Indonesia and East Timor: fact and fiction: implementing the recommendations of the UN Commission on Human Rights

Index Number: ASA 21/005/1994

This report reviews the Indonesian Government’s record in implementing recommendations made by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) in March 1993. Its general conclusion is that the government, with minor exceptions, has failed to comply with the spirit or the substance of the recommendations. More specifically, the report concludes that: the government has failed to provide sufficient information about the fate and identity of those killed and reported “disappeared” after the Santa Cruz massacre in Dili, East Timor, in November 1991; notwithstanding some prosecutions in 1992, those ultimately responsible for the Santa Cruz massacre have not yet been brought to justice and the serious discrepancy in sentencing of soldiers and peaceful civilian protesters has not been redressed; East Timorese prisoners of conscience arrested after the massacre are still detained; only one of the recommendations made by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has been implemented; and restrictions continue to be imposed on access to East Timor by international human rights organizations

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