01 April 2017

East Timor Government congratulates PNTL on 17th Anniversary




Minister of State and of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste

 Dili, March 27th, 2017

Government congratulates PNTL on 17th Anniversary

The Government has participated in the commemoration of the 17th Anniversary of the National Police Force of Timor-Leste [PNTL] held on the 27th of March at the Police Training Centre in Comoro, Dili. The celebrations, with the theme “The Anniversary of 17 years of the PNTL guaranteeing Law, Order and Democracy in Timor-Leste” included an official Parade, the announcement of promotions, conferring of decorations and speeches by the President of the Republic and the Commander-General. A tribute was paid to former members at the PNTL Martyrs' Monument.

The Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo and the Minister of the Interior, H.E. Longuinhos Monteiro, joined the President of the Republic, the President of the National Parliament, the President of the Court of Appeal, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces and other dignitaries, to offer their congratulations to the head of the PNTL, Commander-General Júlio da Costa Hornay and all serving personnel, past and present.

The Sixth Constitutional Government has worked diligently to ensure an increasingly professional and better-equipped national police force, focused on a community-policing model. The implementation of the PNTL Strategic Plan 2014-2018 supports this “VIP” model with its core components of Visibility, Involvement in the community and Professional service, and sets out a clear pathway for the ongoing reform and development of the PNTL with allied operational improvements to maintain security, public order and peace.

During the term of this Government the Police for Scientific Criminal Investigation [PCIC] has been consolidated as a scientific law enforcement agency with training in areas such as terrorism, cybercrime, currency counterfeiting, human trafficking and document falsification. Legislation has been passed to give the PNTL and its various agencies the capacity to respond to emerging transnational threats posed in a more globalized world.

The increased maturity and capacity of the PNTL has not gone unnoticed by observers and academic commentators reporting on the conduct of the recent Presidential elections.

Spokesperson for the Government, Minister of State Agio Pereira, said “the Government congratulates the PNTL on its 17th anniversary. We are proud of the expanding capacity and professionalization of our National Police Force and salute all its men and women who are committed to uphold law and order and serve the Nation.” ENDS etljb

East Timor Council of Ministers Meeting of 28 March 2017




Council of Ministers’ meeting of March 28th, 2017

Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Sixth Constitutional Government

Dili, March 28th, 2017

Press Release

Council of Ministers meeting of March 28th, 2017

The Council of Ministers met on Tuesday at the Government Palace in Dili, and heard from the Ministry of Finance regarding the process of formalising the application process to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. On March 23rd, this international institution announced the acceptance of Timor-Leste as a Prospective Member, and informed the Government on the procedures to complete the membership. The Ministry of Finance will now gather the necessary information, in order to submit it to the Council of Ministers, together with the proposed Resolution for membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, to be sent to the National Parliament for consideration and vote.

Also from the Ministry of Finance, three proposals were approved: the amendment to the loan agreement for financing of the Manatuto-Baucau road project, to decrease the risk of exchange rate fluctuation; the renewal of the contract with the company FreeBalance, to provide services in the area of financial information systems; and the Policy on the Management of Foreign Aid Effectiveness, which has as main objective to ensure that the assistance from the development partners is used in compliance with the plan and priorities of the Government.

A contribution to the Security Council Report, an independent international organization whose mission is to promote the transparency and effectiveness of the activities of the United Nations Security Council, proposed by the Prime Minister, was approved.

Two proposals from the Ministry of Justice were adopted: the first amendment to the Organic Structure of the Technical and Administrative Services of the General Prosecutor’s Office, which provides for the reorganization of some services and the creation and elevation of the category of others, both indispensable to the attainment of the objectives of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic; and the updating of the permanent staff of the Technical and Administrative Services of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic.

The legal regime for the protection and conservation of biodiversity, presented by the Office of the Minister of State, Coordinator of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment, was approved. It establishes the principles and rules applicable to the protection and conservation of nature, especially setting standards for the protection of protected species and for the control of exotic species.

The Council of Ministers approved the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the National Commission for Combating HIV/AIDS of Timor-Leste and the National Commission for Combating HIV/AIDS of Indonesia. This agreement aims to promote the participation of the communities in both countries in the HIV/AIDS prevention programme.

