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TIMOR TODAY 10/01/2000

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a) Tens of thousands of refugees are still held in West Timorese camps controlled by Indonesian military backed militias amid claims the UN is doing nothing seriously to bring them home. (AP Photo/STR)


1) Australian police office could be charged over truth! 10/01/2000 (The Age) An Australian Federal Police officer could face charges after revealing the truth about the bloodbath in East Timor to AustraliaÆs Parliament.

2) Mass vanishing remains a mystery 10/01/2000 (The Australian) Dili, East Timor - Murder, rape and torture erupted on the East Timorese capitalÆs streets as soon as the historic referendum was declared a victory for independence on September 4, and the killing and looting continued even after Australian-led Interfet troops arrived on September 20.

3) Bring our people back home 10/01/2000 (The Independent) Xanana Gusmao, leader of East TimorÆs Falintil guerrilla army that fought Indonesian occupation, once said: "East TimorÆs greatest natural resource is its people." But at the moment when the country needs it most, even that one resource is seriously, and mysteriously, depleted.

4) UNHCR attemps to ease malnutrion in West Timor camps 10/01/2000 (UN Newservice) UNHCR steps up food deliveries to refugee camps in West Timor after survey finds almost a quarter of the children under the age of five are malnourished.

5) TimorÆs Belo critical of UN on refugees 10/01/2000 (Reuters) DILI, East Timor - East TimorÆs spiritual leader Bishop Carlos Belo criticised the U.N. on Friday for dragging its heels in bringing home thousands of refugees stuck in Indonesian West Timor.

6) Lawyers track proof of Timor atrocities 10/01/2000 (The Australian) Australian lawyers have gone to East Timor to gather evidence of war crimes in an effort to make the Indonesian military answer to a UN tribunal for its alleged atrocities.

7) Police expect to find 18 bodies in East Timor graves 10/01/2000 (Reuters) DILI, East Timor - Investigators in East Timor expect to recover around 18 bodies in two beachside grave sites in an exhumation planned for Tuesday near the township of Maubara, a U.N. police official said.

8) Debate builds on Balibo death house 10/01/2000 (The Australian) Balibo - The Balibo house where five journalists were executed by Indonesian soldiers in 1975 was a house of evil that should be destroyed, and replaced with a more fitting monument to those who had died within its walls, an Australian lawyer in East Timor said yesterday.

9) IndonesiaÆs press largely concealed militaryÆs role in violence. 10/01/2000 (Toward Freedom) Evidence of the Indonesian militaryÆs involvement was easy to find during the week of the vote. Yet, the Indonesian press largely presented the violence as a conflict between two factions.


10) Catholic Relief Services responds to West Timor crisis 10/01/2000 (Catholic Relief Services) On the island of Timor - one half in Indonesia and the other half being the new country of East Timor - Catholic Relief Services is assisting refugees living in West Timor camps as well as people in East Timor.


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