"If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die": How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor (Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity)
By: Geoffrey Robinson (author)Paperback
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This is a book about a terrible spate of mass violence. It is also about a rare success in bringing such violence to an end. "If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die" tells the story of East Timor, a half-island that suffered genocide after Indonesia invaded in 1975, and which was again laid to waste after the population voted for independence from Indonesia in 1999. Before international forces intervened, more than half the population had been displaced and 1,500 people killed. Geoffrey Robinson, an expert in Southeast Asian history, was in East Timor with the United Nations in 1999 and provides a gripping first-person account of the violence, as well as a rigorous assessment of the politics and history behind it. Robinson debunks claims that the militias committing the violence in East Timor acted spontaneously, attributing their actions instead to the calculation of Indonesian leaders, and to a "culture of terror" within the Indonesian army. He argues that major powers--notably the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom--were complicit in the genocide of the late 1970s and the violence of 1999.
At the same time, Robinson stresses that armed intervention supported by those powers in late 1999 was vital in averting a second genocide. Advocating accountability, the book chronicles the failure to bring those responsible for the violence to justice. A riveting narrative filled with personal observations, documentary evidence, and eyewitness accounts, "If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die" engages essential questions about political violence, international humanitarian intervention, genocide, and transitional justice.
Geoffrey Robinson is professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. His books include "The Dark Side of Paradise: Political Violence in Bali". Before coming to UCLA, he worked for six years at Amnesty International's headquarters in London. From June to November 1999, he served as a political affairs officer with the United Nations in Dili, East Timor. Robinson lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
Preface ix List of Abbreviations xv CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION 1 CHAPTER TWO: COLONIAL LEGACIES 21 CHAPTER THREE: INVASION AND GENOCIDE 40 CHAPTER FOUR: OCCUPATION AND RESISTANCE 66 CHAPTER FIVE: MOBILIZING THE MILITIAS 92 CHAPTER SIX: BEARING WITNESS--TEMPTING FATE 115 CHAPTER SEVEN: THE VOTE 139 CHAPTER EIGHT: A CAMPAIGN OF VIOLENCE 161 CHAPTER NINE: INTERVENTION 185 CHAPTER TEN: JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION 205 CHAPTER ELEVEN: CONCLUSIONS 229 Notes 249 A Note on Sources 295 Bibliography 297 Index 313
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