Timor-Leste

Report of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (A/HRC/19/58/Add.1)

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Mission to Timor-Lest

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The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances visited TimorLeste from 7 to 14 February 2011. The purpose of the visit was to learn about the efforts made to address enforced disappearances which occurred in the past.
The Working Group acknowledges the many efforts the country has made despite the challenges it faces. However, much remains to be done to achieve the rights to truth, justice and reparation for those who disappeared and their families.
The main recommendations of the Working Group include compliance with the recommendations made by the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation and the bilateral Commission on Truth and Friendship; the swift adoption of the draft laws on the establishment of the Memory Institute and a national reparations programme; the need to achieve more truth about what occurred in the past; a greater focus on the judicial process; and the incorporation of an autonomous crime of enforced disappearance into the criminal code.