Thursday, 24 January 2019 | 01:46 WIB

Here are Demands from Ex-East Timorese Residents to Indonesian Gov’t

Illustration: Mass protest

KUPANG, NETRALNEWS.COM - A total of 13,000 ex-East Timorese residents proposed eight demands to the Indonesian government through the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Provincial Government during a demonstration at Jalan El Tari Kupang in front of the NTT governor's office.

"We have eight demands to be submitted to the Indonesian government through this demonstration," said the coordinator of the protest Eurico Gutteres to reporters in Kupang, Monday (9/25/2017).

Eight demands from former East Timorese as well as pro-integration fighters when the East Timor separated from the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI), among them, are asking for political certainty from the Indonesian government related to the citizenship status of the former residents of East Timor Province.

In addition, protesters demanded legal certainty from the Indonesian government in relation to 403 people whose names were put in the 'serious crime' list related to severe human rights violations during the East Timor poll in 1999.

"For this problem, we expect Mr. Wiranto to hear this. I am with 403 former East Timorese residents as well as Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto on the 'serious crime' list and [Mr Wiranto] can go anywhere, while we were banned everywhere," he said.

Some former East Timorese also requested compensation for 13,000 integration fighters of East Timor, including widows and orphans who remained loyal to the NKRI.

In addition, the awarding of the award certificates to 13,000 East Timor integration fighters who remain faithful to the NKRI, the appropriate appreciation to members of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI), Police, and civil servants of East Timor Province.

In addition, they ask the Indonesian government to finalize the assets of Indonesian citizens left behind throughout the territory of East Timor. (*)