|East Timor||CARITAS PROGRAM FILLING GAPS IN UN EVIDENCE COLLECTION|
Caritas Australia has begun training East Timorese in techniques of collection of evidence of crimes against human rights that may assist in future prosecutions.
"Field assessment has revealed that UN investigations have been completely inadequate. They are under-resourced and lack any clear plan for prosecution," according to Caritas Australia advocacy advisor John Scott-Murphy.
He added: "The decision of Secretary-General Kofi Annan to defer to Indonesian requests for perpetrators of crimes to be tried under Indonesian law places an unnecessary delay in the whole process."
The Caritas program is the first in-country legal training since the "scorched earth" departure of Indonesia from the territory. 54 people from all parts of East Timor have registered for the week-long course. It is being conducted with 'pro bono' assistance from the University of Newcastle Law School and the Many Rivers Aboriginal Legal Aid Service.
It is a response to the call of Bishop Belo for justice. It's hoped the training will assist a future International Criminal Court.