Subject: KMP: Rights panel to probe militia violations
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 21:33:05 -0500
From: "John M. Miller" <fbp@igc.apc.org>

'Kompas', Jakarta, in Indonesian 18 Feb 99

Jakarta: Members of the National Human Rights Commission [KOMNAS Ham] will leave for East Timor to investigate human rights violations connected with the provision of arms to the civilian community there. Before going to East Timor, the KOMNAS Ham team will meet with Foreign Minister Ali Alatas and will consider community input on the East Timor issue. KOMNAS Ham has also met Xanana Gusmao, Francisco Lopes da Cruz, and former East Timor Governor Mario Viegas Carrascalao.

KOMNAS Ham member B.N. Marbun told this to a delegation representing the East Timor Students Association in Bandung on 17th February. Marbun told the students that ABRI [Armed Forces of the Republic od Indonesia] troops in East Timor should exercise restraint and should not provide arms to others.

Various human rights violations have occurred since the Indonesian government announced two choices for East Timor's future. Marbun is convinced that the violations are closely related to the provision of arms to certain groups. Even so, KOMNAS Ham will investigate the field to be sure to get strong proof on the issue.

Marbun thought that the current situation in East Timor was unsettled and he strongly suspected that more "strange" things would happen. For example pro and anti-integration groups as well as groups supporting and opposed to the East Timor National Liberation Front [armed wing of the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor] would emerge.

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