February 16, 1999
Geneva, NY — One of the most volatile human rights crises in recent decades will be the subject of a talk to be presented on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus next week. Lynn Fredriksson, the Washington, D.C. representative for the East Timor Action Network, will discuss “East Timor: New Hope…at a High Price,” at 7 p.m. Monday, February 22, in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the HWS campus. The event is free and the public is invited.
Fredriksson will speak on the present situation in East Timor, a nation that has suffered one of the major genocides of recent decades. In 1975, Indonesian forces invaded the Pacific island nation of East Timor and subsequently declared it part of Indonesia. Resistance was met with genocidal repression: some 200,000 East Timorese people were killed, while many more have been tortured or displaced. Today, as Indonesia reels with the transition from Suharto's authoritarian rule, the new government has come under fresh international pressure to recognize East Timor's independence. Fredriksson's research and lobbying in Washington has brought to U.S. and international attention not only the scale of Indonesian repression, but also U.S. complicity.
Fredriksson has been an activist, organizer, and service provider in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and the San Francisco Bay area for the past eleven years. A graduate of Williams College, she has managed a shelter for homeless men in Baltimore and co-directed the Washington Office of Women Strike for Peace. She has worked for disarmament and human rights in the former Soviet Union, Israel, and Palestine, as well as in Indonesia and East Timor.
Fredriksson's visit is sponsored by the Colleges' Department of Political Science, Asian Studies Program, Intercultural Center, and Faculty Speakers Fund.
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