|Letters to the Editor
The New York Times
February 8, 2000, Tuesday, Late Edition - Final
Justice for East Timor
To the Editor:
The willingness of Indonesia's civilian government to take on its
powerful military is encouraging ("Indonesian General Denies Guilt in
Timor Abuses," news article, Feb. 2), but Indonesia has yet to show
that it can follow through with credible prosecutions. Even if it can, the
international community also has a special responsibility because the
human rights abuses in East Timor were directed at overturning an
internationally sanctioned vote on East Timor's independence.
An inquiry authorized by the United Nations Human Rights Commission
recently recommended a joint Indonesian, East Timorese and international
tribunal under United Nations auspices. That would ensure that all of
those seeking justice are represented.
JOHN M. MILLER Brooklyn, Feb. 3, 2000
The writer is the media coordinator for the East Timor Action Network.
The Christian Science Monitor
February 8, 2000, Tuesday
OPINION; READER'S WRITE; Pg. 8
Trying Indonesia military for East Timor
In response to your article "Responsibility for rampages"
(Feb. 2): Indonesian investigation of human rights violations must
The prosecution of military officers and others responsible for the
violence surrounding the UN-organized independence vote in East Timor
would be healthy for Indonesia's fragile democracy. Nevertheless, justice
for the East Timorese killed and displaced should not depend on Indonesian
action against a still-powerful military.
The international community has its own responsibility to act. The
scale of the crimes committed in East Timor certainly constituted crimes
against humanity. These actions were part of a systematic attempt to
undermine and then overturn a UN-organized vote in East Timor, whose
inhabitants and most of the world's nations have never recognized the
legitimacy of Indonesia's occupation.
An international tribunal is needed to deal with crimes committed
against the international community, as well as against the East Timorese.
A recent UN investigation recommended a joint Indonesian, East Timorese,
and international tribunal under UN auspices. This would ensure that all
of those seeking justice are represented.
John M. Miller Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Washington Post
February 12, 2000, Saturday, Final Edition
OP-ED; Pg. A20; LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Reform in Indonesia
Indonesia's willingness to name and possibly prosecute some of its
generals is, as The Post says [Editorial, Feb. 1], an "important
step." It is wrong, however, for The Post to argue that "before
a Bosnia-style tribunal is created, Indonesia should be given a chance to
judge its own."
Indonesia has failed--despite repeated pledges by its civilian
leadership--to rein in its armed forces and their militia allies who block
East Timorese refugees from returning home. Incursions continue into East
Timor's Oecussi enclave. The abuse of human rights over the last year was
part of a systematic attempt to undermine the independence vote in East
Timor conducted by the United Nations.
An international tribunal must deal with crimes committed against the
international community and the East Timorese. A recent U.N. investigation
recommended a joint Indonesian, East Timorese and international tribunal
under U.N. auspices, ensuring that all parties seeking justice are
JOHN M. MILLER Brooklyn, N.Y.
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