[ETAN-key] Remember We Are All Responsible for Justice for Serious Crimes
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Aliansi Nasional Timor-Leste ba Tribunal Internasional
Sekretariado : Fongtil-Caicoli, Dili Timor-Leste
e-mail: <mailto:lanarra.del at gmail.com>lanarra.del at gmail.com
Remember We Are All Responsible for Justice for Serious Crimes
In three days time, the Timorese people will celebrate the
anniversary of the restoration of our independence. Though we have
been happily celebrating the day with festivities for nine years, a
portion of the population is sad on this commemorative day because of
wounds that have not healed and still inflict pain. These wounds will
not heal while those responsible for them remain free from judicial
How can we imagine this situation continuing? Some people are happy
while others remain sad, but can we call this a victory for all of
us? While some people are smiling and content, others are crying and
spilling their tears. Can we continue to claim we have achieved
harmony and peace? How can we assure an end to impunity when the
perpetrators of Serious Crimes in Timor-Leste from 1999 remain free
and face no consequences? Why do we pour energy and effort into the
courts when the courts themselves have no teeth to bite those who
committed Crimes Against Humanity?
We ask you all to consider that the demand for justice for Serious
Crimes is not just necessary for the Timorese people, it is not for a
movement or a group, but it is the responsibility of everyone in this
country, of the international community, and particularly of the
United Nations. We are conscious that the demand for justice is not
just for Timorese people, but is necessary to prevent future Crimes
Against Humanity and human rights violations in other countries. For
this reason we firmly insist that the time has come to end the chain
of impunity for Timor-Leste and for the people in other countries.
Coming out of a three day strategic planning meeting of the National
Alliance for an International Tribunal (ANTI), held 29-31 March at
Ismaik in Dare with more than fifty participants, including students,
representatives of victims and victims' families, national and
international nongovernmental organizations, and international
solidarity activists, ANTI requests:
1. That the United Nations stop believing that Indonesia and
Timor-Leste will prosecute the cases of Serious Crimes and Crimes
Against Humanity committed from 1975-1999, and find an alternative
such as the Special Panels to prosecute the criminal perpetrators.
2. All the Embassies and Consulates in Timor-Leste report to your
States that the question of justice for Serious Crimes and Crimes
Against Humanity from 1975-1999 remain a major concern for the people
of Timor-Leste. Thus, we sincerely appeal to you to take action on
the question of justice for Serious Crimes as a moral and formal
responsibility of your State and society.
3. That the international organizations and institutions
supporting Timor-Leste's development address justice issues related
to Serious Crimes as a key concern for development and a necessity to
assure democracy and the rule of law.
4. That the National Parliament give significant importance and
priority to discussing the establishment of an institution to
implement the Chega Report, in order to prevent polemics and
incongruity among our leaders due to personal opinions that might
prejudice the voice of victims who truly want truth and justice for
the Serious Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity they suffered.
We believe that the Timorese people, and all of us, still hope that
peace and friendship will be realized once justice is achieved for
the Serious Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity committed in
Timor-Leste from 1975-1999, once the perpetrators are fairly
prosecuted and there is accountability.
Justice for the Timorese People,
Justice for all people of all nations in the world.
Dili, 17 May 2010
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John M. Miller, National Coordinator
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