Al Jazeera on Timor-Leste

Al Jazeera has just done a piece on justice issues in Timor-Leste. It's nothing new really, but interesting to see the country getting a bit of attention outside of the Aussie press. The issue of justice has been the same since independence. Ramos-Horta and Xanana favour amnesties, civil society groups and victims want justice. Nine […]

Timor-Leste presidential race heats up

Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta is one of the most well-travelled, recognisable heads of state in Southeast Asia. He's a hero to thousands of Timorese citizens, but his actions over the past couple of years have made me question where his priorities lie. His stance against an international tribunal for war crimes has frustrated many, especially […]

Amnesty on Timor-Leste

Brief Timor-centred highlight reel from the Amnesty human rights report: Impunity persisted for perpetrators of gross human rights violations committed during Indonesian occupation between 1975 and 1999. The police and military were implicated in alleged ill-treatment and excessive use of force. Despite the enactment of a law against domestic violence, levels of domestic violence remained […]