180,000 people in Timor-Leste were killed during the Indonesian occupation

As many as 180,000 people in Timor-Leste were killed during the Indonesian occupation from 1975 to 1999. 


"Maybe some people can let it go but I can't," says Pedro Damaeao, 48-year-old, who lives in the coastal district capital of Manatutu. "There needs to be some form of justice." 


More than a decade after Timor-Leste achieved independence from its much more powerful neighbour, accountability for the mass crimes of Indonesia remains contentious. Timor-Leste was colonized by Portugal for centuries and then occupied by Indonesia before it achieved independence in 1999 and, after a period of UN administration, self-rule in 2002. 



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