Rights groups urge Annan to back tribunal for East Timor atrocities

Rights groups urge Annan to back tribunal for East Timor atrocities

[JURIST] Human rights groups including the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network [advocacy website press release] and Human Rights Watch [advocacy website press release] have urged UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to support a UN panel's recommendation for an international tribunal [JURIST report; UN panel report summary] to investigate atrocities committed after East Timorese voted for independence from Indonesia in 1999. Indonesia opposes such a tribunal [JURIST report], and activist groups are worried that war crimes will go unpunished if the UN does not step in. Radio Australia has more.