Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Resolving Past Crimes Against Humanity is Key to Opening the Door to Truth and Justice now and in the future

A statement by ANTI (Timor-Leste National Alliance for an International Tribunal) marks the 12th anniversary of the Popular Consultation, 30 of August 1999- 2011 and also the International Day of the Disappeared is out.

Titled "Resolving Past Crimes Against Humanity is Key to Opening the Door to Truth and Justice now and in the future,"the statement condemns the "hypocrisy" within Timor-Leste:
"We are hypocrites because we forget our innocent people who lost their lives. We are hypocrites because we are not willing to look for those who were forcibly disappeared. We are hypocrites because we give priority to reconciliation, not to justice."
Photo by Karen Orenstein/ETAN
ANTI makes a series of demands. Among them a call to the UN Security Council to create an international tribunal to prosecute the "principal perpetrators of serious crimes and crimes against humanity in Timor-Leste during the Indonesian occupation...."

Other demands include:


  • Demands that the Prosecutor prosecutes the serious crimes cases that were investigated by the Serious Crimes Investigation Team (SCIT) and submits these cases to Court.




  • Asks the Judges and the Prosecutor General to imprison the criminal Valentim Lavio (ex-Militia BMP) who has already been sentenced to 9 years imprisonment but walks free today.




  • Asks the President of the Republic and the State of Timor-Leste to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance in order to guarantee that there will be no more disappeared persons in the future.




  • Asks the State of Timor-Leste to demand that the State of Indonesia give back those that the TNI forcibly took to Indonesia....



  • For the full statement and demands go here.


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