored project that would move hundreds of thousands of families and destroy 3.3 million hectares of tropical rainforest. It argues that no further World Bank investments into the project should be approved before five conditions are met that promote ecological integrity and the rights of Indigenous peoples.

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Human rights in East Timor: A recent eyewitness account

  • CAPPP1990
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  • February, 1990

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Titled, Human rights in East Timor: A recent eyewitness account, the account is prefaced by an explanation of the Indonesian security personnel’s dispersal of a demonstration by East Timorese students on January 17th, 1990 in Dili. The account is provided by Andrew McMillan and Jenny Groves, two Australian tourists who were on vacation in East Timor on the day of the independence demonstration. It was written in Darwin in February of 1990.
The account begins by describing the visit of the US Ambassador, John Monjo, to Indonesia and the demonstration organised by 80 to 100 students in front of Hotel Turismo. It then explains a confrontation between the students and Indonesian soldiers and a subsequent discussion between the US Ambassador and demonstrators. Next, it describes the Indonesian authorities’ response to the demonstration after the Ambassador left the hotel. Among other confrontations, the account explains that one demonstrator was beaten to death and that there was evidence, seen by the US ambassador, that another had been shot and his body had been retrieved by Indonesian soldiers. Mr. McMillan and Ms. Groves then describe their discussion with two US diplomats immediately after the violent end to the demonstration. Finally, the document explains that both Andrew and Jenny sighed affidavits of what they had witnessed and Andrew testified at the UN Human Rights Commission Hearing in Geneva in February of 1990.

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Indonesia

  • CAPPP1992
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  • December 22nd, 1992

This document was sourced from Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP).
Titled, Indonesia, the report addresses Canada-Indonesia bilateral relations in the context of the East Timor issue. It was created on December 22nd, 1992 by the Canadian Ministry of External Affairs Asia Pacific branch. The report begins by providing background on the shootings in Dili on November 12, 1991 and the actions taken by the Suharto regime following them. It then discusses the Canadian position on the Dili shootings and the country’s suspension of new development projects for Indonesia worth $30 million. Next, it discusses the Canadian delegation’s efforts at the UN Commission of Human Rights. (UNCHR) (A note is provided that sheds light on the information provided). Penultimately, it expresses positivity in regards to Indonesia’s response to the text released by the UNCHR. Finally, the document explains that Canada has not lifted its suspension of aid to Indonesia through the Consultative Group for Indonesia because of its observations in Timor and those of Amnesty International.

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