The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, has called for the setting up of an international war crimes tribunal to investigate what she called the “savage violations of human rights” in East Timor. Speaking in the Australian city of Darwin, she said the main perpetrators of the atrocities had to be identified. She also met with some East Timorese UN workers who were evacuated from Dili to Darwin, to hear first-hand accounts of atrocities in East Timor.

Mrs Robinson has called off her proposed visit to East Timor today. She said that this is in order to gather information on human rights abuses from UN staff and refugees who managed to escape from East Timor to Darwin. The cancellation was announced by UN officials in Australia. It is the second time the trip had been cancelled.