HC Deb 31 March 1994 vol 240 cc1014-5W
Mrs. Bridget Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what monitoring of human rights the British Government carry out in East Timor; how many political prisoners are currently held in East Timor; and how many people have been killed in East Timor since the start of the Indonesian occupation.

Mr. Goodlad

Her Majesty's embassy staff in Jakarta visit East Timor. So, too, do numerous non-governmental organisations, human rights groups and other western diplomats with whom we keep in close touch. There is no agreed definition of a "political prisoner". Nor is there any reliable source of information about the number of people killed in East Timor.