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Various documents 2


  • 1988 (Creation)

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Textual Record. 124 pp.

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Arnold Kohen founded The Humanitarian Project, with support from figures such as Anderson, Bishop Paul Moore Jr of New York, and others. He worked with NBC as an investigative reporter, and was influential from 1979 onward in getting Timor-Leste into the editorial and news pages of US mainstream media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe and many other publications. His advocacy work in the US Congress involved several figures, including Democratic Congressman Tony Hall, Democratic Senators Paul Tsongas and Carl Levin, Republican Senator Dave Durenberger and later, Republican Senator Malcolm Wallop. Globally, he was active in networks starting with the first international conference on East Timor held in Lisbon in May 1979 and including the Christian Consultation on East Timor network.

In addition to his own work, Kohen was at the centre of a number of networks, making him one of the world’s most-connected Timor advocates. The political range included Noam Chomsky on the Left to former Reagan Administration National Security Advisor William Clark on the Right. The collection thus represents a remarkable record of Timor advocacy and documentation in the USA and internationally.

Materials in this collection relate to Kohen’s Timor advocacy from 1975 to about 2007, covering the period of Indonesian occupation (1975-99) plus a box of additional
materials for the years after 1999. The collection comprises 15 boxes now at Bishop’s University in Quebec. Two boxes of additional material are expected in May 2019.

One of the 15 boxes is made up of records supplied by Martin Rendon, aide to Representative Tony Hall and longtime Timor supporter. One additional box is made up of 1975—1984 materials from Daniel Southerland, former diplomatic correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and one of the most respected foreign affairs journalists of his generation. Both were close associates of Kohen and both boxes relate to Timor-Leste. The remaining boxes are Kohen’s own papers. They are in the process of being described at Bishop’s.


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Various documents that include memorandums, letters and documents written in 1988.

1988 file 2 various documents:

  • Letter to an Editor regarding the focus on improvement in Indonesia’s human rights
    record in their November 21st account of Asia Watch
  • Letter to The New York Times from Aryeh Neier (01.12.1988) | 2 pp.
  • Letter to Ambassador Robert T. Hennemeyer from. Richard L. Wilson, Country Director
    for Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore (09.12.1988)
  • Draft letter looking for comments and/or suggestions (1988) | 2 pp.
  • Letter to all participants in the consultations on East Timor from Ana Nunes, Fourth
    Christian Consultation on East Timor (06.01.1988) enclosed is a map of Lisbon and
    information about where the consultation will be held and an application form | 3 pp.
  • Document to the Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs, Ottawa from The
    Canadian Embassy, Jakarta (07.09.1988) Subj.: Trip Report - East Timor | 17 pp.
  • Statement for the East Timor Hearing of the UN Decolonization Committee by Klemens
    Ludwig, Society for Threatened Peoples (12.08.1988) | 7 pp.
  • Letter to Arnold Kohen from Elaine Brière, East Timor Alert Network (Canada)
  • Statement by Dr. Roque Rodrigues, Member of the Central Committee of Fretilin before
    the Special Committee on Decolonization (12.08.1988) | 10 pp.
  • Statement of the representative of Portugal Mr. Rui Quartin-Santos before the Special
    Committee on the Situation with Regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the
    Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples on the Question of East
    Timor (12.08.1988) | 11 pp.
  • East Timor Report and Emergency Appeal No. 19: 1988, International Committee of the
    Red Cross | 21 pp.
  • East Timor Meeting, New York (13.08.1988) | 4 pp.
  • Statement on East Timor at the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization by
    Kozaburo Yamada, Member of the House of Councillors of Japan (12.08.1988) | 6 pp.
  • Human Rights Commission, 44th Session, Geneva, 1988:
  • Right of Reply on Item 10 by H.E Poedji Koentarso of the Republic of Indonesia |
    3 pp.
  • Right of Reply on Item 10 by Mrs. Ana Martins Gomes, member of the
    Portuguese delegation | 6 pp.
  • Right of Reply on Item 12 by Mr. Hadi Wayarabi of the Republic of Indonesia | 3
  • Right of Reply on Item 12 by Mrs. Ana Martins Gomes, member of the
    Portuguese delegation | 3 pp.
  • Right of Reply under Item 9 by H.E. Ambassador Poedji Koentarso of the
    Republic of Indonesia | 4 pp.
  • Intervention de L’Ambassador Antonio Costa Lobo, Chef de la délégation du
    Portugal | 7 pp (in French)
  • Statement by Mr. Satsuki Eda MP (Japan), Mr. Tony Lamb, MP (Australia) and
    Lord Fivebury (United Kingdom)
  • Declaration on behalf of East Timor | 2 pp.
  • Right of Reply on Item 9 “La situation au Timor Oriental” | 2 pp.
  • Statement from Commission des droits de l’homme (44e session - 1988) “Extrait de
    l’intervention du représentant de la République Populaire d’Angola” (in french)
  • Draft letter to the editor (not clear to whom)
  • An invitation to the Reception for Human Rights Watch, Tuesday, December 6, 1988 in
    Washington, DC
  • Letter to Mr. gene Christy, Deputy Director of the Office of Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei
    and Singapore Affairs from Eric Schwartz with an enclosed letter to Senator George
    Shultz from Jack Greenberg


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  • English
  • French

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  • Latin

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Ten pages are written in French.

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