UN AGENCY CALLED WEAK ON EAST TIMOR ABUSES

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 28) - The United
Nations Commission on Human Rights has been criticized by two human rights
groups for failing to demand justice for victims of atrocities in East Timor.

Amnesty International and the East Timor Action Network have
described as weak, a recent statement from the commission about Indonesia's
trials of suspects accused of taking part in violence in 1999.

Amnesty International said the statement should have condemned
Indonesia for failing to bring perpetrators to justice, and should have called
for alternatives measures, such as an international tribunal.

The US-based East Timor Action Network says the commission has
turned its back on East Timorese people.

There was an organised campaign of intimidation before East
Timor voted for independence in August 1999, and a revenge campaign afterwards.

At least 1,000 people are estimated to have died.

April 28, 2003

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