Meditation Focus #19

VIOLENCE IN WEST AND EAST TIMOR


Web posted on September 15 for the week beginning Sunday September 17



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What follows is the 19th Meditation Focus suggested by the Global Meditation Focus Group for the week beginning Sunday September 17.

VIOLENCE IN WEST AND EAST TIMOR

1. Summary
2. Meditation Times
3. More information on this week's Focus




1. SUMMARY

As the Olympic Games get underway in Sydney, Australia and as the watching world audience joins in celebration of the olympic spirit of peace, harmony and unity so beautifully portrayed during the Opening Ceremonies, many of the people of East and West Timor still live under the threat of violence by pro-Jakarta militia groups that have recently stepped up their campaign of terror in Indonesian West Timor, scaring off local aid workers trying to feed 120,000 East Timorese refugees languishing in border camps.

After 300 years of Portuguese rule and nearly a quarter of a century under Indonesian military occupation, the East Timorese people braved threats of violence a year ago to vote on the territory's future. The announcement on September 4, 1999 that nearly 80 percent of the East Timorese voting population had rejected autonomy on August 30 and wished to separate from Indonesia set off an explosion of violence that finally prompted the U.N. to send a peacekeeping force to restore security and protect the East Timor population which is currently preparing, under a U.N. administration, for full independence within two years.

Last week's deadly attack of three U.N. aid workers in West Timor is the worst of more than one hundred assaults on aid workers and refugees reported by UNHCR in West Timor refugee camps since September 1999, and the worst attack ever on UN civilian workers, according to UN sources. Most international personnel have since been evacuated from West Timor, but local human rights activists, NGO workers, and East Timorese refugees remain at the mercy of homicidal militias.

Please hold in your heart and mind a vision, as guided by Spirit during your meditation, of the cessation of all violence, of the continued deployment of all the needed protection and assistance for the population and of the peaceful return and resettlement of all the refugees in this part of the world. May peace prevail in East and West Timor, for the highest good of all.




2. MEDITATION TIMES

i) Global Meditation Day: Sunday at 16:00 Universal Time (GMT) or at noon local time. Suggested duration: 30 minutes with a special Earth Healing Focus in the last few minutes.

ii) Golden Moment of At-Onement: Daily, at the top of any hour, or whenever it better suits you.

These times below are currently corresponding to 16:00 Universal Time/GMT: Honolulu 06:00 -- Los Angeles 09:00 -- Denver & San Salvador 10:00 -- Mexico City, Houston & Chicago 11:00 -- New York, Toronto, Montreal, Asuncion & Santiago 12:00 -- Rio de Janeiro & Montevideo 13:00 -- Reykjavik & Casablanca 16:00 -- London, Algiers & Lagos 17:00 -- Geneva, Rome, Berlin, Paris, Johannesburg & Madrid 18:00 -- Athens, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Nairobi & Istanbul 19:00 -- Moscow & Baghdad 20:00 -- Tehran 20:30 -- Islamabad 21:00 -- Calcutta & New Delhi 21:30 -- Dhaka 22:00 -- Rangoon 22:30 -- Hanoi, Bangkok & Jakarta 23:00 -- Hong Kong, Perth, Beijing & Kuala Lumpur 00:00+ -- Seoul & Tokyo 01:00+ -- Brisbane, Canberra & Melbourne 02:00+ -- Wellington 04:00+

(+ means the place is one day ahead of Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time)




3. MORE INFORMATION ON THIS WEEK'S FOCUS

This section is for those who wish to understand in more detail the situation of this week's Meditation Focus. For those who wish to read on, we would encourage you to view the following information from a positive perspective, and not allow the details to tinge the positive vision you wish to hold in meditation. Since what we focus on grows, the more positive our mindset, the more successful we will be in manifesting a vision of healing. We provide the details below because we recognise that the knowledge of what needs healing can assist us to stucture our awareness to maximise our healing effect.


From: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000913/wl/indonesia_timor_dc_32.html
Militia Threats Grow in Indonesian W.Timor (Wednesday September 13)

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Violent pro-Jakarta militias have stepped up their campaign of terror in Indonesian West Timor, scaring off local aid workers trying to feed 120,000 East Timorese refugees languishing in border camps. Jakarta has promised much but done little to curb the militias, who last week killed three U.N. international staff and several local residents in West Timor, forcing all foreign aid workers to flee and raising fears refugees may starve.

Despite international outrage over the murders and Jakarta's failure to deal with the militias, the government has declared it would refuse to meet a U.N. Security Council team due in Jakarta next week to take Indonesia to task over the slaughter.

CLIP

The militias herded the refugees across the border from East Timor when the territory voted last year to end 23 years of harsh Indonesian military rule, and have been blocking their return. Ribero said refugees only had food to the end of the month.


From:
U.S.Deploys Warship in East Timor (Friday September 15)

DILI, East Timor (news - web sites) (AP) - Backed by four U.S. Navy ships, hundreds of heavily armed Marines moved onto the convulsed island of East Timor Friday to deliver humanitarian aid - but ready to defend against any threat by militia gangs. CLIP


From: http://headlines.igc.apc.org:8080/pnalerts/968952945/index_html

STOP THE VIOLENCE NOW
Murderous Militias Rampage Through West Timor
U.S. Must Publicly Suspend All Contact With Indonesian Security Forces

ON SEPTEMBER 6, militias hacked to death three international UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) workers; an unknown number of as yet unidentified local refugees and citizens in Atambua, West Timor were also killed. Militia groups have launched repeated raids in East Timor over the last several months. More than 100 militia members are said to be operating inside East Timor, causing many villagers to flee in fear. The Indonesian military (TNI) created, armed, and trained these militias. Overwhelming evidence links the TNI, particularly the notorious elite special forces unit Kopassus, to recent militia attacks.

CLIP

The violence is believed to have spread to Kupang, the capital of West Timor, and to Betun, both areas that hold many refugees. Because of the near complete evacuation of international personnel, the exact death toll and full extent of current violence is unknown. But we do know that vulnerable East Timorese refugees and residents of West Timor are now without protection from homicidal militias. Without humanitarian assistance in the camps, food and medical supplies for the refugees are dangerously low. CLIP

Militias have also launched repeated border raids over the last several months. More than 100 militia members are said to be operating inside independent East Timor, causing many to flee their villages in fear, grimly reminiscent of last year's referendum period operations. Since late July, militias have killed two UN peacekeepers, injured several others, and engaged in several gun battles along the East Timor border. CLIP


See also...

From: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/special_report/1999/05/99/east_timor/newsid_340000/340363.stm
BBC: E. Timor Special Report

http://www.hrw.org/backgrounder/asia/timor/timor-bck0908.htm
Background Briefing: Questions and Answers on East Timor

From: http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/timor/index.htm
Violence in East Timor - regularly updated series of bulletins, reports, and press backgrounders. From Human Rights Watch.

Full coverage: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/fc/World/East_Timor/




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