Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Australian Sexual Harassment In East Timor

Australian soldiers have been accused of sexually harassing and terrorising young East Timorese girls the commanding officer of the Australian-led peacekeeping force has admitted today. John Howard reports.

Major-General Peter Cosgrove said that "fairly strong steps" were being taken to find the culprits of an incident on November 24 last, and military police have arrested two soldiers for wearing civilian clothes. The two are said not to have been involved in the home invasion.

An 18-year-old girl is alleging that she and her sisters had been repeatedly sexually harassed. "Sometimes, they came to our house and say they are looking for women."

The girl said that on the night of November 24, "five to seven" men entered the family house in which the doors and windows had been removed in the militia violence.

Other incidents in September and December are also under investigation.

The other most serious was on December 16 and just hours after six young daughters of a Timorese family were reunited with their parents, who had fled as refugees to West Timor.

Their mother hid behind a tree as a group of Australian men in civilian dress stormed the house in the Dili suburb of Palapasu shouting they "wanted a lady."

The mother has since told friends she was considering taking the family back to West Timor because it was safe there.

Cosgrove says "we have apologised, of course, and are aghast at this." Although he thought the offences were very isolated but are being treated very seriously.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Commercial Scoop User? Help Scoop Survive (and Thrive!)

The ScoopPro licensing terms require that commercial users of Scoop.co.nz pay a reasonable fee in order to access the Scoop site so that this same information remains free and accessible to the wider public regardless of their disposable income. More>>

ALSO:

Joseph Cederwall: Building a Community Newsroom

A combination of new technology, ideas, institutions and business models and a renewed energy and commitment by the Scoop team, means Scoop aims to be at the forefront of the development of this renaissance that we term ‘News 3.0’. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop 3.0: Saving The News

Scoop Co-Founder Alastair Thompson - One of the saddest aspects of the decline of the news industry, not just here in NZ - but everywhere, is that it often seems invisible, in large part because news is a confidence business... More>>

ALSO:

UK Cabinet Backs Deal: Gordon Campbell On The Latest Roll Of The Brexit Dice

Brexit has left the British public looking like a nation of Wellington bus commuters. In both cases, the unholy mess bears no resemblance to what people were promised or the spin being used to justify it. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Democratic Leadership And Trump

On the big picture, the poll predictions were dead right. In the end, the Democratic Party won a clear victory in the House, and lost as expected in the Senate, where it had been defending at least 10 seats in regions that had voted heavily for Trump in 2016. More>>

ALSO: