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UN Vote Upholds Council Membership Standards on Rights

(New York) – UN member states enforced the standards they established for the new Human Rights Council by not re-electing Sri Lanka to the body today. Domestic and international human rights advocates who had opposed Sri Lanka’s re-election to the council…
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Dear Ambassador: We are writing to express concern that the report of the independent Commission of Experts appointed to review the prosecution of serious violations of human rights in Timor-Leste in1999 has not yet been scheduled for discussion by the…
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His Excellency Kofi Annan Secretary-General The United Nations 1 United Nations Plaza New York, New York 10017-3515 Dear Mr. Secretary-General: We are writing to express concern that the report of the independent Commission of Experts appointed to…
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U.N. Commission’s Report Urges International Tribunal if Indonesia Fails to Act

(New York) - The United Nations Security Council should endorse a U.N. commission’s recommendations for addressing Indonesia’s failure to ensure justice for crimes against humanity in East Timor, Human Rights Watch said today. The commission’s report,…
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Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono   President   Republic of Indonesia     Dear President Yudhoyono,     It was with great dismay that we received news that your government has not yet issued visas to Justice Prafullachandra Bhagwati of India, Professor Yozo…
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In conjunction with a coalition of nongovernmental organizations, Human Rights Watch successfully convinced the United Nations to create a commission to investigate the prosecution of Indonesian officials accused of committing crimes against the people of…
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(New York) - Human Rights Watch today called for stepped-up efforts to bring to justice those responsible for the killing, mass destruction, and forced expulsions that wracked East Timor last September. In a report issued yesterday, the United Nations…
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One year after pro-Indonesia militias, backed by the Indonesian army, killed, burned and looted their way across East Timor in response to the August 30, 1999, referendum on independence, not a single perpetrator of those crimes has been brought to trial…
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(New York) -- Human Rights Watch today urged the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to vote for the creation of an international commission of inquiry into possible crimes against humanity in East Timor. But the group warned that the effectiveness…
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(New York) - Human Rights Watch today will urge the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, meeting in emergency session in Geneva, to establish a high-profile commission of inquiry to investigate human rights abuses in East Timor. "It is imperative that the…
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(New York)-- Human Rights Watch today called for immediate adoption of a resolution now under consideration by the U.N. Security Council that would enable immediate deployment of a multinational force in East Timor. But it warned that the lack of clarity…
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(New York) - Human Rights Watch welcomed Indonesian President Habibie's announcement on Sunday that he was accepting the United Nations' offer of an multinational peacekeeping force for East Timor. Habibie's announcement is a critically important step,"…
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Human Rights Watch said today that fresh attacks on United Nations personnel by pro-Indonesia militias in East Timor demonstrate that governments supporting the UN mission there need to get much tougher with the Indonesian armed forces. "Are we going to…
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Human Rights Watch today called on all major donors to the United Nations operation in East Timor to step up pressure on the Indonesian armed forces to disband civilian militias in East Timor. The donors should also press the Indonesian government to…