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East Timor leader criticized for suggesting rights violations report be withheld

[JURIST] Indonesian human rights groups have denounced the suggestion of East Timor President Xanana Gusmao [BBC profile] that a report from the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation [official website], which is investigating East Timor's past human rights violations, should be kept under wraps. Gusmao said Monday that the commission's recommendations could be used to "manipulate our people's state of mind." The commission was formed specifically to investigate the 1999 violence in East Timor [PBS backgrounder], which left 1,400 dead. East Timor [JURIST news archive; HRW backgrounder] gained full independence from Indonesia in May 2002 after more than two years of UN stewardship. Rights activists have accused Gusmao's decision as a political one being made solely to maintain good ties with Indonesia. AFP has more.

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