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East Timor rights situation improving despite abuses: UN report
The human rights situation in East Timor has continued to improve over the last year, despite the need for further reform, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] released Tuesday by the UN Integrated Mission In Timor-Leste (UNMIT) . The re (More)
Rights group urges East Timor to ban amnesty for international war criminals
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday called on the government of East Timor [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to close legal loopholes in that allow for national amnesties and pardons for war crimes. In a report analyzing the consistency of (More)
East Timor court sentences rebels for presidential assassination attempt
A court in East Timor on Wednesday sentenced 24 individuals for the attempted assassination of the country's president and prime minister in 2008. The individuals, former government and military officials displaced after civil unrest resulted i (More)
East Timor president rejects rights group's calls for international criminal tribunal
East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta [official profile; BBC profile] has rejected a call from Amnesty International (AI) to establish an independent international criminal tribunal to investigate and prosecute those responsible for human rights a (More)
East Timor police use tear gas on students protesting government spending
A UN spokesperson said that East Timor police used teargas on a group of 200 students who were demonstrating before the National Parliament on Monday. Police reportedly used force against the students and arrested 21 protesters who disregarded pol (More)
East Timor president declines 'offer' to succeed Arbour as UN rights chief
East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Friday declined what he described as an offer to become the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, despite having told parliament last week that he had accepted the po (More)
East Timor parliament urges international probe into assassination attempts
The National Parliament of East Timor [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] voted Monday to recommend that an international commission be formed to investigate last month's assassination attempts against East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Hort (More)