ANTI open letter on CTF report

Tyneside East Timor Solidarity would like to wholeheartedly agree with
the sentiments and the recommendations of ANTI, there is no way forward
for the people of Timor Leste, including those living in England,and
Ireland, some of whom came to Great Britain and Ireland to raise
awareness of the human rights atrocities occurring in Timor Leste,
during the Indonesian occupation, without justice.

We add our voice to the call for an International
Tribunal for crimes against humanity during the Indonesian occupation and 1999.

Lidia Tindle
On behalf of Tyneside East Timor Solidarity

Begin forwarded message:

Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 23:36:27 -0400
From: Charles Scheiner
Subject: ANTI open letter on CTF report

(English Translation. Tetum follows below.)

Aliansa Nasional Timor-Leste ba Tribunal Internasional
Timor-Leste National Alliance for International Tribunal (ANTI)
Secretariat: NGO Forum Timor-Leste
Rua. Kaikoli, Dili, Timor-Leste, Contact: 7284602 / 7318653

An Open letter in response to the CTF report
15 July 2008

Sent to:
1. Mr. Jose Ramos-Horta, the President of Timor-Leste
2. Mr. Fernando Lasama, the President of National Parliament of
Timor-Leste 3. Mr. Xanana Gusmão, the Prime Minister of
Timor-Leste 4. Mr. Claudio Ximenes, the president of Tribunal
Rekursu of Timor-Leste 5. Mr. Longuinhos Monteiro, the Prosecutor
General of Timor-Leste 6. Mr. Atul Khare, the UN representative
in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) 7. All Embassies in Timor-Leste
8. Political Parties in the National Parliament
9. Public and media

“The truth is there, now we need justice”

In relation to the Truth and Friendship Commission (CTF) which was
established by the governments of Timor-Leste and Indonesia in December
2005 and just ended its work in July 2008 after its mandate was
extended twice. On 15 July 2008, this commission released its final
report and recommendations to the governments of Timor-Leste and
Indonesia in Denpasar Bali, Indonesia.

The Timor-Leste National Alliance for an International Tribunal (ANTI)
did not agree with the creation of the CTF because there was no public
consultation with the victims and their families, was done for
establishing The Commission for Truth, Reception and Reconciliation
(CAVR), because Timor-Leste as a democratic country should have a way
tor doing the consultation. ANTI also sees that the CTF will not
deliver justice to the victims.

Most of the victims and their families expected that after they
testified to CAVR, they would receive justice after a process of
reconciliation, but in reality, after CAVR finished its mandate, the
victims have not yet received the justice which was promised by the
CAVR commissioners, and some of those commissioners were hired to be
commissioners of CTF.

The process of creating the CTF did not follow the Constitution of
Timor-Leste because the agreement signed by the Presidents of
Timor-Leste and Indonesia was not ratified by the National Parliament
of Timor-Leste, in accordance with article 95 ((3)(f)) of the
Timor-Leste Constitution.

ANTI supports the CAVR report “Chega” with its recommendations which
emphasize the importance of the reconciliation, justice and reparation,
so that people can learn not to repeat the violations of human rights
in the future.

Once again, ANTI would like to emphasize that the findings of CTF and
its recommendations are nothing new for the people of Timor-Leste,
because most of its findings were already written in the CAVR
report “Chega”, the Indonesian KPP HAM report, the investigation by the
UN High Commission for Human Rights in 1999, and the Special Panels for
Serious Crimes (SPSC) all concluded that what took place in 1999 were
systematically organized crimes against humanity, according to the Rome
statute – International Criminal Court (ICC).

The CTF report assigns Institutional responsibility, not individual
responsibility, for crimes against humanity, which is contrary to the
principles of international laws which were ratified by the state of
Timor-Leste and to Article 160 of its constitution which says that
there must be a justice process for crimes against humanity.

It is not new for ANTI that TNI, POLRI and the Government of Indonesia
created, supported, trained and funded the militia and provided other
facilities including guns, so that they could commit crimes against
humanity in 1999. One new thing is that commissioners from both
countries acknowledged what ANTI has urged during this time, that there
cannot be amnesty for the perpetrators of Crimes Against Humanity, and
no rehabilitation for them.

ANTI rejects the recommendation of CTF to create a new monitoring and
dissemination commission lasting five years to implement the
recommendations of CTF. ANTI thinks this commission is established just
to waste people’s money, not to give justice for victims families and
survivors, but only to enrich a few groups, while increasing the
vulnerability of victims who have already suffered from human rights
violations, without any special attention from Government programs.

Therefore ANTI urges to the UN not to provide funding from the
Solidarity Fund to support the commission recommended by CTF. ANTI
requests that this fund be given to the institution implementing the
CAVR “Chega” recommendations, because during this time UN has not
supported this Commission. The UN must not wash its hands of crimes
against humanity in Timor-Leste, and hold the perpetrators accountable
for their crimes in an International Tribunal to make sure that there
will not be impunity for Crimes Against Humanity, as the UN’s mission
is to protect and promote human rights.

