Mr Aderito Soares


Aderito Soares is an East Timorese human rights lawyer and Director of the Dili-based Sa'he Institute for Liberation.

While based in Indonesia, Aderito defended political prisoners and represented indigenous West Papuans seeking justice from the U.S.-based mining giant Freeport MacMoRan. Aderito has written numerous articles on international law and human rights in Indonesia and East Timor. He is on the Board of Directors of La'o Hamutuk (Walking Together), a joint East Timorese- international organization monitoring the activities of global institutions in East Timor's reconstruction process. He has considerable international experience having represented East Timor at the Vienna +5 Human Rights Conference in Ottawa in 1998 (with Jose Ramos Horta), was one of seven international judges for the Peoples’ Tribunal in Puerto Rico in November 2000, and had an internship with OMCT, a NGO focussing on Torture in Geneva for three months in 1998. He comes from Maliana District, and speaks Kemak (the local language), Tetum, English, Bahasa Indonesian and Portuguese and has a degree in Law from University of Salatiga in Central Java.