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East Timor was invaded by Indonesia in 1975, and annexed the next year. At least a third of the population has been wiped out. The East Timor Action Network/US moderates a section on East Timor over PeaceNet.

Roman Catholic Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo and East Timorese diplomat-in-exile Jose Ramos-Horta Awarded Nobel Peace Prize. This award is sure to spell renewed interest in the conflict in East Timor, and perhaps new pressures for a just resolution to the conflict. At the same time, Carmel Budiardjo of TAPOL visited Seattle on October 20, 1996. For information on both events, please see ETAN/Seattle's press release. Ramos-Horta was a guest on the PBS NewsHour Online Forum.

The (US) East Timor Action Network now has a national web site.

TimorNet, available through the University of Coimbra, is another great place to start, and some good images are available here. A "course" on East Timor with cultural and historical reference materials is also at TimorNet. The Free East Timor page in Portugal stores the autobiography of jailed resistance leader Xanana Gusmao and a number of other graphics and news updates. (This link is now updated--beware of strange graphics. Just scroll to the bottom.) If you're feeling this is all a bit Lusocentric, give this page in Australia a shot.

The East Timor International Support Centre in Australia has an extensive Web site.

Recently, UDT (Unico Democratica Timorense, Timorese Democratic Union), a center-Right Timorese political party (which like all expressions of Timorese independence has been brutally supressed by the Indonesians), set up a presence on the Web.

Weekly summaries of the Peacenet conference reg.easttimor are on ETAN's gopher or the sometimes hard-to-access web page in New Zealand.

Indonesia doesn't like to see its neighboring countries "meddle in its internal affairs". In the Philippines and Malaysia, Indonesia has used strong-arm tactics to break up the Asia-Pacific Confrence on East Timor (APCET).

[To Resist is to Win]If you are ready to take a break from the inter(hyper)textuality of the net and are ready to do some real research, here's a bibliography of East Timor materials. A very complete bibliography of post-invasion East Timor materials is included as section in an edited volume by the University of Hawai'i and the SSRC entitled East Timor at the Crossroads. Here's a review which appeared in Indonesia #61.


Deplu, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, devotes prime space to its kerikil--the pebble in its shoe that is East Timor--and frequently shoots itself in its foot in the process. After appropriating the critics' position that the story is "largely unreported," Deplu implies that "it is the story of a people's struggle...against...their integration with Indonesia." (Admittedly, this is out of context, but it is a possible reading.) In the responses to bad press section, the Cape Town consul admits a third of the population died, but then refuses to take the blame: "With regard to the claims that 100.000 - 200.000 East Timorese had been killed, we can only repeat that Indonesia cannot be held responsible for the loss of life resulting from this tragedy suffered by the East Timorese people."

Recently, some Portuguese hackers broke into both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the ABRI (the Indonesian Armed Forces) pages. Very amusing.

Check out this CD of music in support of East Timor.

Amnesty International completed a campaign on Indonesia and East Timor in 1995,but some of the documents, including graphics, are still available. By the way, ever wonder, What is Amnesty International?

End to Global Injustice has a section on East Timor at their site.

ETAN's national co-ordinator, Charles Scheiner, loves to answer e-mail from his fans.

Go back to ETAN/Seattle's page with lots of photos from the Dec 7, 1996 demo at Westlake Mall and Nike Town.