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UN reports 378 people missing in East Timor

Lusa - April 11, 1997

Geneva – 378 people were reported missed from November 1995 to the same month last year in East Timor, according to a report by the United Nations (UN) chief, Kofi Annan.

The report released on Thursday, citing documents provided by UN envoys to the territory, human rights watchdogs, US State Department and other personalities visiting the territory, said also that 12 East Timorese had been tortured in 1996.

Portuguese and Indonesian documents are also included in the report.

Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975 and annexed it oNe year later but the UN still regards Portugal as the territory's administering power.

Jakarta has been accused by several human rights organisations of a poor human rights record in East Timor.