Fundasaun Mahein, 22 Novembru 2012
Realization of the International Stabilization Force (ISF) from 2006-2012
The FM report, edition 42, revealed the presence of the ISF in securing and maintaining stability and security in Timor-Leste from the years 2006-2012. Under the agreement signed by the government of Timor-Leste and the Australian government in 2006, the presence of ISF aims to help the government of Timor-Leste neutralize conflict and ensure security and stability.
FM’s report also writes about the involvement of ISF forces to restore security in the 2006 crisis, such as operating a joint command and operations task force to stop the gang conflict in Dili and in the districts.
In an effort to modernize the F-FDTL, ISF provided professional training to the armed forces of Timor-Leste (FALINTIL-Forsa Defeza Timor-Leste) to enhance the ability to use the modern weapons equipment and supplies. The ISF also conducted joint exercises with the F-FDTL to clarify understanding of military techniques. The ISF’s training covered other aspects related to the F-FDTL like administration and logistics, and included training for military advisors in the Ministry of Defense and Security.
Fundasaun Mahein greatly appreciates the work of the ISF to restore the security situation in and after the military crisis in 2006. But it must also be acknowledged that the ISF were involved in many cases of Human Rights violations (HAM) and in breaking stipulations in the agreement as stated in the Memorandum of Understanding (MUO) — such as the shooting that killed a young man in Comoro Dili, the massive operation done to petitioners in the Same ISF, and instances of violations.
Fundasaun Mahein recommends:
1. The Government of Australia and the Government of Timor-Leste continue the good cooperation through the Defence Cooperation Program to enhance the institutional development and professionalism of the F-FDTL.
2. The Government of Timor-Leste strengthen the F-FDTL institution through bilateral relations in the field of human resources to become reliable and professional.
3. The government, in an effort to improve security and defense in general political development, requires the involvement of the F-FDTL in international peacekeeping forces.
4. The government improve and strengthen their work performance by developing human resources in various fields so that the F-FDTL can play a role in social service activities in the community
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