Can historians be peacemakers? Recent experiences with truth and reconciliation processes in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific suggest that they can be. There is a role for historical research and memory in helping to build sustainable peace and stability in new nations. On the other hand, ignoring violent pasts undermines peacebuilding efforts. In the… More Truth & reconciliation in Southeast Asia & the Melanesian Pacific: a project summary
How can survivors of mass violence rebuild their lives? It’s a question that Timor-Leste’s centre for truth and reconciliation has asked, and one that survivors have answered. Initiatives are taking shape across the island, now two decades out from its independence from Indonesian military occupation. “Houses of memory to hope” provide homes for survivors who… More Repairing justice in Timor-Leste
By Michael Carrier This post is based on archival documents held by Rob Wesley-Smith in Darwin, NT, Australia. Australians for a Free East Timor is an organization that endured for many years fighting to get the information out. In their efforts, AFFET published media releases that reminded Australians and AFFET’s audience the details of the… More Australians for a Free East Timor (Darwin)
This week’s release of online archival documents from the Timor International Solidarity Archive (TiSA) represents thousands of pages of publications, news clippings and internal documents from the files of Arnold Kohen, including papers published under the names East Timor Defence Committee, The Humanitarian Project, and others. The materials are organized into three subcollections composed of materials collected by Arnold… More New archival document release : Arnold Kohen papers
In 1991, hundreds of Timorese died or were injured at the hands of Indonesian soldiers at the Santa Cruz cemetery in Dili, Timor-Leste. The massacre was pivotal in the Timor-Leste independence struggle, bringing systematic violations of human rights and mass atrocities to global attention and sparking a wave of solidarity activism around the world. The… More Call for contributions: Documents on the Santa Cruz massacre, 12 November 1991
By Hannah Osborne-O’Donnell Memorials and monuments are both sites of remembrance. They can commemorate the lives of great individuals, the deaths of individuals, victories, and tragedies. They can have the effect of promoting feelings of pride and patriotism or cause visitors to feel great sadness or even anger. These sites can be spontaneous. Something is… More The Monuments of Timor Leste
Why did West Papuans in the early 1960s claim to be African? Why does the identification linger? Click here to view a 15-minute online lecture about identity, race and resistance in West Papuan 60s diplomacy, by David Webster.
By Ann C. Macaulay CM MD FCFP FCAHS FRCPC (Hon) Family Physician in Kahnawá:ke, Quebec and Professor of Family Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Canada One of the dark chapters of Canadian history is that of the Residential Schools. These schools were started by the Canadian government in the 1800’s to forcibly remove young Indigenous children… More Residential Schools in Canada
This open letter by Cris Carrascalão was originally published on facebook and is reprinted here from the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network mailing list. In it, the author speaks about her own family’s experience and the Indonesian president’s decision to honour a militia leader convicted of crimes against humanity by awarding him with one… More Open letter to the president of Indonesia, from a victim and survivor
The Australian state of Victoria, in May 2021, announced a truth commission. Here, Pat Walsh connects Indigenous-linked truth commissions to that of Timor-Leste. By Pat Walsh Victoria’s just announced Yoo-rrook commission on truth and justice for our First Peoples rightly looks to a similar model in Canada. It also had a clear Indigenous focus and… More Australia’s new truth commission: The East Timor experience
Infographic by Carolina Martinez
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