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  • The United Nations today led international condemnation of Indonesia’s handling of militia violence in East Timor, demanding that it crack down on armed anti-independence militias trying to disrupt Monday’s historic vote on self-determination. The International Red Cross also called for the protection of civilians and aid workers there.
    Aug 27, 1999 | Story
  • Just days before East Timor’s historic vote on self-determination, Indonesia yesterday deported Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman as she tried to enter the country to cover the referendum.
    Aug 24, 1999 | Story
  • Returning to Indonesia for the first time since the country’s 1975 invasion of East Timor, the pro-independence leader and Nobel Peace Laureate Jose Ramos Horta has promised a power-sharing deal if the East Timorese win their independence after a vote in August.
    Jun 28, 1999 | Story
  • Indonesians headed today to the voting booths throughout the vast archipelago for the country’s first parliamentary elections in decades. Over 100 million voters are estimated to have voted, and it may take days for the votes to be tallied. Many of the media reports characterized the elections as free and democratic, and as offering Indonesians a chance to finally break free of the oppressive legacy of Indonesia’s former dictator Suharto,...
    Jun 07, 1999 | Story
  • According to the number two commander of East Timor’s notorious newly formed militias, the Indonesian armed forces (TNI-ABRI) have made a secret "accord" with the militias authorizing them to assassinate members of local independence groups. This according to journalist and human rights activist Allan Nairn, who was able to interview Herminio da Costa, chief of staff of thirteen Timorese militias.
    May 13, 1999 | Story
  • With violence sweeping Indonesian-occupied East Timor, the foreign ministers of Indonesia and Portugal plan today to sign an accord that could lead to independence for the former Portuguese colony.
    May 05, 1999 | Story
  • Residents of a village in the Aceh province of Indonesia said today that the Indonesian military fired yesterday on an unarmed crowd that included women and children, killing at least 23 people and injuring many more.
    May 04, 1999 | Story
  • Last night, Pacifica reporters Jeremy Scahill and Amy Goodman attended the Overseas Press Club’s 60th anniversary dinner. Our documentary, Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria’s Oil Dictatorship, was receiving an honorable citation for radio reporting. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 23, 1999 | Story
  • Militias armed by the Indonesian government unleashed a series of attacks on Saturday against pro-independence activists in Dili, the capital of East Timor, killing and injuring scores of people. As many as 100 people are feared killed by the attacks. The violence, which erupted after a parade by pro-Indonesia militia supporters, was the worst in Dili since 1991, when Indonesian troops shot and killed about 270 people during a peaceful march....
    Apr 19, 1999 | Story
  • The Indonesian government said today that East Timor’s rebel leader Xanana Gusmão will be removed from house arrest and returned to prison unless he retracts a call to arms within one week. This comes just a few days after dozens of civilians were massacred in a church in East Timor by Timorese militias believed to have been armed by the Indonesian military. Indonesia yesterday postponed U.N.-sponsored negotiations on East Timor that were...
    Apr 09, 1999 | Story