Inês Maria de Almeida and Francisco Dionísio Fernandes were appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Centre “Enough” (in Portuguese: “Chega”), from Memory to Hope (Public Institute that promotes solidarity with the most vulnerable survivors of human rights violations).  Inês Maria de Almeida will occupy the position of President.

The Government approved the signing of the Cooperation Protocol between the Ministry of State Administration of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Portugal for the safeguarding and dissemination of archival heritage. This agreement covers the transfer of knowledge, training and scanning of documents relating to the common history, among others; moreover, it pursues the objectives of the CPLP – Community of Portuguese Language Speaking Countries, which provides for the recovery of the historical heritage of its Member States and the creation of mechanisms to facilitate the preservation and dissemination of this common heritage. It should be noted that the National Archives of Timor-Leste, managed by the General-Directorate for National Archives from the Ministry of State Administration, and the National Archives of Torre do Tombo, in Portugal, have documentary heritage which can help to stimulate the exchange of common interest information that exists in these two archives and which are an integral part of the common memory of both countries.

The draft Public Water Supply and Water Resource Management Policies, presented by the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications were analysed. The other ministries made suggestions and comments for incorporation into the texts, which will be presented at a future meeting of the Council of Ministers. ENDS etljb

26 March 2017

JSMP Sumáriu Kazu Tribunál Distritál Dili Periódu Janeiru 2017



Afirmasaun: Sumáriu Kazu tuir mai ne’e deskreve faktu sira no prosesu iha Tribunál tuir JSMP nia monitorizasaun independente, no deklarasaun ne’ebé parte sira fó iha Tribunál nia laran. Informasaun ne’e la reprezenta JSMP nia hanoin hanesan instituisaun ida.

JSMP kondena maka’as forma violénsia hotu-hotu, liuliu hasoru feto no ema vulneravel. JSMP afirma laiha justifikasaun ba violénsia hasoru feto.

1.     Krime explorasaun ba jogu ilísitu


Nú. Prosesu                             : 0426/15.DCMR

Kompozisaun Tribunál            : Singulár

Juis                                          : Dr. Eusebio Xavier Vitor

Ministériu Públiku                   : Dra. Remigia de Fatima da Silva

Defeza                                     : Dr. João Hendrique de Carvalho

Tipu Pena                                : Pena multa US$180.00 (arguidu AS) no US$90.00 (arguidu JN)

Iha 11 Janeiru 2017, Tribunál Distritál Dili prezide leitura sentensa ba krime explorasaun ba jogu ilísitu ne’ebé envolve arguidu AS no JN hasoru Estadu, iha Distritu Dili.

Akuzasaun husi Ministériu Públiku

Ministériu Públiku akuza katak iha 08 Jullu 2015, iha area Bairo-Pite, arguidu AS nu’udar nain ba meza bola guling no arguidu JN nu’udar ajudante ba jogu ne’e, loke jogu bola guling ne’ebé laiha lisensa. Tanba ne’e Polísia kaptura arguidu na’in rua no prende osan hamutuk US$116.00, meza bola guling 1 no bola duir hamutuk 5.

Ministériu Públiku akuza arguidu sira kontra artigu 322 KP kona-ba explorasaun ba jogu ilísitu ho moldura penál to’o tinan 3 ka multa.

Produsaun ba provas

Iha julgamentu arguidu nain rua deklara katak faktus hotu ne’ebé konsta iha akuzasaun Ministériu Públiku ne’e loos hotu. Aleinde ne’e, arguidu nain rua mós deklara katak sira arrepende ona sira ninia hahalok ne’e.

Tanba arguidu nain rua konfesa integralmente ba faktus hotu, Ministériu Públiku presinde depoimentus husi testemuña nain rua ne’ebé Ministériu Públiku arola ona.

