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The Hidden Holocaust’: The East Timor Alert Network (ETAN) and Human Rights Claims in Canada, 1985–1998

A recent study by PhD student Julian Torelli is published in the Journal of Historical Sociology

Aug 13, 2021

Julian Torelli’s article investigates the claims-making strategies of the East Timor Alert Network (ETAN), a Canadian solidarity group advocating for East Timor’s human rights during the Indonesian occupation (1975-1999). Based primarily on archival sources, including newsletters, United Nations Decolonization speeches, media articles, audiovisual and photographic materials, this case study examines the degree to which ETAN’s frames were rendered culturally or politically salient to warrant effective public claims. This research sheds light on the discursive strategies involved in advancing international human rights advocacy, and how the international community can support marginalized groups who have been demonized by their own states and who have been deemed as unworthy of the full array of civil rights.

View the report here.