News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Joint International Observer Missions - Release

Joint International Observer Missions


KIPER Dili, September 2, 1999



We the International Observer Missions listed below consider it of the utmost importance to express our evaluation of the consultation process implemented by UNAMET, within the framework of May 5th agreement under the auspices of the Secretary General of the United Nations.

We want to state, in the very place, our recognition and appreciation of the professional work undertaken by international and local staff of UNAMET, with full respect to the free will of the people to vote.

In sharp contrast to electoral process, we are extremely concerned that despite the determination shown by East Timorese people to vote in the popular consultation in such impressive numbers on 30th August, the climate of fear and intimidation continues to distort their will.

Specifically, we want to express our concern regarding the respect and full compliance with Article 3 of May 5th Agreement which states: "The Government of Indonesia will be responsible for maintaining peace and security in East Timor in order to ensure that the popular consultation is carried out in a fair and peaceful way in an atmosphere free of intimidation, violence or interference from any side."

There has been a systematic process of intimidation against the east Timorese population, as well as local and international UNAMET personnel and international observers. Roadbloks, checkpoints, beating, shootings, as well as burning and destruction of property at different times and places, are some of the forms of intimidation that we see every day, especially by so called "militias", whose actions have been tolerated by the police and the army.

The Indonesian Government is solely responsible for eradicating all forms of violence and intimidation, thereby guaranteeing an adequate climate before, during and after the voting on August 30. Therefore, we demand that the Indonesian government fulfil its responsibilities, by immediately disarming and bringing the militias under control without further delay, and we ask that the international community and United Nations take stronger measures to encourage Indonesia to restore safety, peace and security.

International Platform of Jurist for east Timor (IPJET) Independent Committee for Monitoring of Balloting (KIPER) International federation for east Timor Observer Project (IFET) Catholic Institute for International relations (CIIR) Australian East Timor International Volunteers Project (AETIVP) Official Delegation of Chile UN Australian Association Uniting Church in Australia Asia Pacific center for Justice and Peace (APCJP) Oxfam International Asian Network for free Elections (Anfrel)


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news