The company also points out that ACFOA
backtracked on its original claim that Freeport was involved in the killings.
Last April, the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA) released "Trouble at Freeport," a report detailing the killing or disappearance of twenty-two civilians and fifteen alleged guerrillas in and around the mine since June 1994.
In a letter to authorities in both Irian Jaya and Jakarta prior to the recent riots, LEMASA, the Amungme tribal council, requested that a full investigation be conducted into abuses at the mine, presenting a long list of alleged atrocities, including several of those detailed in the ACFOA report.
The Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA), the coordinating body for Australian NGOs, rejected da Silva's claims, saying humanitarian organizations have saved many lives in East Timor and are not responsible for the poor living conditions there.
ACFOA Director Janet Hunt said there are "gross inequities" emerging in the territory as private companies move in to do business.
Recently received is a report from Pat Walsh, Human Rights Co-ordinator of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA
) summarising points made about post-Suharto and post-election Irian Jaya by two visiting senior representative of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) from Jayapura, in Irian Jaya, at meetings held in Melbourne.
The report was translated and published by the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA
) last August.