[TimorLesteStudies] 2006 Publication re 1999

Jennifer Drysdale jenster at cres10.anu.edu.au
Wed Jan 31 12:10:34 EST 2007

Masters of Terror: Indonesia's Military and Violence in East Timor in 
1999 edited by Richard Tanter, Gerry van Klinken and Desmond Ball
published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc; May 2006
ISBN (cloth): 0-7425-3833-8 / 978-0-7425-3833-7
ISBN (paper): 0-7425-3834-6 / 978-0-7425-3834-4

The terror campaign by pro-Indonesian armed groups before, during, 
and after East Timor's independence referendum in 1999 was a blatant 
challenge to the international community as many of the acts of 
murder, political intimidation, destruction, and mass deportation 
took place before the eyes of the world. Yet still the ultimate 
responsibility has been denied and obscured. Masters of Terror 
provides an authoritative analysis and documentation of the brutal 
operations carried out by the Indonesian army and its East Timorese 
allies. The authors carefully assemble detailed accounts of the 
actions of the major Indonesian officers and East Timorese militia 
commanders accused of gross human rights violations. This 
indispensable work explores a horrific frontal attack on democracy 
and calls for the establishment of an international tribunal for 
crimes against humanity in East Timor. 

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