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International Court for perpetrators who
in forcibly disappearing combatants
The Timor-Leste government should not try to deceive the people by saying
that we must strengthen relations with Indonesia, as so we cannot hold the
perpetrators to account through judicial processes. This is because we
firmly believe that both nations can only strengthen their diplomatic
relations and live peacefully if the road to justice is not closed to the
people of Timor-Leste.
Timor-Leste has had its independence restored for eleven (11) years now and
still people are waiting to know the whereabouts of the persons, who were
forcibly disappeared during the illegal Indonesian occupation. During its
illegal occupation in Timor-Leste, Indonesia systematically committed inhuman
and degrading acts, and an unknown number of persons were forcibly disappeared
during the armed conflict; all of which clearly violated the Geneva Conventions
and Humanitarian Law, which Indonesia had ratified before invading Timor-Leste.
The Invasion took place when the International Community insists the
decolonization process which as the same time Timor-Leste in its transition to
be as an independent country.
On 20th August 2013, Timor-Leste commemorates the historical day of FALINTIL
(The Armed Forces for the National Liberation of Timor-Leste) and, at the same
time, realizing the 3rd phase of the demobilization of FALINTIL held in Betano-Same.
FALINTIL accepted and succeeded in its mission, as a protector to the people and
the country, during the illegal Indonesian occupation. Yet, in the process of
the struggle our independence, many combatants sacrificed their lives and were
killed in many ways: some died in the line of fire, some were captured by the
enemy and subjected to torture, and various other violations of human rights by
the cruel regime of Suharto, these acts clearly against the principal of
Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related International Instruments.
In 1997, Commander David Alex (DAITULA) was captured in the district of Baucau,
and seriously injured by Indonesian military. Until today, the whereabouts of
DAITULA remains unclear; since the independence of Timor-Leste, Indonesia has
not provided information as to his whereabouts.
Therefore, we, as the new generation of this land, want to ask of our leaders
from Timor-Leste and Indonesia as follows:
a) Ask that the Government of Timor-Leste to diplomatically ask the Government
of Indonesia to inform the people of Timor-Leste and the International Community
as to the whereabouts of Commander DAITULA, as well as to publicly inform the
people of Timor-Leste as to the whereabouts of others figures as: Vicente Reis (SAHE),
Lick Uagae, Mauhudu Ran Kadadak, Rodak, Sabalae and the innumerable persons, who
were forcibly disappeared during the Indonesian occupation.
b) Ask that the Head of State of Timor-Leste, Taur Matan Ruak, and Government of
Timor-Leste, led by Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmão, do not try to deceive the
people by saying that we must strengthen relations with Indonesia, as so we
cannot hold the perpetrators to account through judicial processes. This is
because we firmly believe that both nations can only strengthen their diplomatic
relations and live peacefully if the road to justice is not closed to the people
c) We, with a strong voice, ask to United Nations and International Community to
remember that the Chapter of United Nations, all related International
Conventions on Human Rights, and the reports of gross human rights violations in
Timor-Leste all recommended the creation of an International Court to bring the
perpetrators to the justice, to end impunity in the future and to strengthen the
values of democracy and the rule of law.
d) We call for the solidarity from the associations of Combatants and Veterans
throughout the country to more pro-actively advocate for your companions, with
whom you fought during the struggle for independence and whose whereabouts
e) We call all institutions which work in the area of justice (students and
youth associations, religious organisations, international and national human
rights activists, the families of heroes and the people of Timor-Leste) to unite
together and firmly advocate for an end to impunity in Timor-Leste.
IN TRUTH FOR DAVID ALEX (DAITULA), VICENTE REIS (SAHE), CLIK UAGAE, MAUHUDU RAN
CADALAC, RODAK, SABALAE, REMIGIO AND THE OTHERS MISSING.
Dili, UNTL 19/08/2013
Maria Arancha Ana Castelo
see also Human Rights & Justice page