Canadian cabinet minister on the 1999 Timor-Leste referendum

Like most observers, Raymond Chan, Secretary of State (Asia Pacific), government of Canada, was impressed by the courage and determination of the Timorese people as they lined up to vote. The following transcript contains his remarks on observing the 1999 Timor-Leste referendum, republished for the 19th anniversary of the vote. Raymond Chan: East Timor press… More Canadian cabinet minister on the 1999 Timor-Leste referendum

Tragedy or Betrayal? The United Nations Consultation in East Timor

Nineteen years after the 1999 referendum in Timor-Leste, in which people voted more than 78% for Independence, on a voter turnout of over 98%, we reprint observer reports of the ballot and what followed. This account by Randall Garrison, now a member of Canada’s parliament, is reprinted from Tok Blong Pasifik, December 1999, published by… More Tragedy or Betrayal? The United Nations Consultation in East Timor

“Grandfather Crocodile is my inspiration: Abé Barreto Soares, poetry and nation-building in Timor-Leste

Poetry can help build nations. It is doing so today in Timor-Leste (East Timor), where themes of resistance to foreign rule, Indigenous re-assertion, language and the shape of the new nation intertwine. One of the country’s leading poets, Abé Barreto Soares, embodies the way these themes come together. Although it declared its independence from Portugal… More “Grandfather Crocodile is my inspiration: Abé Barreto Soares, poetry and nation-building in Timor-Leste

Ten years since the Indonesia/Timor-Leste Commission on Truth and Friendship I: Wikipedia research article

In July 2008, the joint Indonesia/Timor-Leste Commission on Truth and Friendship handed in its report. Ten years after, the CTF remains the only bilateral truth commission sponsored by two governments anywhere in the world. To mark ten years of the CTF, we share several retrospective pieces. The first is a research summary produced by Nicholas… More Ten years since the Indonesia/Timor-Leste Commission on Truth and Friendship I: Wikipedia research article

Digging-Up the Past, Finally: A Look into Cambodia’s Attempt at Retributive and Restorative Justice

By Jocelyn Grubb  Between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge killed a fifth of Cambodia’s (then the Democratic of Kampuchea) population, totaling 1-2 million people. During the 20 tumultuous years which followed, there was a general resistance to “digging up past horrors”. The country and new government chose not to participate in official truth-seeking at… More Digging-Up the Past, Finally: A Look into Cambodia’s Attempt at Retributive and Restorative Justice

Now in Open Access: Flowers in the Wall

Flowers in the Wall: Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste, Indonesia and Melanesia is now available for free Open Access download, thanks to University of Calgary Press. Click to access downloadable pdf version What is the experience of truth and reconciliation? What is the purpose of a truth commission? What lessons can be learned from established truth and… More Now in Open Access: Flowers in the Wall

Narratives of Colonization, Decolonization and Recolonization in Papua

By David Webster. Originally published by activehistory.ca After the resolution of the Aceh dispute and the independence of East Timor, Indonesia’s most serious conflict is in Papua (formerly Irian Jaya). One major stumbling block to conflict resolution is the clash of historical narratives. Papuan nationalists claim their land was “already sovereign” from the 1960s and… More Narratives of Colonization, Decolonization and Recolonization in Papua

Southeast Asian and Pacific National Museums as Sites of Memory

By Sarah Zwierzchowski In an article for Representations (later published as the introduction to his book, Les lieux de mémoire), French historian Pierre Nora presented the concept of lieux de mémoire to describe entities where “memory crystallizes and secretes itself.”[1] Sites of memory hold symbolic value contributing to the memorial heritage of communities and can… More Southeast Asian and Pacific National Museums as Sites of Memory