In 1992, the East Timor Alert Network was represented at the UN Decolonization Committee by Li-lien Gibbons, whose brother Kamal Bamadhaj was among those killed at the 1991 Santa Cruz massacre.
Monday, April 6, 2015
In 1994, the East Timor Alert Network statement to the United Nations Decolonization Committee was delivered by Sharon Scharfe and included a focus on the rights of Timorese women.
The East Timor Alert Network statement at the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization in 1995. Also presenting that year for Parliamentarians for East Timor Canada was Warren Allmand MP.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
The 1997 United Nations Decolonization Committee heard from multiple Timorese presenters, including Jose Ramos Horta. Mr Ramos Horta was foreign minister of the 1975 Fretilin government, then the leading Timorese voice in exile, including as overseas spokesperson for CNRM, the National Council of Maubere Resistance. In 1996, he was named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize along with Timorese Catholic Bishop Crlos Ximenes Belo. The 1997 Decolonization Committee meeting was a major opportunity for him to present from a higher profile than his earlier appearances before the committee. He used it to launch an appeal for increased UN involvement.
Also among the petitioners was Milena Pires, speaking on behalf of UDT, the Timorese Democratic Union. UDT was one of the major political parties in Portuguese Timor in 1975 and, although dissolved under Indonesian occupation, continued in exile and called for the end of Indonesian military occupation.
Multiple presenters spoke to the Timor item at the 1997 UN Deolonization Committee. Among them was Constancio Pinto, then living in the United States, on behalf of the Timorese resistance coalition CNRM (National Council for Maubere Resistance), founded in 1988. Mr Pinto's presentation follows.