Impunity in Timor-Leste: Can the Serious Crimes Investigation Team Make a Difference?

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In August 2006 the United Nations Security Council mandated the establishment of the Serious Crimes Investigation Team (SCIT) as an extension of the previous “serious crimes” process, under the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT). Early in 2008, the team began assisting the country’s Office of the Prosecutor General (OPG) with investigations into outstanding cases of serious human rights violations committed in 1999.