IN SUPPORT OF A REFERENDUM FOR THE MAUBERE PEOPLE
AND CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE AWARDING OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

The Coordinationgroup for Support to the People's Resistance in Indonesia/the Supporting Movement for the Democratisation in Indonesia congratulates Jose Ramos Horta and Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo from East Timor who on 10th October 1996 were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Both are outstanding personalities fighting for the right of the Maubere people for self - determination, for the right of freedom for East Timor in the territory annexed by the Suharto regime in 1975.

The recent granting of this Nobel Peace Prize is focussing again international public opinion on the question of East Timor to end the oppression by the repressive military dictatorship of general Suharto. The existence of the bloody suppresion in Santa Cruz 1991 proved that the arrests, missings, killings, tortures and intimidations of the Maubere people in East Timor have been carried on contineously, especially in Dilly (Tasi Tolu), Bacau (Lelalai, Wailakama), Los Palos, Ermera, Liquica, Covalima-Suai etc. by the occupation army.

During the twenty one years of the occupation of East Timor the Maubere people have suffered the same type of oppression methods used by the Indonesian authorities towards the whole Indonesian people. They have been persecuted and deprived of elementary human rights. The Maubere people are denied their right for freedom and the carrying out of a referendum to exercise their right of self- determination.

General Suharto's New Order is a military dictatorship that has been in power since 1965 after having massacred a million innocent people and imprisoned hundreds of thousand. It has established a reign of physical and psychological terror systematically and structurally that is also imposed on East Timor. As a result of the brutal annexation and occupation of East Timor by the Indonesia army more than one third of the Maubere people were killed.

Since the Suharto's New Order regime used to such oppression methods in seeking for the creation of the development economic, social, politic and culture problem solving, its expressing a primitive method and doesn't give any way out in improving the welfare and educate the Indonesian people. The years of oppression and social injustice have given rise to a growing pro democracy movement supported by wide social strata of the population. Recently, on 27-28th July, the Suharto regime tried to crush with violent means the people's movement protesting the injustice done to the PDI of Megawati. The PRD (People's Democratic Party) - one of the staunchest forces of the movement - was being blamed as masterminding of disturbances, its activists arrested and accused of subversion.

Other activists of the democratic movement, Indonesian for independence of Maubere People, trade union, student and peasant organisations experienced the same fate. But this will be only a temporarily set-back. Facing the coming general elections in 1997 the Independent Committee for Monitoring the General Elections (KIPP - Komite Independen Pemantau Pemilihan Umum)) still continues its work under difficult circumstances. The democratic people's movement is demanding that the general elections will be really carried out honestly and fair. It therefore demands that the five repressive political laws (i.e. the law on the freedom and right of association and organisation; the law on political parties and mass organisations; the law on general elections; the law on the composition of the People's Congress and Parliament; the law on referendum) be repealed and the so-called dual function of the army abolished.

The Maubere people have also carried on, despite severe repression, their courageous struggle against the occupation of their homeland - East Timor. Last years and this year they have made their protests clear by among others staging demonstrations and entering several foreign embassies in Jakarta. Xanana Gusmao although imprisoned is continuing to make his voice of resistance and struggle heard by the outside world. Many attempts and proposals have been made by representatives of the Maubere people in search of a peaceful and just solution of East Timor. The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Bishop Belo and Jose Ramos Horta is therefore a well- deserved international recognition of their tireless efforts in search for that just solution.

We, representing the Coordinationgroup for Support to the People's Resistance in Indonesia/the Supporting Movement for the Democratisation in Indonesia as one of the Indonesian democratic people's organisations, declare our complete solidarity with the struggle of the Maubere people to search of a peaceful solution for withdraw the Indonesian occupation army from East Timor which has never been a part of Indonesia. We fully support their demand for a referendum that will enable the Maubere people to exercise freely and democratically their right of self-determination. We are certain that the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize is a strong impulse to continue to strive and search for a genuine, peaceful and lasting solution of the East Timor problem in the interest of both our people, Maubere and Indonesia.

LONG LIVE THE MAUBERE PEOPLE! LA LUTA CONTINUA!
LONG LIVE THE SOLIDARITY OF THE MAUBERE AND INDONESIAN PEOPLE!
ABOLISHING THE DOUBLE-FUNCTIONS OF INDONESIAN ARMED FORCES
& THE 5 POLITICAL LAWS '85!
FREE EAST TIMOR!

In solidarity,
CSVI/GPDI


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