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Monday, August 30, 1999

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  • East Timor Votes on Self-Determination

    Defying a campaign of terror and intimidation waged by Indonesian-armed and -supported death squads, an overwhelming majority of voters in East Timor came out to the polls today to cast their votes in Timor’s historic referendum on self-determination. They rented horses, traveled for days and braved threats from the militias in order to get to the nearest voting station and cast their votes. In the referendum, the Timorese are voting on whether to regain their independence from Indonesia after almost twenty-four years of brutal occupation or to become an autonomous region within Indonesia. [includes rush transcript]

  • Exiled Timorese Vote in New York

    East Timorese exiles and expatriates are also casting their votes at voting sites around the world, including Portugal, the US and Australia, where Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos Horta voted earlier today. As he placed his vote in a ballot box at a voting booth in Sydney, Horta said that to cast his vote for a free East Timor was a greater honor than winning the peace prize in 1996, but added that the villagers of East Timor were "the real heroes" in the struggle for independence.

  • American Doctor Denied Entry to East Timor

    An American doctor who had been treating victims of militia violence in East Timor was denied re-entry into the territory last month, after the Indonesian government told him he was engaging in "inappropriate" activities and put him on their blacklist.