[ETAN-key] ETAN on attacks on the President and Prime Minister of Timor-Leste
John M Miller
fbp at igc.org
Mon Feb 11 07:44:20 PST 2008
contact: John M. Miller, (718) 596-7668; (917) 690-4391 etan at etan.org
East Timor and Indonesia Action Network on attacks on the President
and Prime Minister of Timor-Leste
The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) condemns Monday's
violent attacks on the President and Prime Minister of Timor-Leste.
We wish President Ramos-Horta a speedy and full recovery from his
wounds and a quick return to the duties he was elected to carry out.
We deeply regret the loss of life. The people of Timor-Leste have
experienced far too much violence throughout their history. The
pursuit of political goals through violence is unacceptable and must
be rejected. We urge that all reactions to these events be peaceful.
We regret that Major Alfredo Reinado and his followers were allowed
to remain free for so long. It is puzzling to us that some in
Timor-Leste view him as a heroic figure. His use of force during the
crisis in May 2006 and subsequent threats to use force should have
been condemned and rejected by all. These threats were carried out
Monday morning with tragic consequences.
Justice and accountability are lacking for far too many recent and
past crimes in East Timor. Yesterday's events occurred, in part,
because the rule of law remains weak. Major Reinado, who was indicted
for murder for his actions in 2006, should have been brought to
justice long before this attack. Too many in today's Timor-Leste
operate with a sense of impunity, believing that they will not be
held accountable for violent crimes which destabilize and further
traumatize the country's population. This sense of impunity is only
reinforced by the failure of the UN, U.S., Indonesia, Timor Leste and
the rest of the international community to achieve accountability for
crimes against humanity committed in East Timor between 1975 and 1999.
John M. Miller Internet: etan at igc.org
East Timor & Indonesia Action Network
PO Box 21873, Brooklyn, NY 11202-1873 USA
Phone: (718)596-7668 Mobile: (917)690-4391
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