Australia’s new truth commission: The East Timor experience

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

The United Nations Response to Indonesia’s Invasion of East Timor (December 1975)

By Jordan Sneyd-Dewar This post summarizes materials in the United Nations Archives just posted to the Timor International Solidarity Archive, especially the UN Secretariat’s 1975 file. On November 28, 1975, East Timor declared itself independent from their Portuguese colonial occupiers. The declaration should have been a landmark moment for a people that had finally gained… More The United Nations Response to Indonesia’s Invasion of East Timor (December 1975)

How traditional seeds and crops are bringing food sovereignty to Timor-Leste

How traditional seeds and crops are bringing food independence to Timor-Leste A woman in Timor-Leste surveys her chili crop. (Creative Commons), CC BY-SA David Webster, Bishop’s University “We hear the voice of the farmers,” explains the acting director of Raebia, an organization in Timor-Leste working for sustainable agricultural development. I am talking with Mateus and… More How traditional seeds and crops are bringing food sovereignty to Timor-Leste

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

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