Tapol & Timor Link now online


Two influential print journals which extensively covered occupation and resistance in East Timor are now available online.

They are Tapol Bulletin, published by the UK-based Tapol and  Timor Link, published by London’s Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR, now Progressio).

In cooperation with the publishers, the journals were digitised by the Library of Victoria University in Melbourne and are accessible online through the library’s digital research repository. The digitisation project was initiated by CHART.

TAPOL Bulletin
All issues of the printed journal (1973-2008) can be seen here: Tapol – VU Research Repository.

Created by Carmel Budiarjo in 1973 to campaign for the release of political prisoners held since the 1960s by the Suharto regime, Tapol gave increasing attention to the Timor issue from the mid-1970s.

A particular strength of Tapol’s work on Timor was its knowledge of Indonesian language and politics and it played a key role in making internal Indonesian military documents available internationally.

Timor Link
Most of the issues of Timor Link can be seen here: Timor Link – VU Research Repository.

The London-based Catholic Institute for International Relations was a non-government human rights and development  organisation with interests in central America, southern Africa and Asia. CIIR’s pamphlet series, ‘Comment’ tackled the Timor issue in 1982, marking the start of the organisation’s increasingly influential voice on the topic, especially in European human rights and Christian Church circles.

Timor Link became CIIR’s principle vehicle for news and advocacy on Timor from its inception in 1985 until it ceased publication in 2002.

CHART will add links for these journals to its online access point for digitised Timor newsletters – CHART Periodicals.

Chart wishes to thank staff of the Victoria University Library for taking on this digitisation project – especially  Ralph Kiel, Adrian Gallagher, Mark Armstrong-Roper, Lyn Wade and Ingrid Unger.

We also wish to thank Tapol and Progressio staff for their most agreeable response to the project idea – especially Paul Barber and Barbara Patilla (Tapol) and Daniel Hale (Progressio).


Note on Tapol/CIIR archives
The materials collected and created by Tapol and CIIR during their years of public advocacy on Timor will be of much interest to future researchers.

Tapol archives: Most of the Tapol archive is held by the Mario Soares Foundation (FMS) in Lisbon as part of a larger collection of its Timorese Resistance archive. Some 6,500 items from the Tapol archive can be seen in digital form on the FMS-created database, Casa Comum.

CIIR / Timor Link: CIIR’s extensive collection of Timor materials has been preserved but is not yet available for research access. CHART briefly examined the collection in London in late 2013; further information to come.

5 Responses to Tapol & Timor Link now online

  1. Trina Supit says:

    Would like to read Timor Link no. 27 from 1993 which is currently missing from the VU archive. Does anyone know where I can find this?

    • timorarchives says:

      Hi Trina. Sadly, we could not source three issues for this scanning project. Numbers 26, 27 & 44. We are still looking and will add them to the online collection if successful.

      One possibility in Dili: Try the library at CAVR, Comarca/Balide.

  2. Eef Vermeij says:

    The International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam has no’s 1-56 (1985)-(2002)

    • Trina Supit says:

      Thanks, Eef. I am following this up today. Trina

    • Trina Supit says:

      Nos 26, 27 and 44 are indeed available at the IISH, Amsterdam.
      This is their email to me:
      Thank you for your email. Yes we do hold number 27 of the Timor Link and also no. 26 and 44 (1998). You can order scans. Each number = 4 scans x € 0.50 = € 2.00 + an additional administration fee of € 6.00. For the three numbers the total costs will be € 12.00. For no. 27 € 8.00.
      You can use the order reproduction button in our catalogue, see: https://search.socialhistory.org/Record/1395748

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