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a) East Timorese leader Xanana Gusmao addresses a crowd at Bobonaro, on East Timore's western border, on Tuesday October 26, 1999. Gusmao had promised a home for everyone wishing to return to East Timor but the wounds of the recent conflict may take some time to heal. (AP Photo/Wayne Ryan, Australian Defense Public Affairs Organisation, HO)

b) Six-year-old East Timorese boy Francesco Sosa shows a front frame of a smashed TV set as Jose Sosa, 23, tries to fix some wiring in their grandfather's burnt out house in the outskirts of Dili Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999. Rampages by paramilitary groups left much of East Timor in ruins. (AP Photo/Leon Mead, POOL)

c) Residents of Oecussi in the East Timorese enclave of West Timor carry roofing to rebuild their houses Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999. Almost the entire population of the enclave fled into the hills or were taken to West Timor after violence from rapaging militia. They have been slowly trickling back since the arrival of the multi national peacekeepers. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, Pool)

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1) Amnesty lashes out at UN for delays in Timor rights probe 29/10/99 (AFP) Sonny Inbaraj Human rights group Amnesty International lashed out at the UN Thursday for dragging its feet in sending investigators into East Timor as it released a new report detailing alleged atrocities there.

2) Asia-Pacific rights group to press ASEAN leaders over Timor issue 29/10/99 (AFP) A regional human rights group said Wednesday it wanted to highlight atrocities committed in East Timor during a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders in Manila next month.

3) East Timor rebuffs Asean way 29/10/99 (South China Morning Post) The East Timor saga not only highlighted serious shortcomings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which failed to respond quickly and effectively to brutality in its backyard, but also demonstrated that not everybody in the region thinks it is a great club to join.

4) World Bank Faces Enormous Reconstruction Task 28/10/99 Inter Press Service DARWIN, Australia - A World Bank mission travels to East Timor to examine what needs to be done to rebuild the devastated state formerly occupied by Indonesia even as Bank officials admit they face major challenges.

5) UN Security Council Resolution on East Timor 29/10/99 Full text of RESOLUTION 1272 (1999) Adopted by the Security Council at its 4057th meeting on 25 October 1999 Havana offer to Send Doctors, China to send Police

6) 29/10/99 (Lusa) Oporto, Oct. 26 - Havana ready to send up to 500 doctors to East Timor, visiting Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque declared Tuesday in the northern Portuguese city of Oporto. Oporto, Oct. 27 - China plans to send civilian police to East Timor to help restore security, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao said Wednesday in Lisbon.

7) Hand-written note in church lists names of slaughtered 28/10/99 (Sydney Morning Herald) Oecussi, East Timor: A handwritten list of those killed by militia is being kept in the main church of Oecussi, the only shelter in the main town of East Timor's isolated enclave. The people had waited more than a month for Interfet to arrive from Dili, where they landed on September 20, and Oecussi town is in ruins, with only its two churches standing.


8) Never Again in Indonesia 29/10/99 (The Christian Science Monitor) EDITORIAL 28/10/99 The US and other nations are ready to release billions in loans to build a civil society in post-Suharto Indonesia. Yet little will be done about one of the most uncivil acts of this decade - the "cleansing" of East Timor by elements of the Indonesian military and their crony militias.

9) Enforcing Human Rights World Policy Journal Volume XVI, No3, Fall 1999 Karl E. Meyer For non-Westerners stifled by authoritarian regimes, human rights ... provide a weapon of opposition that can generate foreign attention and even in some cases (Kosovo, for example) trigger intervention. Earlier debates on the alleged conflict between "Asian values" and the U.N. declaration have abated, and the consensus on universal norms seems broad and hopeful.... Propitiously, new technologies have bored holes in closed frontiers. Fax machines, cellular telephones, and the Internet now feed the agitation against the hard-line ayatollahs of Iran and the Burmese jailers of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Correction: Yesterday's mailout incorrectly dated 29/10/99


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