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East Timor Human Rights Concerns

International organizations department East Timor Division of Human Rights and Education

East Timor Human Rights Concerns

Working Paper submitted to the United Nations Economic and Social Council
Commission on Human Rights
1 February - 12 March 1993

The Humanitarian Project

East Timor News Monthly Memo, Portugal

Title: Monthly Memo
East Timor:

  • Xanana radio interview
  • “Press for UN investigation” by Xanana solidarity groups
  • More shootings
  • Repression in rural areas
  • Interview with Fr Ricardo
  • Student prisoners transferred to Jakarta
  • Documents received

Administrating Power: Portugal

  • Three-point government strategy rules out direct aid to armed resistance
  • “Lusitania Express” to sail to Dili
  • “Peace is possible” booklet on massacre

International Issues:

  • Initial reactions to Commissions report
  • Vanuatu in UNGA: “Murder!”
  • Canada cuts aid
  • “East Timor embassy” opened in Canberra

Indonesia:

  • Preliminary report of Investigation Commission
  • Yogyakarta students outspoken statement

Appendix: A Message to all East Timor Solidarity Groups Throughout the World, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao (commander of FALINTIL)

Appendix II: Preliminary report: National Commission of Enquiry Incident of 12 November 1991, Dili – Extracts (Jakarta, Dec 26, 91)

Commission for the Rights of the Maubere People (CDPM)

East Timor News Urgent Communique 1991-12

Title: Urgent Communique: Massacre at Santa Cruz cemetery

  • Events on Tuesday 12 November
  • Later events in the city of Dili and in other areas
  • Fresh shootings
  • Indonesian statements
  • Witnesses contradict Jakarta’s claims
    International reaction:
  • East Timor
  • United Nations
  • Portugal
  • Holland
  • Britain
  • USA
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Indonesia

Commission for the Rights of the Maubere People (CDPM)

East Timor: The Inside Story 1992-10

Title: “East Timor’s struggle continues”

  • “Osorio Soares the new governor”
  • “General Sintong sued in US federal court”
  • “Strong resolution passed by UN”
  • “World bank aid approved”
  • “Political prisoners”
  • “Britain ready to sell more arms”
  • “Schools closed”
  • “NAM ignores East Timor”
  • “Bishop Belo appeals for more freedom”

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

East Timor: The Inside Story 1992-12

Title: “For a peaceful solution in East Timor”

  • “General flees US lawsuit”
  • “Release Xanana Gusmao immediately!”
  • “Xanana, a life of struggle and dedication”
  • “Dili, Nov. 12: mourning prohibited”
  • Demonstration leader escapes from Indonesia
  • Human rights award for Fernando de Araujo

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

East Timor: The Inside Story 1993-10

Title: “East Timorese mothers write to Hilary Clinton”

  • “East Timorese prisoners update”
  • Xanana held with common criminals”
  • “Swedish and US visits to East Timor
  • “Tricksters caught red-handed”
  • “A leading human rights activist under attack”
  • “The East Timorese – A people betrayed” (by Frank Horwood)
  • “UN sponsored talks move forward… slowly”
  • “Boycott Bali”

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

East Timor: The Inside Story 1995-03

Title: “A cry for help – Jose Antonio Belo imprisoned”

  • “Jose’s letter
  • “Germany protests shame president Suharto”
  • “Resistance meeting creates diplomatic unity”
  • “Dili massacre survivor escapes to Western Australia”
  • “Truth or consequences: commission treads softly on Timor killings” (by Margot Cohen)
  • “Alatas honor appals East Timor group”
  • “UN report hammers Indonesia on human rights in East Timor” (Rob South)
  • “Indonesia contests UN report on Timor”
  • “Actions at stations of the cross”
  • “The Seed Keepers” (by Fawzi Turki)
  • “East Timor” (by Ron Hart)
  • “Mothers of Santa Cruz appeal to the world”

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

East Timor: The Inside Story 1995-12

  • “Dili Massacre commemoration rally, Perth”
  • “Midnight oil sings for East Timor”
  • “Soldier’s diary tells of war in the field” (by Michael Casey)
  • “Conflict’s brutality claims another life”
  • “Insight into army life”
  • “Return to East Timor” (by David Scott)
  • “A New Year’s message from Xanana”
  • “Academic may be charged for giving a lecture”
  • “Talks: Alatas meets resistance leaders”
  • “Coping with the foreign media”
  • “Interpreter’s changes anger Diet members” (by Masataka Ito)
  • “British arms deals with Jakarta forge ahead”
  • “Protests rock East Timor”