ANTI urges the State of Timor-Leste, especially the National
Parliament, to quickly enact a law to implement the recommendations of
CAVR because, according to Constitution, justice must be implemented
and there should be a national reparation program for the victims and
their families.

Cases of crimes against humanity should be prosecuted in the courts of
Timor-Leste, and advocacy is also necessary to establish an
International Tribunal for crimes against humanity in Timor-Leste, as
part of guaranteeing that there is no impunity for perpetrators
(Constitution RDTL article 160) and according to principles of state in
Constitution article 1 (1), to respect people’s dignity as well as to
promote and protect the human rights now and in the future.

ANTI asks CTF to present its budget of US$ 2.125 million to the public
as part of transparency and accountability, according to the principles
of good governance to combat corruption and mal-administration.

Finally, we will support this state in establishing justice for victims
and survivors, as our contribution to build justice and peace in our
beloved Timor-Leste according to our Constitution.

Signed by,

Board of the Timor-Leste Alliance for an International Tribunal:
Victims’ families, Asosiasaun HAK, HAFOTI, NGO Forum Secretariat, La’o
Hamutuk, Fokupers, Luta Hamutuk, Front Mahasiswa Timor-Leste, OPVGJ
(Organijasaun Popular Vitima da Guera de Justisa).


Aliansa Nasional Timor Leste ba Tribunal Internasional (ANTI)
Secretariat : NGO Forum Timor Leste
Rua. Caikoli, Dili Timor Lest, No kontaktu: 7284602

Asuntu: Karta Aberta hodi hatan ba relatoriu CVA

Bodik ba Sua Excelensia:
1. Sr. Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Prezidente da Republika RDTL
2. Sr. Dr. Fernando Lasama, Prezidente Parlamentu Nasional Timor
Leste 3. Sr. Xanana Gusmao, Primeiro Ministro RDTL
4. Sr. Dr. Claudio Ximenes, Prezidente Tribunal de Rekursu RDTL
5. Sr. Dr. Longinhos Monteiro, Prokurador da Republika
6. Sr. Atul Khare, Sevi UNMIT
7. Embasador Estranjeiro iha Timor Leste
8. Bankada Partidu Politiku
9. Publiku no Media

“Lia los iha tiha, tenke iha Justisa”

Relasiona ho Komisaun Amizade no Verdade (CVA) ne’ebé mak hari’i husi
Governu Timor-Leste ho Indonesia iha fulan Dezembru tinan 2005, ne’ebé
mak foin remata nia serbisu iha fulan Jullu 2008 depois de hetan
prolongasaun dala rua. Ikus mai iha loron 15 fulan Jullu 2008, CVA foin
mak hato sira nia relatorio final no rekomendasaun ba Governu Timor
Leste no Indonesia, ne’ebé mak halao iha Denpasar Bali Indonesia.

Husi hahu kedas, ANTI la aseita prosesu hari’i komisaun Amizade no
Verdade ne’e tamba laiha konsultasaun ho familia vitima no
sobrevivensia sira hanesan prosesu hodi hari CAVR, tamba Timor-Leste
hanesan nasaun ida demokratiku tenke iha dalan hodi halo konsultasaun.
ANTI mos hare katak CVA sei la fo justisa ba vitima sira.

Familia Vitima no sobrevivensia barak hein katak fo tiha sira nia sasin
ba CAVR hodi halo rekonsiliasaun depois mak sei iha justisa, maibe iha
realidade hatudu katak depois CAVR remata nia mandatu, vitima sira
seidauk hetan justisa hanesan buat ne’ebé mak durante ne’e komisaris
CAVR sira koalia, no ikus mai lubuk ida husi komisairiu CAVR nian ba
tiha sai komisariu CVA.

Prosesu hari CVA mos tuir ANTI katak la-tuir konstitusaun tamba akordu
ne’ebé mak Governu ho Presidenti da Republika Timor Leste halo ho
Prezidenti Republika Indonesia, la-hetan ratifikasaun husi Parlamentu
Nasional Timor Leste tuir artigu 95 alinea 3 pontu (f) ne’ebe mensiona
iha Konstituisaun RDTL.

ANTI fó importansia liu ba relatorio CAVR ho nia rekomendasaun “Chega”
ne’ebé mak fó importante ba Rekonsiliasaun, Justisa no Reparasaun, hodi
nune’e atu ema hotu bele aprende hodi labele repete-tan violasaun
direitus humanus iha tempu agora no futuru.

