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"In view of the changing scene in Jakarta the need to press for an international tribunal is now more urgent. ... What we should not be doing, is hesitating and encouraging the TNI command establishment to conclude that it is now likely to escape international scrutiny." James Dunn, Crimes investigator for United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET)
See also: BD: Calls for International War Crimes Tribunal - A collection of recent reports, articles and news

Re call for Tribunal

James Dunn

In view of the changing scene in Jakarta the need to press for an international tribunal is now more urgent. It would seem that the prospect of one being held by the Indonesian government is now even less likely. One new minister, Agum Gumelaar, was on my list of senior TNI officers involved with the militia, though not prominently, so in the end I did not include him.

What is important now is that the international community should manifest a determination to unravel what transpired in 1999, to identify the officers responsible for the planning, organising, and implementing of the militia operations, which led  to the commission of serious crimes against humanity, and to bring them to some form of justice. What we should not be doing, is hesitating and encouraging the TNI command establishment to conclude that it is now likely to escape international scrutiny.

James Dunn jdunn@interact.net.au


See also:

BD: Calls for International War Crimes Tribunal - A collection of recent reports, articles and news

Apr 20 SMH: James Dunn 'Crimes Against Humanity in East Timor, Jan-Oct 99'  Executive summary and recommendations
"Efforts should be stepped up to establish the guilt of those ultimately responsible, or with shared responsibility, for the crimes committed in 1999, and to commence action to have them brought to justice. Particular attention needs to be given to investigating the roles played by TNI commanders, with a view to laying charges against those responsible for the events of 1999. ...
In the event that no progress is made in Indonesia towards bringing to justice those responsible for the crimes committed in East Timor in 1999, immediate steps should be taken to negotiate the setting up of and international tribunal for this purpose. ...
While this report focuses on events in 1999, in the course of my enquiries persistent allegations of very serious crimes against humanity, involving mass murder, since East Timor was invaded in 1975 have been brought to my attention. I join with the KPP HAM report (recommendation 27) in calling for a thorough investigation of what transpired and of who was responsible. The most serious crimes, such as the Creras and Santa Cruz massacres, are crimes of such magnitude that they must be considered of concern to the international community as a whole."
James Dunn, Crimes investigator for United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), 14 February 2001

Apr 25 ETAN publishes text of suppressed UN report on East Timor destruction  Release & Link to full text of report up-dated May 5
"The report is now available on the internet at http://www.etan.org/news/2001a/dunn1.htm
The document, "Crimes Against Humanity in East Timor, January to October 1999: Their Nature and Causes," was written by former Australian diplomat James Dunn, an independent consultant to the Chief Prosecutor for the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor's (UNTAET). ETAN obtained the report from a source associated with the United Nations.
UNTAET officials do not plan to release the report, which was submitted to them in mid-February. It names some of the key Indonesian commanders most directly involved in planning and implementing the violence surrounding East Timor's UN-organized independence referendum in 1999. A UN spokesperson has said that the UN is not releasing the report out of concern that it will hinder negotiations with Indonesia.
"We believe it is crucial that those responsible for East Timor's destruction be held accountable," said John M. Miller, spokesperson for ETAN. "Prosecution of the Indonesian military officers responsible is necessary both for East Timor's future security and Indonesia's transition to democracy. Open discussion of the report's findings best serves all involved -- the UN, the Indonesian government and people, and the people of  East Timor." " The East Timor Action Network/U.S.


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