The maxim of Thucydides : transparency, fact-finding, and accountability in East Timor
Investigating operational incidents in a military context : law, justice, politics
Leiden ; Boston : Brill Nijhoff, 2015
This chapter discusses the investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity under Indonesian occupation in East Timor. The author raises the issue of justice - or its absence - in cases where the alleged wrongs have been undertaken in an expeditionary operation by the stronger power and the military justice system of that power is the one responsible for conducting investigations. He reminds us that power is an essential element in some investigations, and particularly in the initial decision about whether to investigate. He examines how civil society groups have attempted to close the investigatory gap, and suggests further ways in which transparency, fact-finding and accountability might be introduced.