Dala ida tan ANTI fó hatene katak buat ne’ebé mak fó sai iha relatoriu
CVA nian ho nia rekomendasaun laos buat foun ida, tamba barak liu
hakerek tiha ona iha relatoriu CAVR ho nia rekomendasaun Chega, no mos
relatorio KPP HAM husi Indonesia, relatoriu Komisaun altu ba
investigasaun kazu tinan 1999 husi ONU, Panel Serius Crime Unit (PSCU)
ne’ebé mak fó sira nia konkluzaun katak saida mak akontese iha
Timor-Leste iha tinan 1999, ne’e krime kontra humanidade katak krime
ida ne’ebé mak organijadu no sistimatiku tuir Statuta Roma-ICC
(International Criminal Court).

Iha Relatoriu CVA nian temi liu responsabilidade Institusional no
laiha responsabilidade komando ho individu ba krime kontra umanidade,
ida ne’e kontra prinsipiu lei internasional rasik ne’ebé mak Stadu
Timor Leste ratifika tiha ona no mos konstituisaun RDTL nian katak
tenke iha prosesu justisa ba krime kontra humanidade hanesan iha
konstitusaun artigu 160.

Laos mos buat foun ida ba ANTI katak TNI, POLRI no Governu Indonesia fo
suporta no hari milisia hodi fo treinamentu, orsamentu no fasilidade
seluk inklui fo kilat hodi halo krime kontra humanidade iha tinan 1999.
Buat foun mak ne’e katak komisaris sira husi parte Timor Leste no
Indonesia rekonnise dunik buat ne’ebé mak durante ne’e ANTI ejiji katak
labele iha amnesti ba autor krime kontra umanidadi no rehabilitasaun ba
autor sira.

ANTI la-aseita ho rekomendasaun CVA nian atu hari’i-tan komisaun foun
ida ho durasaun tinan (5) lima nia laran atu halo desiminasaun no
monitorizasaun ba implementasaun rekomendasaun husi CVA nian. Tuir ANTI
katak komisaun ne’e atu gasta deit povo nia osan hodi la fó justisa ba
Familia Vitima no Sobrevivensia sira, maibe hodi habokur deit grupu
balun, halo Familia Vitimas no Sobrevivensia sira ne’ebé mak vuneravel
liu, sei terus hela to agora husi violasaun direitus humanus to agora
seidauk iha tau matan special husi programa Governu nian.

Ne’e dunik ANTI husu ba ONU atu labele suporta ba orsamentu husi fundus
Solidadridade ba komisaun ne’ebé mak sei hari tuir mai hanesan buat
nebe mak mensiona iha rekomendasaun CVA nian. ANTI husu atu orsamentu
ne’e bele fo apoiu ba Institusaun de implementasaun rekomendasaun Chega
husi CAVR, tamba duranti ne’e ONU rasik la fo apoi ba CVA. Ho nune’e
atu ONU rasik atu labele fase liman iha kazu krime kontra humanidade
iha Timor Leste atu lori autor sira ba hatan sira nia halhalok iha
Tribunal Internasional atu garantia katak sei laiha impunidade ba krime
kontra humanidade, hanesan misaun ONU nian atu proteje no promove
direitus humanus.

ANTI ejiji mos ba Stadu Timor-Leste liu-liu Parlamentu Nasional atu
halo lalais Lei ida, hodi atu implementa CAVR nia
rekomendasaun “Chega” tamba tuir konstitusaun haruka, hodi hatur
justisa iha nia fatin lolos no halo programa reprasaun nasional ba
Familia Vitima no Sobrevivensia sira.

Prosesu kazu krime kontra humanidade tenke kontinua iha Tribunal Timor
Leste no mos persija advokasia ba stabelese Tribunal Internasional ba
kazu krime kontra humanidade iha Timor Leste, hanesan parte ida atu
garantia katak laiha impunidade ba autor sira (Konstitusi DRTL artigu
160) no tuir prinsipio stado iha konstitusaun artigu 1 aline 1, atu fo
respeitu ba dignidade ema nian. Nune mos atu promove no proteje
direitus humanus iha tempu agora no tempu oin mai.

ANTI husu ba CVA tenke hato gastu orsamentu hamutuk Miliaun US$
2,125.00 ba publiku hodi hatene hanesan parte ida tranpasaransia no
akontabilidade tuir governu nia prinsipu boa governasaun atu konbate
korupsaun no mal administrasaun.

Ikus liu, Ami sei suporta stadu ida ne’e atu kria dunik Justisa ba
Familia Vitima no Sobrevivensia sira, hanesan kontribuisan ba hari
justisa, pas no dame iha rai doben Timor Leste tuir konstitusaun.

Husi Ami,
Board ANTI husi Familia Vitima, Asosiasaun HAK, HAFOTI, Sec-FONGTIL,
Lao Hamutuk, Fokupers, Luta Hamutuk, Front Mahasiswa Timor Leste, OPVGJ
(Organijasaun Popular Vitima da Guera de Justisa).

La’o Hamutuk (The Timor-Leste Institute for Development Monitoring and
Analysis) P.O. Box 340, Dili, Timor-Leste (East Timor)
Telephone: +670-3325013 or +670-723-4330 mobile
email: website:
skype: cscheiner


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