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The Indonesian occupation of Timor-Leste in 1975 resulted in the deaths of an estimated 200,000 Timorese, which accounted for more than a quarter of the territory’s total population. Unfortunately, this terrible injustice went almost completely unrecognized by the international community. Even more disturbing, there is evidence to suggest that the United States was not only aware of these injustices, but perhaps encouraged the Indonesians’ violent invasion. A mass killing of this magnitude is normally dubbed ”genocide.” However, the situation that occurred in Timor-Leste has never been labeled as an actual “genocide,” most likely due to the involvement of the United States and other Western countries trying to avoid blame. In this presentation, I will explore the “genocide” of Timor-Leste and the level of involvement of other nations, specifically the United States, in this tragedy.
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Ledwith, Molly, "Research exercise: The "Genocide" of Timor-Leste: A Study of Human Suffering and International Ignorance" (2014). Stander Symposium Posters. 524.
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