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UN rights expert urges East Timor to reconsider judicial dismissals
November 26, 2014
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Gabriela Knaul on Tuesday urged the government of East Timor to reconsider the dismissing of international judges and prosecutors. Knaul believes that the audit and dismissal of judicial personnel puts the independence of the judici....... [more]

East Timor court sentenced rebels for presidential assassination attempt
March 3, 2013
On March 3, 2010, an East Timor court sentenced 24 individuals involved with the 2008 attempted assassination of the president and prime minister of the country. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao escaped unscathed from the act while President Jose Ramos-Horta was critically injured. Many of the individua....... [more]

East Timor extended emergency rule after assassination attempts
February 13, 2011
On February 13, 2008, the National Parliament of East Timor voted to extend the state of emergency imposed earlier that week after attacks against President Jose Ramos Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao. During the attack, Horta was critically wounded and rebel leader Alfredo Reinado was killed....... [more]

East Timor rights situation improving despite abuses: UN report
October 6, 2010
The human rights situation in East Timor has continued to improve over the last year, despite the need for further reform, according to a report released Tuesday by the UN Integrated Mission In Timor-Leste (UNMIT). The report, Facing the Future, chronicles the human rights situation in the country....... [more]

Rights group urges East Timor to ban amnesty for international war criminals
June 29, 2010
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday called on the government of East Timor to close legal loopholes in that allow for national amnesties and pardons for war crimes. In a report analyzing the consistency of the country's penal code with provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Co....... [more]

East Timor court sentences rebels for presidential assassination attempt
March 3, 2010
A court in East Timor on Wednesday sentenced 24 individuals for the attempted assassination of the country's president and prime minister in 2008. The individuals, former government and military officials displaced after civil unrest resulted in a change in government in 2006, had been accused o....... [more]

East Timor president rejects rights group's calls for international criminal tribunal
August 28, 2009
East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta has rejected a call from Amnesty International (AI) to establish an independent international criminal tribunal to investigate and prosecute those responsible for human rights abuses stemming from the country's 1999 referendum for independence from Indonesia....... [more]

Rights group urges creation of East Timor independent criminal tribunal
August 27, 2009
The UN Security Council should establish an independent criminal tribunal to investigate and prosecute those responsible for human rights abuses stemming from East Timor's 1999 referendum for independence from Indonesia, Amnesty International (AI) urged in a report Thursday. AI's report, bas....... [more]

Indonesia court dismisses corruption suit against Suharto son
February 11, 2009
The Central Jakarta District Court on Wednesday dismissed a corruption lawsuit againstHutomo Mandala Putra, son of former Indonesian President Haji Mohammed Suharto. The suit against Putra, also known as Tommy Suharto, had been brought by the state and allegedthat he had de....... [more]

Indonesia accepts truth commission report on East Timor rights abuses
July 15, 2008
Indonesia on Tuesday formally accepted a joint Indonesian-East-Timorese Commission of Truth and Friendship (CTF) finding that Indonesia was responsible for human rights violations following a 1999 referendum in which East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia. This is the first time that Ind....... [more]

East Timor police use tear gas on students protesting government spending
July 7, 2008
A UN spokesperson said that East Timor police used teargas on a group of 200 students who were demonstrating before the National Parliament on Monday. Police reportedly used force against the students and arrested 21 protesters who disregarded police instructions to disperse. The protesters had accu....... [more]




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