East Timor's Unfinished Struggle: Inside the Timorese Resistance

East Timor's Unfinished Struggle: Inside the Timorese Resistance

East Timor's Unfinished Struggle: Inside the Timorese Resistance

East Timor's Unfinished Struggle: Inside the Timorese Resistance

Synopsis

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the principal international spokesperson for the Timorese independence movement, Jose Ramos-Horta and to Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, the spiritual leader of most of the people of East Timor. The Nobel citation honored them for their "sustained and self-sacrificing contributions for a small but oppressed people -- the Nobel committee hopes this award will spur efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict in East Timor based on the people's right to self-determination".

East Timor's Unfinished Struggle offers a first-hand account of life inside the Timorese independence movement. Called "a land of crosses", East Timor is dominated by the gravestones of more than 200,000 people who have died as a result of the U.S.supported Indonesian invasion and annexation of the former Portuguese colony. In this emotional and inspiring memoir, Constancio Pinto, a leader of the resistance movement, describes Portuguese colonialism, East Timor's brief moment of independence in 1975, the U.S.-backed invasion, life under more than 20 years of Indonesian occupation, and the formation of a courageous movement for Timorese self-determination.

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The Nobel Committee hopes that this award will spur efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict in East Timor based on the people's right to self-determination.

—October 11,1996

Constâncio Pinto and Matthew Jardine have written a unique testimony of the struggle for freedom in East Timor. East Timor's Unfinished Struggle is necessary reading for anyone who wants to understand East Timor and who hopes to see self-determination for its people.

This book is especially important for readers in the United States, who have a special role to play in bringing international pressure on Indonesia to end its suppression of legitimate East Timorese aspirations for respect of their human rights, including the right of self-determination.

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