Titled, Canadians Concerned about Ethnic Violence in Indonesia, this position paper was created in January, 1999. It provides first a brief description of CCEVI. Then it discusses “The Historical Context of Anti-Chinese Discrimination and Violence” focusing on three components: “Pre-Suharto,” “The Suharto Years” and “Anti-Chinese Violence.” After, it presents “The Events of Mid-May, 1998” with sub-sections “The Riots” and “The Rapes”. Finally, it provides both “Recent Developments and CCEVI’s Recommendation to the Canadian Government” and “CCEVI’s Recommendations” – four courses of action that it argues the Canadian government could take to help re-establish stability in Indonesia.
Canadians Concerned about Ethnic Violence in Indonesia
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.
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.
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.
This document was sourced from Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP). Titled, Visit of Canadian Embassy Representatives to East Timor, it presents the observations of Mr. Kirby, Counsellor/Consul of the Embassy, from his visit to East Timor from December 19-28, 1989. After describing the elements of Mr. Kirby’s visit, the document then details the East Timor’s political situation. It focus is specifically on political changes made since the December, 1988 presidential decree providing East Timor equal status with the other Indonesian provinces. The document discusses detainments of Timorese demonstrators and a reorganisation of the local military command structure. The security situation is then described as is Mr. Kirby’s visit to Becora jail in Dili. Finally, the province’s economic situation and respect for human rights are discussed. Mr. Kirby explains that the general human rights situation seemed to be improved over years past.
This document was sourced from Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP). It was published by East Timor Action Network / U.S. Titled, The “New World Order” Includes Genocide, the document discusses Indonesia’s use of U.S. military and development aid to perpetrate its occupation and control of East Timor. The document argues killings in Indonesian-controlled East Timor are common and details the amount of aid the US provides to the Suharto regime. It asks supports to write to their Congresspeople to urge them to suspend all aid and weapons sales to Indonesia. Finally, it makes four suggestions as to “What you can do to stop genocide in East Timor” and provides the Dec. 6th, 1991 New York Times Op-ed page titled “Realism and Evil” by Anthony Lewis. The op-ed discusses East Timor and U.S. reactions to its fate.
This document was sourced from Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP). Titled, Translation of interview by Robert Domm with Shanana Gusmao, it was published on September 27th, 1990. Robert Domm begins by explaining that he is reporting for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from the Military Headquarters of the Armed resistance to Indonesian occupation of East Timor. Domm explains that for the first time in 15 years since Indonesia invaded in 1975, he is speaking to the commander of the Falantil, the armed forces of the Resistance. The interview begins with a discussion of the military situation in East Timor. It then transitions to topics such as the logistical considerations of East Timorese resistance fighters, the political positioning of Falantil, the role of Timorese students and the Catholic church in the struggle for independence and East Timorese life under Indonesian rule. It ends with Shanana Gusmao’s comments on struggles for self-determination in other parts of the world and his comments on possible solutions for the conflict between East Timor and Indonesia.
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.