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Tetum: Familia Vitima sira nafatin hela iha inserteza nia laran


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Commemoration of the Liquisa CHurch Massacre on 5-6 April 1999:

“Families of the Victim continue to live with uncertainty”

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Once again, on 5-6 April [2014], Christians will come together with the families of victims to commemorate the anniversary of the Liquisa Church Massacre. This massacre happened in April 1999 and led to the death or disappearance of more than 200 people.

The Liquisa Massacre was perpetrated by members of the Indonesian Mobile (Brimob) Police, the Indonesian Military and the pro-Indonesia militia group, Besi Merah Putih (BMP – "Red and White Iron"). To this day, these perpetrators continue to enjoy impunity and freedom from formal accountability for their actions. In 2012, ex-militia member from BMP, Valentim Lavio, was convicted by the Dili District Tribunal and sentenced to more than 9 years in prison. However, he managed to escape to Atambua in West Timor, Indonesia and as yet there is no mechanism by which to extradite Valentim Lavio so that he can comply with his sentence.


Timor-Leste also has an obligation to sign and ratify the International Convention on the Protection of All People from Enforced Disappearances. Unfortunately, the Government's commitment on this also continues to waver.

Aside from the massacre in Liquisa, there are a number of other massacres which the Timorese people commemorate in April each year. These include the massacre in Cailaco, Maliana, which led to the execution of at least 7 people by the Indonesian military and pro-Indonesia militia. This incident occurred just a week after the Liquisa Massacre, on 12 April. In that same week, on 17 April, another significant massacre took place at the residence of Mr Manuel Crasacalao, a prominent Timorese Independence leader and former-Indonesian Parliamentarian, which saw at least 12 people murdered.

In 2012, when the State of Timor-Leste presented their report to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the Government agreed and committed to implementing the recommendations delivered to them by the UN Human Rights Council, in particular to adopt the recommendations of the Reception, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CAVR) and the Commission on Truth and Friendship (CTF) and to accelerate the process of adopting the draft laws on Reparations and the Memorial Institute, which have now expired in National Parliament. As well, they agreed to continue efforts to promote truth, justice, memorialisation and reparations for the grave human rights violations that were committed between 1974 and 1999.

Based on the demands of victims and their families, which have been formalised in the recommendations of CAVR and CTF, the State of Timor-Leste also has an obligation to sign and ratify the International Convention on the Protection of All People from Enforced Disappearances. Unfortunately, the Government's commitment on this also continues to waver.

ANTI is also aware that there is a commission which, together with the families of the victims in Liquisa, has been exhuming the remains of victims and is prepared to bring them to the Liquisa Cemetery (Ossuary). From ANTI's observations, communication between the families of victims and the commission has been poor throughout the exhumation process. Moreover, ANTI has received complaints from some family members about the lack of involvement by a forensic team so as to ensure proper identification of the remains. Worse still, in some cases, three or more bodies have been placed together in a single coffin.

Meanwhile, we all know that the brains or principal perpetrators of these massacres are Prabowo Subianto, Wiranto and other individuals. And, as we have all been following, one in particular has become a prime candidate to advance to the Presidential election. From 1980 to 1998, Prabowo, as the Commander of Kostrad and Kopassas, had great influence in devising the massacres that occurred. In particular, the Kraras massacre in Viqueque, which many know by the name "Kampung Janda", and also the Santa Cruz massacre of 1991. Today, Prabowo Subianto is advancing his way towards the Indonesian Presidential Election, continuing to enjoy impunity and avoiding formal accountability for his actions. The first stage will be the Indonesian Parliamentary elections on 9 April 2014, just days after we commemorate this massacre.

Therefore, ANTI is demanding and appealing for the following:

1.      To the States of Timor-Leste and Indonesia to prioritise implementation of the recommendations from CTF, especially the establishment of a commission on disappearances and missing persons, because despite regularly holding the Senior Official Meeting (SOM) there has yet to be any concrete results that properly respond to the demands of victims and their families.

2.      To the International Community, especially human rights activists, to continue the struggle campaigning to and increasing awareness of the Indonesian People regarding the crimes against humanity which Prabowo has committed in Timor-Leste, Maluku, Papua, Aceh and in other areas of Indonesia in order to prevent and ensure that these criminals cannot become leaders thereby destroying the values of democracy and human rights.

3.      To the Government of Timor-Leste, particularly the Commission carrying out the exhumations in Liquisa, Ainaro, Manatutu and other districts, that they must involve forensic teams in these exhumations so that the remains can be examined and their identities known so as to return them to their respective families.

4.      To the National Parliament to re-agenda the debate on the draft laws on Reparations and the Memorial Institute which are still sitting in Parliament. 

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Komemora Loron Masakre Igreija Liquisa 5 – 6 Abril:

“Familia Vitima sira nafatin hela iha inserteza nia laran”

Loron ida tan komunidade sira ho sarani hamutuk ho familia vitima sira sei komemora loron masakre Igreija Liquisa 5 – 6 Abril. Masakre ne’ebe akontese iha Abril 1999 hodi rezulta minimu ema 200 mak mate no lakon obrigatoriu no too ohin loron lahatene sira nia paradeiru.

Masakre Liquisa nian komete husi Polisia Brimob, Militar no Milisia Pro-Indonesia Besi Merah Putih (BMP) no autor sira ne’e ate agora sei nafatin goza impunidade no livre husi prosesu akontabilidade formal. Iha tinan 2012, eis Milisia Besi Merah Putih, Kondenadu Valentim Lavio, hetan kondenasaun husi Tribunál Distrital Dili ba pena prizaun tinan 9 resin. Maibe ikus mai Valentim Lavio halai tiha ba Atambua-Indonesia no ate agora seidauk iha mekanismu ruma atu lori hikas Valentim Lavio hodi kumpri pena ne’ebé nia hetan.

