10 April 2014

East Timor Police must maintain professionalism and credibility, says PM Gusmao

ETLJB 10/04/2014 - According to the Prime Minister and Minister for Defence and Security, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, “the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) shall maintain its professionalism and credibility in order to deserve public trust”. Those words were spoken by Xanana Gusmao during the 14th anniversary of the PNTL, on March 27th, at the Command Headquarters of this institution, in Caicoli, this year under the theme “Visibility, Engagement and Professionalism”.

The Prime Minister, who is also Minister for Defence and Security, referred that this fourteenth anniversary should be an opportunity to gain more trust for the future, reminding that today the Security Forces play another mission, by contributing and ensuring that security is a benefit for the whole community, thus allowing the progress of the country.

 “There isn’t in the world a country such as Timor-Leste, which, with only 12 years of independence, can solve all the questions. There are many countries with 70, 80 or 90 years, which don’t have a vision for the future. Timor-Leste holds a plan for 20 years that allows it to design its future. A consolidated State can’t allow itself to be destabilized”, said Xanana Gusmao.

The Prime Minister and Minister for Defence and Security also stressed, "Professionalism is a determining factor for the institution. Reach out most of the people showing them your love and respect. You should continue to improve and PNTL will increasingly be a credible institution, not only in our country but also as representatives of the State. "

In his speech, the Head of State, Taur Matan Ruak, began by noting that another birthday marks another step in the determination of PNTL for the development and consolidation of the institution, demonstrating capacity to fulfil its mandate provided by the Constitution of the Democratic Republic Timor-Leste.

"Fourteen years is not long for an institution. That means that this is a relatively new institution and faces many challenges. Still, if we look at the actions practiced throughout these fourteen, we can say that during this short time we did what many countries have failed to do for many years", praised Taur Matan Ruak.

Highlighting two areas of the PNTL with regard to internal security, transit services and the role of Community Police, the President called for "continuous preparation, training and fulfilment of your duties with professionalism, dedication and affection."

The Commander General of the PNTL, Longuinhos Monteiro, also said that although the PNTL is still a young state institution, it learned to make a statement through the commitment and maturity in search of a legal standard, serving the community and the State.

"I ask all the post commanders and staff, all PNTL officers, to remain united, demonstrating our maturity and discipline. When we fulfil our duties and obligations, the reality reflects our dedication, "said Longuinhos Monteiro.

During the ceremony, commemorative medals were awarded for service distinction, special service commission and exemplary behaviour.

The President of the National Parliament, the President of the Court of Appeal, members of Government, Members of the Parliament, National Republican Guard Commanders, Public Order Battalion, representatives of Guinea-Bissau and the Commander of the Division of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia (POLRI) also attended this celebration. Source: Government of East Timor Press Release 31/04/2014 

See also East Timor Government supports police and military interventions to guarantee public order

East Timor Government supports police and military interventions to guarantee public order

ETLJB 10/04/2014 - The Council of Ministers decided in an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday, April 2, to endorse the Commands of Falintil Defence Forces of Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) and the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) in its mission to safeguard the democratic constitutional order.

The operational engagement of the Security Forces and Defence Forces was approved by the Government (Government Resolution n. 8/2014) in order to restore pubic stability in Laga, Quelicai, Baguia and Wato-Lari. This measure was taken after an armed attack to PNTL, on March 10th, in the district of Baucau, during a community policing action to control illegal groups (in compliance with the National Parliament Resolution n. ° 5/2014, of March 3rd).

Being the State, as a whole, committed to safeguarding the democratic constitutional order, the Secretary of State for Defence and the Secretary of State for Security presented at the Council of Ministers - with the support of the National Parliament and the approval of the President of the Republic - a solution of integrated intervention to address this situation, which is sensitive to the State, to the organs of sovereignty and the social peace of the population.

Given it is the Government’s responsibility to take the necessary measures to the guarantee, promotion and enjoyment of rights and fundamental freedoms of all citizens, and to ensure public order and social discipline, basic to the maintenance of constitutional normality pillars and the feeling of safety of the populations, the Council of Ministers decided to support the engagement of the F-FDTL and PNTL to prevent any outbreaks of unrest. Source: Government of East Timor Press Release 04/04/2014

See also Ex-Guerrillas Threaten Political Stability in East Timor

02 April 2014

Ex-Guerrillas Threaten Political Stability in East Timor

ETLJB 2/4/2014 Extract from From Global Voice Online - Anxiety has plagued East Timor in recent weeks after national police moved in on two groups led by ex-freedom fighters accused of fomenting political instability.

On March 3, 2014, the Timorese parliament unanimously approved a measure that authorised the national police to put an end to the activities of the Maubere Revolutionary Council (KRM) and the Popular Democratic Council of the People's Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, commonly known as CPD-RDTL or CPD.

KRM members had been spotted marching in uniforms with military symbols on a football pitch in Laga in the Baucau District in November 2013, provoking a wave of unease among Timorese and the political class. Read the full article here: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/01/ex-guerrillas-threaten-political-stability-in-east-timor/

28 March 2014

Fundasaun Mahein: Reporting Criminal Cases through Correct Legal Channels

ETLJB 28/03/2014 - From Fundasaun Mahein Press Release 24/03/2014 In Timor-Leste, victims often do not present their legal cases in accordance with the code of the penal process as written in article 49. This article establishes that only appointed institutions that have the legal right to receive such cases can do so. These institutions include the public ministry and policing authorities as well as appointed ombudsman, which have been appointed by the the Constitution Democratic of Timor-Leste.

National media reports published that victims always present cases to the National Parliament-NP or the Prime Minister (including the office of the Republic President). One reason why victims present their cases to the National Parliament is because they want to get responses quickly.  They also hope to create public debate surrounding their cases, as many such cases involve PNTL members, and the investigation process moves very slowly.

This practice has become a widespread habit. Fundasaun Mahein’s monitoring has unveiled that sometimes communities present their cases in order to get support from the National Parliament. To do so, they bring their cases to Parliamentary committees and benches of Parliament. The majority of issues presented by communities are criminal cases, often involving security authorities.

On the other hand, many communities are not aware of the procedure for the investigation process involving PNTL members involved in criminal acts. So when members of the PNTL are involved in crime, victims will present their case to organizations such as the National Parliament. In reality, victim should present these cases to the Criminal Investigation Service and Justice Department inside the PNTL.

Ironically, when communities present these cases to Parliament, the National Parliament often becomes the spokesperson for the referred cases. National Parliament should be transferring such cases to the judiciary system according to the law.

FM’s Recommendations:

Recommend to the National Parliament not to be the spokesperson for victims. When victims present their cases to Parliament, they should be referred to the Public Ministry.  In this way, community members will learn the correct process by which to report their cases (which does not involve National Parliament). The National Parliament should focus only on their duty as legislators and should respect the authority of the judiciary organ.

Recommend to the committee A of the National Parliament, Justice Ministry Ombudsman, and PNTL to take steps to educate the public about how to utilize and report cases within the judicial system.
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