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Indonesia denies committing widespread rights abuses

The Jakarta Post (01/24/06)

Indonesia Denies Committing Widespread Rights Abuses

TOKYO (AP): Vice president Jusuf Kalla said Tuesday an internationally funded report that claims at least 183,000 people were killed during the country’s occupation of East Timor were “exaggerated.”

East Timor President Xanana Gusmao presented the 2,500-page Reception, Truth and Reconciliation Commission report to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan last week.

It has not yet been made public, but portions leaked to the media say Indonesian security forces were largely to blame for some 100,000 deaths and human rights violations – from starvation to torture to sexual abuse.

Kalla, who has not yet seen a copy of the report, said some of the claims made by the independent commission were “exaggerated” or simply “not true.”

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