Alende masakre iha Liquisa, iha mos masakre balu ne’ebe Timorense komemora iha fulan Abril nia laran mak hanesan masakre iha Cailaco (Maliana), ne'ebe rezulta ema minimu nain 7 mak hetan ezekuta husi militar no milisia pro-Indonesia. Akontesementu ne’e mosu iha loron 12 Abril iha tinan ne’ebe hanesan. Iha mos masakre boot seluk maka mosu iha residensia Sr. Manuel Crasacalao nian iha loron 17 de Abril, ne'ebe rezulta ema minimu nain 12 mak mate.

Iha tinan 2012, iha tempo Estadu Timor Leste aprezenta ninia relatoriu Revizaun Perioduku Universal (RPU/UPR) konkorda ona no iha komitmentu atu implementa relatoriu ho nia rekomendasaun sira husi Konsellu Direitus Umanus ONU nian, liu liu atu adopta rekomendasaun husi Comisaun Akolhimentu, Verdade no Rekonsiliasaun de Timor-Leste (CAVR) nian no Komisaun Verdade no Amizade (KVA) inklui aseleira hodi pasa lalais ezbosu lei kona-ba Esbosu Lei Reparasaun no Lei ba Institutu Memoria ne’ebé sai kaduka iha Parlamentu Nasionál. Nune’e mos sei halo nafatin esforsu ho objetivu atu promove lialoos, justisa, memoria no reparasaun ba violasaun grave direitus umanu ne’ebé komete  entre 1974 – 1999. 

Tuir ejizensia vítima no familia vítima sira ne’ebé legaliza iha rekomendasaun sira CAVR no KVA nian Estadu Timor Leste mos iha obrigasaun hodi asina no ratifika Konvensaun Internasional konaba Protesaun ba Ema Hotu husi Desaparesimentu Forsadu. Maibe infelizmente komitmentu sira husi Governo Timor-Leste sei namlele hela.

ANTI mos observa katak, dadaun ne’e iha Komisaun ida no familia vitima iha Liquisa mos rekoilha hela restus mortais sira hodi prepara atu lori ba iha Ossuario. Iha rekuilhamentu restus mortais sira ne’e ANTI observa katak ladun iha komunikasaun diak entre komisaun ho parte familia vitima sira. ANTI mos hetan lamentasaun husi familia vitima balu katak la iha transparansia husi membru Komisaun sira ne’ebe rekoilha hela restus mortais sira.Iha rekoilamentu restus mortais sira ne’e mos ANTI preukupa tamba laiha involvimentu husi team forensic sira nune’e susar atu idenfika restus mortais sira. Pior liu tan iha fatin balu restus mortais sira husi mate isin nain tolu liu tau hamutuk deit hodi hatama iha kaixa ida nia laran.

Husi masakre hirak ne'e, ita hotu hatene katak sai kakutak nain ka autor prinispal ne'e mak Prabowo Subianto, Wiranto no selu-seluk tan. Hanesan ita akompania hamutuk, dadaun ne'e nudar figura ida ne'ebe mak importante atu avansa ba kandidatura eleisuan Prezidente da Republika nian. Husi tinan 1980 to'o 1998 Prabowo nudar Komandante Kostrad no Kopasus nia papel influensia tebes hodi dezeinha masakre sira ne'ebe mosu. Masakre sira ne'e mak masakre Craras-Viqueque ne'ebe kuinhesidu tebes ho naran "Kampung Janda" no masakre seluk mak insidente Santa Cruz 1991. Ohin, Prabowo Subianto awansa dadaun atu ba kompete iha eleisaun Prezidente nian iha Indonesia. Prabowo nafatin goza nia impunidade no sees husi prosesu akontabilidade formal. Etapa primeiru maka eleisaun ba Parlamentu Nasional Indonesia nian ne'ebe sei akontese iha dia 9 de Abril molok loron 3 depois ami komemora ba loron masakre ne'e.

Ho nune’e ANTI hakarak ezizi no apela:

1.      Ba Estadu Timor Leste ho Indonesia atu fo prioridade ba implementasaun rekomedasaun final husi KVA liliu atu estabelese komisaun ba buka ema lakon tamba too ohin loron maske iha ona enkontru altu nivel (SOM) dala barak ona maibe seidauk iha rezultadu konkretu hodi responde ba ezizensia familia vitima sira.

2.      Ba Komunidade Internasional liliu ativista direitus umanus atu kontinua luta hodi kampanye no fo kunhsementu masimu ba povo Indonesia ho aktus krime kontra umanidade ne'ebe Prabowo komete iha Timor Leste, Maluku, Papua, Aceh no fatin sira seluk iha teritoria Indonesia atu evita nune'e asegura autor kriminozu sira labele sai ukun hodi estraga tan voleres demokrasia no direitus uamanus.

3.      ANTI mos husu ba Governo Timor Leste liuliu Komisaun ne'ebe rekoilha restus mortais sira iha Liquisa, Ainaro, Manatuto no distritu seluk atu involve team forensic nune'e bele ezamina no asegura restus mortais sira nia identidade nune'e bele entrega ba iha familia refere.

4.      ANTI husi ba Parlamentu Nasional atu re-agenda hodi debate esbosu Lei Reparasaun no Institutu Memoria ne'ebe oras ne'e dadaun iha Parlamentu Nasional.

Dili, 4 Abril 2014

Sisto dos Santos

Koordenadór Board ANTI


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