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Review: "Momentum and the East Timor Independence Movement: The Origins of America's Debate on East Timor"

Momentum and the East Timor Independence Movement: The origins of America's Debate on East Timor
By: Shane Gunderson (2015)

The Indonesian military's occupation of East Timor led to years of terror. Dr Gunderson believes that his book “will fill the gap for East Timor history curriculum developers faced with deciding who ought to be included, excluded, recognized, and acknowledged in the national history.” 


We monitor developments and support efforts to secure justice for the gross violations of human rights committed in Timor-Leste during the Indonesian occupation between 1975 and 1999.

A Long Walk for Justice

When the Alliance of Independent Journalists invited Shirley Shackleton to testify at their judicial review of the government’s decision to ban the film Balibo, they could hardly have made a better choice.

Shirley, the widow of one of the five journalists killed in Balibo, East Timor in October 1975, has campaigned untiringly to seek justice for the slain journalists and continues to demand that a formal investigation be held to determine how they died.