“We are still not yet free of the shadow of serious crimes committed during the 24 years of Indonesian occupation. We have suffered a lot during that period; physically and psychologically, because of torture from various types of violations, including sexual violence against women, and the loss of 180,000 human lives because of the brutal, illegal Indonesian military occupation.”
- Timor-Leste National Alliance for an International Tribunal (ANTI).
A coalition of groups in East Timor has urged the United Nations Security Council to take “concrete, effective actions to end impunity for those who directed and committed crimes against humanity” there during Indonesia's invasion in 1975 and occupation till 1999.
"Accountability for crimes against humanity must not be further delayed" ANTI told the UNSC this week.
(See the text of the letter here)
ANTI criticized UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for failing "to mention the consequences of ongoing impunity for the serious international crimes committed during the Indonesian occupation" in his latest report to the UNSC.
The letter was endorsed by more than 30 other organizations from outside East Timor.