Fwd: Election Context in East Timor

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Institute for Public Accuracy
915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
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Friday, August 27, 1999

ELECTION CONTEXT IN EAST TIMOR

Indonesian-backed forces have increased their violence in recent days as
Monday's UN-organized referendum on self-determination approaches. In 1975,
Indonesia invaded East Timor with tacit U.S. backing. In the 24 years since,
200,000 people have died, a third of the population. Interviews are
available with the following analysts:

LYNN FREDRIKSSON,  etandc at igc.org, http://www.etan.org
Washington representative of the East Timor Action Network, Fredriksson
said: "Few doubt that the vast majority in East Timor will opt for
independence if the vote is free. But just days before the long-awaited
referendum, the people of East Timor face escalating paramilitary threats,
intimidation and outright terrorist attacks. The human rights community
is calling on President Clinton to personally demand that the
Indonesian-backed violence stop, but he has not yet done so." Fredriksson
can arrange interviews with Timorese leader Jose Ramos-Horta, the co-winner
of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize, as well as Dr. Dan Murphy, a physician from
Iowa who spent the past nine months in East Timor treating hundreds of
internally displaced people and scores of victims of recent paramilitary
attacks. He survived a July 4 attack on a UN convoy. Two weeks ago Dr.
Murphy was forced to leave East Timor.

CONSTANCIO PINTO, cnrt_northamerica at hotmail.com, http://www.easttimor.com
Author of "East Timor's Unfinished Struggle: Inside the Timorese
Resistance," Pinto is the National Council of Timorese Resistance's
representative to the UN and North America. He is a survivor of arrest and
torture at the hands of the Indonesian military.

AMY GOODMAN, http://www.pacifica.org
Goodman won numerous awards for her documentary "Massacre: The Story of East
Timor," which chronicles the Indonesian genocide against the East Timorese
and the 1991 Santa Cruz massacre of 250 civilians (which Goodman survived).
In the last few days, Goodman, the host of Pacifica Radio's "Democracy Now!"
program, was twice expelled from Indonesia because her name appears on an
Indonesian army blacklist of more than 1,000 names. She said: "The
Indonesian regime should stop the violence -- not the reporters trying to
cover it. Indonesian president B.J. Habibie talks about reforming Indonesia
since the Suharto regime, but the Indonesian-backed death squads raging
through East Timor and the enforcement of the blacklist confirm that the
military's power remains unbroken."

JOE NEVINS, [in Dili, East Timor]
Nevins is a UN-accredited observer with the International Federation for
East Timor.

MARK SALZER, msalzer at massed.net, http://www.motherjones.com/east_timor
A public school teacher, Salzer just returned from East Timor as a
UN-accredited observer with the International Federation for East Timor.

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020 or (202) 332-5055; David Zupan, (541) 484-9167


















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