Discriminating Between Those Responsible For Crimes And Victims

Commission on Truth and Friendship RI-RDTL

Segunda-feira, Setembro 24, 2007

Once Again it has been shown that the TFC (Truth and Friendship Commission) is neither credible nor transparent.

This is shown the closure to the public of the hearing for the evidence to be given by Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao today, 24 September 2007 at Hotel Timor, Dili, Timor-Leste.

The closure to the public of the hearing is a repeat of the hearings already held for evidence by Mr. Habibie and Mr. Horta.

The closure of the hearings to the public demonstrates that the TFC undertakes its functions and operates in a manner that removes itself from International Human Rights law.

This is despite Secretary General Kofi Anan having stated in his report to the UN Security Council dated 26 July 2006 that the TFC process has to be credible and transparent.

Credibility has to be demonstrated through applying/promoting International Human Rights Law and the general principles of seeking truth and justice, above all the rights of victims to access information and the truth regarding crimes committed against them.

However, this evidence is being given in hearings closed to the public. This shows the dishonesty of our leaders to our people, most of all to the victims of crimes involving violations of human rights in Timor-Leste.

It is clear that closed hearings for Mr. Xanana Gusmao and other top leaders (Habibie and Ramos Horta) as top leaders who were leaders in those times when there were occurrences of human rights violations, then such hearings which are closed to the public violate the principle of rights of the victims, above all the rights of victims to the truth, justice and for reparations.

Hearings involving top leaders of this nation that are closed to the public is clear evidence that the TFC is an instrument for impunity and a means to set aside accountability to victims.

However, in reality there have been only a few victims who have given their evidence and they did so in public hearings without any consideration given to the question of security for the extreme vulnerability of victims. This is discrimination in action stemming from a conspiracy between the government of Indonesia, the government of Timor-Leste and the TFC.

For these reasons we set out our position as follows:

We reject the TFC and call a halt to all activity by it that carries the title of “seeking the truth”.

To the government of Indonesia and the government of Timor-Leste to implement the recommendations of the CAVR and to resume the prosecution of those responsible for crimes against humanity.

The TFC should not receive any evidence by witnesses that is given in closed hearings from Mr. Habibie, Mr. Ramos-Horta, Mr. Xanana Gusmao and to include any other leaders who are still to give evidence in the hearings which as re closed to the public.

Dili, 24 September 2007

Association HAK, FOKUPERS, JSMP, ESPADA, HCTL Front Mahasiswa, ETCRN, Forum Asia, Kontras, HRWG, Sec. FONGTIL, ICTJ-Timor-Leste, Lao Hamutuk, SCM-TL, Luta Hamutuk.



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