Mrs. Leutheuser-Schnarrenberger is a member of the Committee for Human Rights and humanitarian aid of the German Parliament (Bundestag), representing the liberal party (FDP). Leading up to the 57th UNCHR, she, a former member of the UN Inquiry Commission on Human Rights Violations in East-Timor, made the following statements:
· The 57th UNCHR has to put forward the message that basic human rights abuses will not be left unpunished.
· There have been new eruptions of violence in East-Timor, but apart from dealing with East-Timor, the 57th UNCHR should also focus on the human rights violations in Indonesia.
· In this respect it is also important to convey the message that there can be no impunity for past human rights abuses.
· The importance of an international criminal court should be made clear to all countries that have not yet ratified such a contract.
· An ad hoc criminal court should be established in countries with inadequate legal systems and where the international tribunal cannot yet assume its work.
· Mrs. Schnarrenberger also wants the UNCHR to join the demand of the UN Investigation Commission on East-Timor to establish an international criminal court for East-Timor .
On March 6, 2001, Mrs. Schnarrenberger, the FDP party and some individual MPs also worked out a resolution in the German Bundestag in which they call “for a stronger German commitment at the 57th UNCHR”. This resolution states, among others:
· It is of foremost importance that the UNCHR pays attention to the situation in Indonesia, especially to the human rights abuses in Aceh and in West-Papua.
· The UNCHR has to pressure the Indonesian government to bring to court those members of the military responsible for human rights violations and adhere to international standards in the court proceedings.
· At the 56th UNCHR a one year deadline has been set for the Indonesian Government to accuse all those human right violators. Since then nothing has happened and the time limit has been exceeded. Because of that there is no other alternative but to establish an international ad-hoc court as soon as possible.
(translated and edited by Watch Indonesia!)
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