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EU expresses 'profound concern' over human rights record

Lusa - April 14, 1997

Geneva – The European Union (EU) resolution proposal introduced to the 53 annual meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Commission being held in Geneva has expressed "profound concern" over the continued human rights violations in East Timor.

The proposal on Friday urged also the Indonesian government to respect the human rights situation, the basic freedoms of the people of East Timor, promote the release of all political prisioners and the free entrance of international humanitarian aid organisations in the territory.

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