INDONESIA CRACKS DOWN ON EAST TIMOR ACTIVISTS
LISBON — Amnesty International said that Indonesia has arrested hundreds of suspected supporters of independence for East Timor ahead of the first anniversary of the Nov. 12 massacre by Indonesian troops.
In a statement on Nov. 9, the human rights group said that Indonesia tortured political detainees and had failed to honor United Nations resolutions and recommendations on human rights in the former Portuguese colony.
On Nov. 12, 1991, Indonesian troops fired on a crowd of anti-Indonesian demonstrators at a cemetery in the East Timor capital of Dili, provoking an international outcry.
Muslim Indonesia invaded Roman Catholic East Timor in 1975 a few months after the departure of Portugal's colonial administration and annexed the territory of 750,000 people a year later. The UN does not recognize Jakarta's rule and demands that East Timor be allowed self-determination.
Amnesty also reported that Indonesia had denied it access to East Timor.