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Indonesian Occupation of East Timor

Fretilin threatens legal battle

The fate of East Timor's next government could be decided by a judge, with Fretilin arguing it has the constitutional right to appoint the prime minister.

Tuesday, 10 July, 2007, 12:00am

Minnow could be key to Gusmao's future

With about half the vote counted in East Timor's parliamentary elections, the crucial role of the minor parties has become more clear - and the head of the small Democrat Party is emerging as the potential key to Xanana Gusmao's future.

4 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Hopes dim for political peace in E Timor

East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta has urged that whichever party wins tomorrow's parliamentary elections should form a unity government to heal divisions in the country, which recently verged on the brink of civil war.

29 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Faith, hope and charity

Flaky-skinned Jenny is two weeks old. She was born in an East Timor refugee camp, adjacent to Dili's airport, that 6,000 people have been crammed into since the unrest of April and May last year. The violence prompted the return of inter-national troops and the UN, only a few years after they had left the fledgling Southeast Asian nation.

26 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Balibo: a 30-year trail of death and deception

He is the son that Balibo Five victim Gary Cunningham never knew existed.

John Milkins was just five when his father was killed with four other Australia-based journalists at the start of an invasion that led to Indonesia's long and bloody occupation of East Timor.

20 May 2007 - 12:00am

'Arrogant' Alkatiri blamed for Dili's troubles

Sheltering in the grounds of a cathedral, Maria Jose delivered a blunt message to the machete-wielding youths who for more than a week have brought terror to the streets of Dili, the capital of East Timor.

'The gangs should kill Alkatiri, not other ordinary people,' the 30-year-old economics lecturer said. 'We are all suffering from the policies he's brought in.'

3 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Drifting towards the brink

Mutinying soldiers are just one problem in a bundle of trouble facing East Timor. Fixing a state that failed the day it became independent four years ago will take years, a big cheque book and commitment from Australia.

1 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Anger and accolades for Timor expose

Minutes after James Leong and Lynn Lee arrived in Jakarta to present their documentary on East Timor, Passabe, at a film festival, they were told it had been struck off the programme.

Given the subject, it is easy to understand why the Indonesian authorities were concerned.

12 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

A reluctant leader dons the mantle of elder statesman

Dock worker, teacher, poet, resistance leader, political prisoner - and, finally, president. It's an extraordinary resume but one that Alexandre 'Xanana' Gusmao, 59, wears lightly, almost reluctantly.

3 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Desire for justice burns like a sickness in this woman's heart

Six years ago Celia Arego lay huddled inside a walled compound hearing the war cries of bloodthirsty pro-Indonesian militiamen laying waste to the community outside.

30 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

The militias are gone, but tensions remain

The mountainous land border between Indonesia's West Timor and its territory of East Timor is no longer a flashpoint watched over by United Nations peacekeepers.

As fears of marauding militiamen have faded, the last of the foreign troops have gone, replaced by East Timorese security forces.

29 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

East Timor faces the healing power of truth

A Truth and Friendship Commission that begins its work this week may be the closest thing to justice that East Timorese victims of Indonesian military-led violence will ever get.

2 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

UN's role in East Timor far from successful

I refer to Harald Bruning's article on East Timor independence ('Nascent nation still not free of shackles,' South China Morning Post, May 24). Your correspondent, while being right on track with his comments, was much too polite with respect to the United Nations in assessing that it was the UN's 'first successful nation-building endeavour'.

29 May 2002 - 12:00am

East Timor war crimes trials a sham, says influential group

Trials being held in Jakarta to prosecute generals, policemen and civilians for crimes against humanity in East Timor in 1999 are a sham, according to a paper released yesterday by the respected International Crisis Group (ICG).

9 May 2002 - 12:00am

Reports on 'kidnapped' children at centre of controversy

At a privately owned dormitory in the hills above Yogyakarta are 46 East Timorese children, among about 170 taken from their parents in refugee camps in West Timor by the Hati Foundation, an organisation led by a prominent, pro-Indonesian Timorese activist, Octavio Soares.

18 Mar 2002 - 12:00am