East Timor and Indonesia Action Network
the UN to Take Action for Justice for East Timor
to act to create an international tribunal for East
Timor to try war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the
Indonesian occupation. Existing processes have been inadequate to the
task. An international tribunal would
ensure that those most responsible for the most heinous crimes committed
in Timor-Leste from 1975 - 1999 are brought to
trial. Genuine justice is the best way to support democracy,
the rule of law and human rights in both countries.
See below for sample letter.
Please let us know if you contact President Yudhoyono,
and of any response you receive.
Secretary-General Moon via ETAN
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E-mail the Secretary General
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
New York, NY 10017
War crimes and crimes against humanity committed in East Timor (now
Timor-Leste) must not go unpunished. Up to
one-third of the pre-invasion East Timorese population was killed during
the illegal Indonesian military occupation from 1975 to 1999. I urge you
to use all resources at your disposal ensure the timely establishment of
an international tribunal to try serious crimes committed during the
I support your decision
summer not to cooperate with the bi-lateral Commission of Truth and
Friendship (CTF), unless it is precluded from recommending amnesty.
In announcing the decision, you stated that "The United Nations' policy,
however, is that the Organization cannot endorse or condone amnesties
for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes or gross violations of
human rights, nor should it do anything that might foster them."
You must now take the next step and work to ensure that the perpetrators
of these serious crimes in East Timor are brought to justice. I urge you
to support the recommendations of Timor-Leste's much more credible
Commission for Reception, Truth and
Reconciliation in East Timor (CAVR) and the report of the
I urge you to support the implementation of these recommendations,
including establishing an international tribunal for Timor-Leste with a
mandate including the entire Indonesian occupation. An international
tribunal is the best way to ensure that those most responsible for the
most heinous crimes committed in Timor-Leste from 1999 and before are
brought to trial. Genuine justice is the best way to support democracy
and human rights in both countries.
I hope you will agree. I look forward to your response.