The UN Right Not to Cooperate with Joint Indonesia-Timor "Truth"
Contact: John M. Miller, +1/718-596-7668, 917-690-4391; firstname.lastname@example.org
July 27, 2007 - The East Timor and Indonesia Action
Network (ETAN) today praised the UN for publicly announcing its
refusal to cooperate with the joint Commission for Truth and
"The UN is right not to cooperate with the CTF," said John M.
Miller, National Coordinator of ETAN. "The CTF not only violates
international human rights standards, we believe it can only offer a
watered-down 'truth' about the horrific actions of the Indonesian
“We urge the governments of Indonesia and Timor-Leste to end this
farce and to work for genuine justice and accountability for crimes
committed in Timor during the Indonesian invasion and occupation,”
Miller added. “Now that the UN has once again reiterated the serious
nature of crimes committed in Timor-Leste, the Secretary-General
should actively work with member states to establish an
In a statement yesterday, the UN said it "cannot endorse or
condone amnesties for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes
or gross violations of human rights, nor should it do anything that
might foster them." The UN has refused to allow former officials to
testify before the commission for some time.
In May, a global coalition of three dozen human rights
organizations led by groups from Indonesia and Timor-Leste sent
an open letter
to the presidents of Indonesia and Timor-Leste urging them to close
the CTF. The groups wrote "It is obvious from its mandate and its
performance that the CTF is not a credible mechanism to seek justice
or even truth regarding events in Timor-Leste in 1999, let alone
from 1975 to 1999."
The CTF began in 2005 as an effort to deflect a
commission report that called for Indonesia to be given six
months to prosecute those within its jurisdiction accused of serious
human rights crimes during the UN-organized 1999 independence
referendum in Timor-Leste.