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Impunity has remained prevalent even after the Indonesian occupation – 1975 to 1999 – was over. This prevents Timor-Leste from respecting its international commitments, including the Convention against Torture. There is an absence of any concerted efforts to bring to justice those responsible for the killing or disappearance of an estimated 18,600 people, for the over 11,000 allegations of torture and the over 1,000 allegations of sexual violence, including rape and sexual slavery. Additionally, it is reported that police, encouraged by high-level officials, use excessive force against suspected criminals, thus reinforcing a cycle of violence and impunity.

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