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  • UN officials in East Timor pleaded with the Indonesian military today to protect them, one day after militias armed and backed by Indonesia besieged the UN compound in Dili, killing at least two people. The Indonesian military and police have so far stood by and let the militias wage a campaign of terror against the East Timorese population, particularly targeting those who support self-determination for East Timor. [includes rush transcript]
    September 02, 1999 | Story
  • Militias armed and backed by the Indonesian military are rampaging today through the capital of East Timor, just two days after the Timorese voted on a historic referendum on self-determination sponsored by the United Nations. [includes rush transcript]
    September 01, 1999 | Story
  • Three United Nations staff were reported killed today in an East Timor town briefly besieged by Indonesia-backed militias opposed to independence for the territory. [includes rush transcript]
    August 31, 1999 | Story
  • 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...
    August 30, 1999 | Story
  • 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.
    August 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.
    August 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.
    June 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...
    June 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