Activist travels to occupied East Timor, 1989-99

By Olivia Hewitt Between 1975 and 1989 the world was barred from entering East Timor. On more than one occasion the international community would catch a horrific glimpse into the situation unfolding in the region between the East Timorese and Indonesian military forces. Indonesian authorities opened the territory to visitors for the first time since… More Activist travels to occupied East Timor, 1989-99

Mai sanglant

Dadolin Murak, poète timorais, a publié ce poème en mai 2019 pour marquer l’anniversaire de « Mei Berdarah » (mai sanglant) de 1998, lorsque des Indonésiens d’origine chinoise ont été victimes de massacres et de viols. Le poème de Dadolin Murak, écrit en indonésien, est présenté ici en traduction anglaise. Il chante des souvenirs de… More Mai sanglant

A Bloody May – poetry by Dadolin Murak

This poem by Dadolin Murak was published in May 2019 to mark the anniversary of “Mei Berdarah,” or Bloody May of 1998, when Indonesians of Chinese descent faced mass killings and rape and the Indonesian government washed its hands of mass violence. Dadolin Murak’s poem, published in Indonesian as part of the proliferating “Facebook literature”… More A Bloody May – poetry by Dadolin Murak

Fieldwork in Timor-Leste: review

FIELDWORK IN TIMOR-LESTE: Understanding Social Change through Practice | Edited by Maj Nygaard-Christensen and Angie Bexley NIAS Studies in Asian Topics, no. 59. Copenhagen: NIAS Press; Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press [distributor], 2017. xv, 261 pp. (Graphs, maps, B&W photos.) US$27.00, paper. ISBN 978-87-7694-209-0. Under Portuguese rule, Timor-Leste (East Timor) hosted numerous anthropological researchers. Indonesian… More Fieldwork in Timor-Leste: review

Challenges of reconciliation: lessons learned from Timor-Leste – summary of presentations

“Challenges of reconciliation: lessons learned from Timor-Leste” was a workshop held in October 2019 at Bishop’s University. The most recent post summarized the presentations of Father Jovito Araújo and Hugo Fernandes. This post summarizes the research shared by Amy Rothschild (Ithaca College, USA), Lia Kent (Australian National University), Hannah Loney (The University of Melbourne, Australia),… More Challenges of reconciliation: lessons learned from Timor-Leste – summary of presentations

Reconciliation as a process, not a project

A former truth commissioner from Timor-Leste and the director of the Centro Nacional Chega! (CNC) – the follow-up body to the Timor-Leste truth commission (CAVR) – spoke in October 2019 at Bishop’s University and the University of Sherbrooke. A summary of their presentations at Bishop’s follows. By Tomas Pelz Father Jovito de Araujo, a former… More Reconciliation as a process, not a project

Referendum Candle

The new work of poetry by Timorese writer Dadolin Murak is entitled Lilin Referendu (Candle Referendum). It marks 20 eyars since the 1999 referendum in which the Timorese people voted for independence, with great bravery in the face of military violence. Below is the preface to the book by David Webster. Poets don’t just use a language… More Referendum Candle

International Workshop: Challenges of reconciliation: lessons learned from Timor-Leste

Challenges of reconciliation: lessons learned from Timor-Leste International Workshop Bishop’s University, 23 October 2019   Welcome! The ‘Challenges of reconciliation: lessons learned from Timor-Leste’ International Workshop aims to create, share and disseminate knowledge about the challenges of reconciliation processes. The workshop is designed as a collaborative research sharing between academics, Canadian and Timorese advocates of… More International Workshop: Challenges of reconciliation: lessons learned from Timor-Leste

Canada and East Timor: declassified documents from 1999

Reprinted from Canada Declassified. Twenty years ago, the international community faced a humanitarian crisis in East Timor, a territory that had experienced 24 years of Indonesian military occupation. After the fall of longtime dictator Suharto in 1998, his successor B.J. Habibie first offered a special autonomy package to East Timor, and then agreed that it… More Canada and East Timor: declassified documents from 1999

Canada’s East Timor advocacy 20 years ago paves the way for leadership today

Can Canada make a difference in international affairs? Can middle powers matter when a global crisis hits? The story of the East Timor independence referendum, held 20 years ago this Aug. 30, says yes. Canadian documents tell the story of Canadian actions during the 1999 referendum. Two decades on, they show that bold and sustained… More Canada’s East Timor advocacy 20 years ago paves the way for leadership today