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East Timor invites UN to probe violence

East Timor has invited international human rights monitors to visit the country, to investigate allegations of violence by Timorese security forces.

The move comes as authorities in Dili try to resolve the recent unrest that erupted into riots and left five people dead.

Recent inquiries by the US State Department and Human Rights Watch have accused Timorese police of excessive force against detainees, including protesters arrested during the recent riots.

Foreign Minister Jose Ramos-Horta has written to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, inviting a team of investigators to East Timor to assess the allegations themselves.

He says East Timor is committed to its international human rights obligations and takes the allegations seriously.

The Government has already begun efforts to rebuild properties destroyed in the riots and says Dili has returned to calm.




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