SMH: Indon Stalls UN Sex Slaves Inquiries in W Timor

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Subject: SMH: Indon Stalls UN Sex Slaves Inquiries in W Timor
From: Jeffrey D. Ballinger (jeffreyd@mindspring.com)
Date: Fri Nov 12 1999 - 09:55:21 EST


>Sydney Morning Herald
>09/11/99
>
>Indonesia stalls UN sex slaves inquiries
>
>Indonesia has refused to allow United Nations officials to visit West Timor
>to investigate reports of sex slavery in refugee camps, special rapporteur
>Radhika Coomaraswamy said yesterday.
>
>Ms Coomaraswamy said she had evidence of sexual slavery in West Timor, where
>hundreds of thousands of East Timorese fled or were forcibly deported amid
>the violence that followed the independence vote.
>
>Three UN special rapporteurs who recently arrived in Dili were refused access
>to Indonesia by the new government.
>
>''We have no access to the camps in West Timor, but we do have access to
>women and witnesses who have returned from West Timor, so there is some
>evidence coming in,'' Ms Coomaraswamy said.
>
>Special rapporteur for summary executions, Ms Asma Jahangir, who was also
>refused access initially, said she had written to Indonesian officials again
>last week but had received no response.
>
>Ms Jahangir said evidence of killing was continuing to emerge weeks after the
>Australian-led multinational force, Interfet, was deployed on September 20.
>''According to my information two to three dead bodies are being identified
>per day.''
>
>Interfet's most recent death toll is 108, but its commander, Major-General
>Peter Cosgrove, has said the killings could have been in the hundreds.
>
>The UN and Interfet have called for more resources to investigate crimes.
>
>The first forensic expert arrived in East Timor last week. Previously,
>Interfet, whose mandate does not include investigating human rights abuses,
>had attempted to document the killings in East Timor.
>
>The special rapporteur on torture, Sir Nigel Rodley, said he was sure that
>evidence of crimes was being damaged while investigators were delayed from
>being sent.
>
>The special rapporteurs are due to publish their report on November 25.
>
>Australian Associated Press
>
>


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