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UNHCHR. 2006 ‘Findings.’ United Nations Independent Special Commission of Inquiry for Timor-Leste; Section 224, p. 75. Geneva: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. 2 October

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B: Findings

224 (i): There was an absence of systematic control over weapons and ammunition within the security sector, particularly within PNTL. The Commission finds that the Minister of the Interior and the General Commander bypassed institutional procedures by irregularly transferring weapons within the institution;

(j) Both PNTL and F-FDTL weapons were distributed to civilians. In arming civilians, the Minister of the Interior, the Minister of Defence and the Chief of Defence acted without lawful authority and created a situation of significant potential danger;

(k) The former Prime Minister failed to use his firm authority to denounce the transfer of security sector weapons to civilians in the face of credible information that such transfer was ongoing and involved members of the Government;

ID: Q1286

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