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

East Timor Update 1992-01

Title: East Timor Update, January 1992

Contents: Canada slashes aid to Indonesia

  • Massacre inquiry blames victims
  • Bishop renews peace call
  • Action of the Month
  • Available from ETAN

East Timor Alert Network

East Timor Update 1992-02

  • Title: East Timor Update no. 8, February 1992

Contents:

  • Cruise, crosses highlight Timor actions
  • Guelph U. rethinks aid
  • Massacre survivor jailed
  • Journalists fired for reporting
  • Media watch
  • Action of the Month
  • The Indonesia Kit

East Timor Alert Network

East Timor Update 1992-03

  • Title: East Timor Update no. 9, March 1992

Contents: Peace ship makes waves

  • Canada lifting sanctions?
  • More atrocities reported
  • Oakville petition drive
  • Action of the Month

East Timor Alert Network

East Timor Update 1992-03

  • Title: East Timor Update no. 10. March 1992

Contents: Indonesia dissolves aid consortium

  • Timor trials open
  • Peace boat turned back
  • Trent students write for Timor
  • Bush pushes military help for Indonesia
  • Theo's reign of terror
  • Action of the Month

East Timor Alert Network

East Timor Update 1992-05

  • Title: East Timor Update no. 11, May 1992

Contents: "Law and order" regime brings new terror to East Timor

  • Tough words backed by tough measures
  • Theo Syafei's overhaul
  • Terror confirmed by visitors

East Timor Alert Network

East Timor Update 1992-06

  • Title: East Timor Update no. 12, June 1992

Contents: Bata Shoes Boycott launched

  • "Subversive" students jailed
  • The aid tango
  • Torture goes on
  • US Congress considers aid cutoff
  • Blood-pouring verdict postponed
  • Xanana to UN: Don't forget East Timor
  • The Indonesia Kit
  • Action of the Month

East Timor Alert Network

East Timor Update 1992-08

  • Title: East Timor Update no. 13, August 1992

Contents: Timor massacre survivors jailed for "subversion"

  • US Representatives cut military aid to Indonesia
  • Indonesian army goes shopping in Europe
  • Canada silent at aid meet
  • Indonesia slammed at UN Decolonization meeting
  • Intimidation stepped up
  • Ontario East Timor conference held

East Timor Alert Network

East Timor Update 1992-09-01

  • East Timor Update no. 14, September 1, 1992

Contents: Indonesia assails human rights groups

  • Offshore oil plundered
  • New attacks in Timor mountains
  • Portugal says no
  • Free East Timor: Fall Action Campaign

East Timor Alert Network

East Timor Update 1992-09-25

  • Title: East Timor Update no. 15, September 25, 1992

Contents: New Timor Governor a "common criminal"

  • New peace talks?
  • Victim's family sues general
  • Irish support self-determination
  • Univ's rethink aid to Indonesia
  • US companies fight to keep military aid for Indonesia
  • Peace groups mark Nov. 12
  • Cold Blood

East Timor Alert Network

East Timor Update 1992-10

  • Title: East Timor Update no. 16, October 1992

Contents: Canadian woman confronts Suharto

  • Peace talks on track
  • Timor tour goes to Ontario, Quebec universities
  • More arrests in East Timor
  • US ends military aid to Indonesia
  • Portuguese Canadian communities act for East Timor
  • November 12: First anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre, An International Day of Action for the People of East Timor
  • Action of the Month

East Timor Alert Network

East Timor Update 1992-11

  • Title: East Timor Update no. 17, November 1992

Contents: East Timor massacre remembered worldwide

  • Silent mouths in Timor
  • General flees U.S.
  • Heap: end aid to Indonesia

East Timor Alert Network

East Timor Update 1993-11-01

  • East Timor Update no. 27, November 1, 1993

Contents: Canada accused of "hypocrisy" on Timor

  • Thanks, Ray!
  • Security tightened for massacre anniversary
  • Flag dissent
  • Red Cross returns
  • Postcards to Xanana
  • Remember East Timor Massacre

East Timor Alert Network

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