|UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Passed at the 186th Annual Meeting of the United Church Board for World Ministries November, 1995.
WHEREAS Indonesia continues to occupy East Timor illegally in defiance of repeated United Nations resolutions; and
WHEREAS Indonesia's brutal invasion of East Timor in 1975 and subsequent occupation caused the deaths of approximately 200,000 people, fully a third of the population; and
WHEREAS through its program of "transmigration" the Indonesian government has encouraged thousands of Indonesians to settle in East Timor, resulting in a gradual, yet alarming marginalization of the indigenous East Timorese by taking away jobs and land; and
WHEREAS the physical development which has taken place under Indonesian rule has done little to benefit the East Timorese and has resulted in the destruction of their culture, and
WHEREAS human rights organizations and independent observers have documented a continued pattern of severe human rights abuses against East Timorese including beatings, torture, rape, abductions and extrajudicial executions; and
WHEREAS in January 1995 a visiting delegation from Church World Service and Witness learned that the situation in East Timor had not improved over the past decade but was, in fact, getting worse; and
WHEREAS in March 1995 the United Nations Human Rights Commission expressed its "deep concern over the continuing reports of violations of human rights in East Timor";
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the United Church Board for World Ministries
1. Deplores the continuing abuse of human rights and the climate of oppression in East
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Executive Vice President of the UCBWM be requested to send copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, all U.S. Senators and Representatives and all appropriate ecumenical colleagues.