The draft law on compensation for victims who suffered during the Indonesian occupation of East Timor between 1975 and 1999 must be enacted by the National Parliament without further delay according the country's leading law and justice civil society organisation, the Judicial System Monitoring Program.
According to JSMP Director, Luis Sampaio, the Victims Reparation Law was not approved during the last legislature because a parliamentary quorum was never met. The draft law is still pending in Parliamentary Commisison A.
“We ask MPs in this legislature to hasten the process of debating and subsequent approval of the Victim Compensation Law and the Public Remembrance Institute,” said JSMP Executive Director, Luis de Oliveira Sampaio, after a meeting with Commission A, in Parliament.
Mr Sampaio added that the reason the Compensation Law was not approved was because the Parliament could not obtain a quorum.