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"Nobel Peace laureate Jose Ramos Horta says an Indonesian poll this week to determine whether thousands of East Timorese refugees in West Timor want to return to home, is a “sham”. Mr Ramos-Horta says the refugees are too afraid of being kidnapped, murdered and raped by pro-Indonesian gangs to say they want to go home." Radio Australia
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Ramos Horta says refugee registration a “sham”

Nobel Peace laureate Jose Ramos Horta says an Indonesian poll this week to determine whether thousands of East Timorese refugees in West Timor want to return to home, is a “sham”.

Mr Ramos-Horta says the refugees are too afraid of being kidnapped, murdered and raped by pro-Indonesian gangs to say they want to go home.

Early figures from the official registration process show that an overwhelming majority of the refugees have opted to stay in refugee camps in West Timor.

But Mr Ramos Horta says the process is an “absolute farce”.

He says Indonesia has failed to fulfil its pledge to disarm armed gangs operating in the camps.

He says the refugees continue to be intimidated and traumatized.

Mr Ramos-Horta, who is widely expected to become East Timor’s foreign minister after independence is granted next year, says many refugees were told they would be kidnapped and killed if they voted to return to East Timor.

He claims thousands of people will languish in the West Timor camps for years to come and women will continue to be sex slaves of militia gangs.

(21:55:19 AEST)


See also:
BD: 'Refugees' & Missing Persons - A collection of recent information, reports, articles and news


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