Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Renewed calls for war crimes tribunal in East Timor

roduced by Michael Kermode

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A human rights group in East Timor has renewed its calls for an international tribunal for crimes against humanity committed by Indonesian occupation forces from 1975-1999. Earlier this month, the President, Jose Ramos Horta, repeated that a tribunal was unnecessary and support was marginal. But the group, the Timor-Leste National Alliance for an International Tribunal, with the support of a large group of victims, say they are sending a clear message that despite their leader's reluctance, widely unpopular criminal impunity should come to an end. However, the degree of support within Timor for a tribunal is questioned by some, who claim that bilateral and economic relations may come up trumps over justice in the end. Featured in story: Justice John Dowd, President International Commission of Jurists Australia; and Dr Clinton Fernandes, Senior Lecturer in Strategic Studies at the University of New South Wales.


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1 comment:

Leti said...

That´s interesting. We´re engaged in the same fight in Brazil, where gross violations of human rights happened during our dictatorship in the 60´s until the 80´s.

Where do you stand in this discussion?