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.