Wednesday, May 25, 2011

East Timor Update #38-43, 1995

In 1995, reports feature growing solidarity around the world but also setbacks: intransigence from the Indonesian government and a Liberal government decision to resume weapons sales to Indonesia as part of a major Pacific trade offensive, and to abandon human rights advocacy towards ASEAN. Growing support in Canada featured the formation of an East Timor Hope Foundation in Windsor, Ont., including parish-twinning with Suai. ETAN campaigned to have the John Humphrey Freedom award go to TAPOL co-founder Carmel Budiardjo without success, but the award went instead to Bishop Carlos Belo, adding to momentum for the global campaign to have the Nobel peae Prize go to Belo (successful in 1996).

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