Speed Read: Unearthing Atrocities

The violence of Indonesia's 24-year rule over neighboring East Timor still haunts both nations. A new report by the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor (CAVR) documenting those atrocities in detail has proven explosive:

Why is the study making waves?
The 2,500-page report estimates that over 180,000 East Timorese were killed by Indonesian troops or died of starvation or illness, from the invasion up until Indonesia withdrew in 1999. Drawing on sources including Indonesian military data and more than 8,000 witnesses, the study documents executions, torture, mutilations and rape, concluding that such atrocities...

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