Current and Past Recommendations to the UN Security Council (Monthly Action Points)
Timor-Leste (February 2012)
The Council is expected to review the situation in Timor-Leste as per SCR 1969 (2011), including OP 17 which requires the UN Mission (UNMIT) to integrate gender considerations as a cross-cutting issue throughout its mandate, and to renew UNMIT’s mandate. In the light of the many gender-based crimes reported, a clear lack of will by the Timor Leste government to ensure justice and reparations into crimes committed in 1999, the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections, and talk of UNMIT’s departure by December, the Council is urged to:
Check that the Secretary-General’s latest report on the situation provides a full account of UNMIT’s efforts to implement OP17 of SCR 1969 (2011);
Demand that the Timor-Leste government fulfill advance investigations and prosecutions of crimes of international law committed in 1999, including implementation of the recommendations of the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation and the Commission of Truth and Friendship;
Add a reference to SCR 1960 (2010) in the resolution renewing UNMIT’s mandate to further encourage an end to impunity for gender-based crimes;
Encourage Timor-Leste and UN entities to continue efforts to support the full and equal participation of women in the upcoming elections, both as voters and candidates; and
Require that UN entities in the country maintain a strong human rights monitoring presence throughout 2012 and beyond any end to UNMIT’s mandate.