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EAST TIMOR

East Timor. Capital City: Dili. Timor is an island in the Malay Archipelago. East Timor gained independence on May 20, 2002, following a 1999 referendum in which the people voted for independence from Indonesia. At the time of the referendum, violence sparked by pro-Jakarta militiamen left more than 1,000 civilians dead.

 For information on trials to prosecute those responsible, please see our hot topic, Indonesian Ad Hoc Court Tries East Timor Abuse Suspects.

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Last updated Feb 5, 2008.

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