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East Timor rights abusers unpunished, Amnesty says

East Timor rights abusers unpunished, Amnesty says

A culture of impunity has allowed human rights abuses in East Timor under Indonesian rule go unpunished in the 10 years since independence, Amnesty International said Thursday.
The United Nations should establish an international criminal tribunal to punish members of the military and pro-Indonesia militias who committed human rights violations during Jakarta's 24-year rule _ including the killing of more than 1,200 East Timorese around the time of the 1999 independence vote
"There has not been proper accountability for these atrocities," said Donna Guest, the human rights group's Asia-Pacific deputy director.
East Timor, with less than 1 million people, has struggled to find stability since breaking away from Indonesia a decade ago. President Jose Ramos-Horta barely survived an assassination attempt last year when rebel soldiers shot him in the stomach.
Fighting between rival security forces took the nation to the brink of civil war in 2006 before Ramos-Horta, a Nobel laureate, was voted into office in 2007 elections.
Amnesty said East Timor and Indonesia should be more aggressive in seeking justice for victims of rights abuses.
"The victims need a clear commitment by the Indonesian and East Timor governments and the United Nations to investigate all allegations and bring to justice those responsible for the grave human rights violations," it said.


Updated : 2021-05-07 20:13 GMT+08:00