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Other Comite Ativo Nao-Violencia e Solidariedade Timorense 1992-10-12

Official title: Estatuto Organico e Programa de Trabalho do Comite Ativo Nao-Violencia e Solidariedade Timorense
Contents: Statute of the creation of the Comite Ativo Nao-Violencia e Solidariedade Timorense (Action Committee for Non-Violence and Timorese Solidarity), exposing the purpose of its creation (support and canalize other nations support and solidarity for East Timor), its mission: i. using the principles of International Law to guide their support (material, spiritual and moral) to people who were affected by the war; ii. educate people to end the conflict and to avoid violence; iii. Condemn and criticize any transgression of universal laws and their principles. The document also brings the establishment of the guidelines of the Committee’s work for the short and long term, pointing specifically to their actions (such as giving medical assistance to injured people, helping the young people to get in school, to find jobs, create a library, etc.) and specifically delineate the structure of the Committee (an organogram of functions, each one designated, period of the meetings, etc.).

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Report CDPM - Austrian Ambassador in Indonesia 1997-11-18

Report by CDPM of a letter to the Austrian ambassador in Indonesia appealing for solidarity with the Timorese who are refugees in the Austrian embassy in Indonesia and asking the Austrian ambassador not to give up on the cause, even with the mounting pressure from Indonesia. The document also states that CDPM directed an appeal to around 30 organizations from Portuguese civil society to ask for pressure on the Austrian ambassador in Portugal regarding the same situation. The appeal had two objectives: make them feel the pressure of Portuguese public opinion and give the Austrian government arguments to use with the Indonesians about sending the 6 refugees to Portugal.
Annexes: report of the meeting with the ambassador and briefing of the refugees' history.

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Letter Cristina Cruz (CDPM) - President of Guinea Bissau 1996-09-24

Letter by CDPM to the President of Guinea Bissau congratulating him on the 23rd anniversary of the Republic of Guinea Bissau and expressing strong protests to the visit of the Guinean Ministry of Youth and Sports to Indonesia, lest this visit symbolize the recognition of the Indonesian strategy for the annexation of East Timor. CDPM states that Guinea Bissau had adopted a pro-East Timor position in the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPTLT) and that CDPM would be grateful if Guinea could press Indonesia, either at CPTL or at an Islamic Conference.

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Letter/Report CDPM – Unidentified 1990-09-04

Letter reporting the discussion during the meeting of Yasuko Takemura, Japanese Parliamentary, and UN under-secretary-general, Rafeeudin Achmed. Yasuko proposed this meeting, accepting José Ramos-Horta's suggestion, with the intention of clarifying the letter that the Secretary-General sent to Suharto and then to Mario Soares to encourage Indonesia to allow a Portuguese-parliamentary mission. The under-secretary-general had been watching the East Timor situation very closely and was, according to the document, notably pro-Indonesia. A direct negotiation between Indonesia and Portugal, as he proposes, would not necessarily result in gains to the Timorese and, at the same time, would eliminate the debate at the UN. During the meeting, Achmed tried to defend by saying that the newspaper at Jakarta’s Post may be an Indonesian interpretation of the letter and not necessarily what he was trying to propose. Takemura also asked about the letter from Bishop Belo asking for a referendum and the answer was vague.
Annexes: newspaper clipping of the Jakarta’s Post.

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Letter CDPM and APPTL - Sousa Lara 1991-07-24

Letter by the APPTL and CDPM offering to the Portuguese congressmen the updated information about several aspects of the Timorese reality before they traveled to the country on an attempt to understand the real situation there. Suggestions of topics to be provided by APPTL and CDPM to Portuguese Congressmen: geography, demography, sociology, religion, economy, language, culture, health, education, human rights, military situation, Indonesian administration, guerrilla forces, etc. The information would be relayed through a course with 3 or 4 sessions, to be given by professors, researchers, Timorese refugees and to be paid by the Assembly of Republic.

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Press release 1989-08-31

Official title: Comunicado de Imprensa – Sobre a visita do Papa João Paulo II a Timor Leste
Contents: Press release reporting the upcoming visit of Pope João Paulo II to some Asiatic countries, including East Timor, and Indonesia's preparation to receive him.
Main topics: An Indonesian cleaning operation in East Timor; the persecution of the East Timor Catholic Church; the denial of help for humanitarian aid institutions; the silence of the Vaticano regarding the situation; the risks of political involvement during this visit (Indonesia tries to take advantage of it so the Pope would support the annexation).

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Letter CDPM - Unidentified 1991

Official title: Estimados amigos
Contents: Letter by CDPM comparing the different treatment given to the Iraq invasion of Kuwait and the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. In both cases some resolutions were approved by the UN, condemning the aggressor and demanding reparations, but in the first case, more dramatic measures were taken (such as a naval blockade and economic retaliations) to stop the invasion. The letter asks that due attention be paid to the East Timor situation.

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Report APPTL and CDPM 1987-06-22

Official title: Proposition de Travail pour la Sous-Commission
Contents: Report with propositions for collaboration in the approval of a report in the Sub-Commission of Human Rights at the UN, regarding the importance it can have in the next meeting of the UN General Assembly. The document punctuates specific considerations that would be useful to achieving the final objective.

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Other Unidentified 1991-10-11

Official title: Ideias principais
Contents: Handwritten telephone transcription detailing the main ideas regarding the conversation between Portugal and Indonesia at the United Nations with the participation of other civil society agents (Church, Timorese representatives, etc.) who wanted a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

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Press Release Comissão para os Direitos do Povo Maubere (CDPM) 1984-07-11

Press release concerning the meeting between CDPM and some Portuguese authorities where CDPM exposed its deep concerns. As they say, it is not enough that a few Portuguese organs of sovereignty manifest their solidarity with the Maubere people, instead, Portugal is a key actor in this struggle and should position itself as one. They also state that human rights violations in East Timor begin with the non-recognition of the Timorese right to self-determination and that Portugal should accept FRETILIN as the only movement to national liberation, aligning itself diplomatically to FRETILIN's efforts in the international arena.

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Press Release Christian Solidarity International 1985-12-18

Press release reporting a letter by Christian Solidarity International, an ecumenical entity concerned with East Timor issues, to the candidates for the Presidency in Portugal. The letter demonstrates deep concern with the disrespect for the Timorese ethnic, cultural, and religious identity being violated by Indonesia, and appealing to the candidates to contribute to finding a fair solution to the situation.

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