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Indonesia: West Papua

Volume 702: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they are co-operating with the Interpol red notice against Colonel Siagian Burhanuddin of the Indonesian army in West Papua. [HL3881]

We are not aware of an Interpol red notice against Colonel Siagian Burhanuddin, but we do know that Colonel Burhanuddin was indicted by the UN's Serious Crimes Unit in East Timor. However, both Indonesia and East Timor have insisted that it is for their respective countries to resolve these human rights issues between them.

The UK has consistently expressed concern to both the Indonesian and East Timorese Governments about impunity for those responsible for human rights abuses in East Timor. These issues are pursued through their bilateral Commission for Truth and Friendship. We have encouraged both Governments to make the Commission for Truth and Friendship a process that enjoys the confidence of the victims and the international community. A report on events during the 1999 independence vote is expected to be published by the Commission for Truth and Friendship shortly.