East Timor president delivers rights violations report to UN

[JURIST] In an attempt to help resolve the conflict surrounding Indonesia's annexation of East Timor [JURIST news archive], East Timor President Xanana Gusmao [BBC profile] presented a report [press conference summary] to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Friday detailing alleged widespread atrocities committed by the Indonesian government during its occupation of the country. The report, produced by the East Timor Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation [official website], contends that more than 100,000 people were killed or died of starvation, and that there was widespread rape and torture throughout the country. Last year, Gusmao suggested he would withhold the report in order to maintain positive ties with Indonesia, a move which was widely criticized [JURIST report]. BBC News has more. UN News has additional coverage.



 

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