Do we need a police force in Timor Leste?
I’ve just been reading the UN debate about Timor Leste. All is
sweetness and light. Just one or two slight concerns about police
behaviour, despite many media graphic accounts and films of
brutality. And one or two mentions of criminals being forgiven,
despite the Dep. PM saying that impunity will not be tolerated. Its a
charade, actually. Maybe everyone wants to protect the
extraordinarily high salaries paid to UN staff!? The UN and Interfet
and Unmit etc do so much training, and capacity building, but for
what? There is a capacity for not noticing bad behaviour. Maybe too
many countries are involved, then you can’t blame any one! Maybe the
UN trains, but does not test. Like AusAid, it seems to be about
project implementation, not project testing the end result. We need a
change, but who will bring this? The charade of the big court trial
may come to a head next Wednesday, so we are led to believe, lets see
how brave the judges are to find the truth.
OK, that is an introduction, as what follows is posted on behalf of a
concerned friend who witnessed this event.