This document was sourced from Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP). Titled, Statement on East Timor, it was written by Beryl Gaffney, Member of Parliament from House of Commons (Canada) to United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation. The statement was published on August 7th, 1991. Gaffney begins by stating her position as Liberal Party Critic for Human Rights that those in North America and the UN and have a responsibility to act for the people of East Timor. She describes the situation of East Timor and the Timorese since Indonesia’s 1975 invasion and refers to it as a genocide. Gaffney then discusses Amnesty international’s reports on Timor and argues that Indonesia has violated the UN’s basic principles. Next, she calls for the condemnation of Indonesia for its failure to respect the human rights of the East Timorese. She then explains Indonesia’ ignorance of UN requests and criticizes Canadian economic involvement with Indonesia. Finally, she urges that the UN encourage its members to link international human rights to aid and that the UN Special Committee on Decolonisation work to withdraw Indonesian forces from East Timor to allow it to self-determine.
This document was sourced from Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP). 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.
This document was sourced from Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP). Titled, Treading carefully in East Timor, the document is an account of a week-long visit to East Timor by Australian Kirsty Sword. The account is 1,350 words long. Within it, Ms. Sword describes her experience talking with East Timorese and her observations of their mindset and their knowledge of the attitudes of the rest of the world towards their struggle. She also explains her discussions with priests regarding the independence movement of the Timorese. Next, she presents her experience of being surveyed by Indonesian intelligence agents. Finally, she explains that compared to another Australian traveller, she had had a much less constrained trip to East Timor.