Item consists of correspondence and reports regarding the Darwin East Timorese Tetun School project from about 1989 to 1995. Many of the documents focus on support offered by Japanese allies for this project.
This document was sourced from Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP). Titled, Speech by Geraldo Magno, FRETILIN, to the 6th NFIP Conference, the conference took place from November 1-7, 1990 in Aotearoa. Geraldo Magno begins by acknowledging the conference’s occurrence on Maori land and emphasising East Timorese indigenous origins. He then describes East Timor’s political situation and discusses Indonesian policies of genocide in the country. Magno emphasises the consolidation of East Timorese identity since the Indonesian invasion and discusses his people’s armed struggle. He then presents victories of his movement and argues the signing of the Timor Gap agreement between Indonesia and Australia is a violation of East Timor’s right to self-determination. Finally, he calls for an end to nuclear testing in the Oceania region. At the end of the document is a draft resolution with nine points related to the content of the speech.
This document was sourced from Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP). 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.
This document was sourced from Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP). 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.
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.
Book about the history of East Timor and Japan's involvement and responsibility in the matter. Table of contents (see below for original Japanese): • Japan’s Responsibility: Fretilin’s message to the United Nations • Chapter 1: Do you know East Timor? • Chapter 2: Details on the East Timor War • Chapter 3: Fretilin and the people of East Timor • Chapter 4: Indonesia and East Timor • Chapter 5: Japan and East Timor • Chapter 6: Each country’s response to the situation • Chapter 7: The end— What we can do about it Contains multiple graphs, the translated message of Fretilin to the United Nations, a letter from the Indonesian foreign minister Adam Malik to Jose Manuel Ramos Horta, and multiple pictures of the war.
East Timor Alert network protesters attempt to block access to a loading bay at the Pratt and Whitney factory in Toronto. Pratt and Whitney was one company issued with military export licences to Indonesia. The protest aimed to highlight Canada's role in arming Indonesia as part of ETAN's campaign for an arms embargo on Indonesia. Photographer at right is one of the reporters who covered this event. The protesters were removed and arrested by local police.
This document is an excerpt from the Asia-Pacific Conference on East Timor (APCET) Report and Proceedings. The conference was held from May 31 – June 5, 1994.
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Don’t forget East Timor
Former Bishop Emeritus of the Japanese Catholic Council for Justice and Peace, Bishop Aloisius Nobuo Soma begins his address by emphasising the UN’s primary role in facilitating self-determination and the independence of former colonies. He argues that the Indonesian government’s behaviour towards East Timor has completely gone against this priority and has deprived Timor of its rightful independence from Portugal. The Bishop emphasises the eight resolutions passed by the UN and Indonesia’s ignorance of them. Next, the Bishop makes an appeal to Indonesia and its core principles asking it to respect the rights of the Timorese and establish peace. The Bishop then explains that despite the treatment the people of East Timor have received from Indonesia, the former do not intend to cause any issues for the latter should they become independent. The Bishop then appeals to the UN to use its power to rectify the situation of the East Timorese while emphasising a Timorese Bishop’s call for decolonisation. He describes the transnational religious advocacy network surrounding the plight of the Timorese. He discusses the importance of NGOs in educating the public and pressuring governments to act. The Bishops ends his speech with a pledge of solidarity with the East Timorese.
The Report and Proceedings of APCET was published by the University of the Philippines in Dilman, Quezon City, Philippines.