[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)
These photographs were taken at a demonstration in support of East Timor held in Ottawa on the 20th anniversary of the invasion, 7 December 1995. Demonstration organized by East Timor Alert Network/Ottawa. Key figures in images: Bella Galhos, Kerry Pither.