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Watchdogs reports hundreds of violation in 1997

Lusa - December 12, 1997

Dili – Two East Timorese human rights organisations said on Thursday that they had received during this year 339 complaints of human rights violations committed by the Indonesian security forces stationed in the territory.

Comissao Pastoral de Justica and Fundacao de Direitos, Justica e Liberdade released the figures, that includes youth arrested during a visit to East Timor in March by an United Nations special envoy and others detained following guerrilla attacks to military targets on 29 May.

A spokesman for the Comissao Pastoral de Justica said, "human rights violations in East Timor is something common", involving arbitrary arrests, torture, missing people or killings.

Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975 and annexed it one year later in a move not recognised by the United Nations that still regards Portugal as the territory's administering power.