Alegasaun finál

Ministériu Públiku konsidera arguidu sira komete duni krime tuir faktus iha akuzasaun. Tanba ne’e depoisde avalia sirkunstánsia hotu ne’ebé asosiadu iha krime ne’e, Ministériu Públiku husu ba Tribunál atu aplika pena multa ba arguidu nain rua. Ba arguidu AS, Ministériu Públiku husu atu aplika multa US$180.00 ne’ebé kada loron arguidu sei selu US$1.00 durante loron 180. Entretantu ba arguidu JN, Ministériu Públiku husu ba Tribunál atu aplika pena multa US$120.00 ne’ebé arguidu sei selu US$1.00 kada loron durante loron 120.

Entretantu kona-ba sasan ne’ebé konsidera nu’udar objetu ba krime hanesan osan US$116.00, Ministériu Públiku husu ba Tribunál atu entrega ba Estadu. Maibé sasan seluk hanesan meza bola guling no bola duir 5, Tribunál deside atu halo destruisaun.

Aleinde ne’e, Defeza mós husu ba Tribunál atu aplika pena multa ne’ebé kmaan tanba aleinde arguidu sira konfesa integralmente ba sira ninia hahalok no arrepende ona maibé arguidu sira mós iha responsabilidade ba família. Arguidu AS iha oan hamutuk nain 8 no servisu hanesan negosiante ki’ik. Nune’e mós ho arguidu JN iha oan hamutuk 4 no servisu hanesan seguransa sivíl.

Desizaun

07 March 2017

Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (East Timor) to the United States of America in Washington, D.C.



Welcome to the official website of the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (East Timor) to the United States of America in Washington, D.C.

On May 20, 2002, after 25 years of Indonesian occupation and four years under a United Nations protectorate government, Timor-Leste became the newest country of the 21st century and the youngest in Southeast Asia.

This website provides up-to-date information about Timor-Leste including culture, economy, travel information, investment opportunities, consular affairs and links to various official sites.

So, please enjoy surfing. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our embassy in Washington, D.C.

Sincerely yours,
Domingos Sarmento Alves
Appointed Ambassador to the U.S.

http://www.timorlesteembassy.org/

ETLJB

03 March 2017

Council of Ministers’ meeting of February 24 th, 2017



Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Sixth Constitutional Government
Dili, February 24th, 2017
Press Release
Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the 24th February 2017
The Council of Ministers met this Friday, at the Government Palace, in Díli, and the Minister of State, Coordinator of State Administration Affairs and Justice and Minister of State Administration submitted the Government Decree on technical procedures to carry out the presidential elections abroad, which are intended to guarantee the vote and vote count procedure, as well as the tabulation of the electoral results from the diaspora, for the election of the President of the Republic. The Government Decree that regulates the conduct of electoral observation, carried out by individuals representing national or international organisations, was also approved.
The Government Decree that regulates the organisation and functioning of the voting centres and voting stations and the Decree that regulates the conducting of voting procedures, vote counting and tabulation of results were all approved.
To guarantee the fulfilment of electoral justice, the Government approved the Decree on the execution of monitoring of the electoral process, as well as on the activities for journalistic coverage of the electoral process. To support the right to vote for all citizens, the Government approved the Decree on the voting process in hospitals and prison establishments.
Lastly, the Council of Ministers approved the Government Decree on the presence of the PNTL Forces at the voting centres, as an exception, to provide for the safety of all that participate in the electoral process. ETLJB

26 February 2017

Government works to ensure East Timor presidential elections preparation ‘on track’



Government works to ensure elections preparation ‘on track’

Minister of State and of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste

 Dili, February 20th, 2017

Government works to ensure elections preparation ‘on track’

The Government, through the work of the National Electoral Commission [CNE], the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration [STAE], the Ministry of State Administration and the Ministry of the Interior are making all necessary preparations for the upcoming Presidential election to be held on the 20th of March 2017.

On the 15th of February the candidates for the Presidential election, validated by the Court of Appeals, were announced by the STAE. All eight applicants for candidacy were found to be eligible. The candidates are: Amorim Vieira, António da Conceição, António Maher Lopes, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, José António de Jesus Neves, José Luís Guterres, Luís Alves Tilman e Maria Ângela Freitas da Silva.

Timor-Leste is well regarded for our electoral processes and pluralism and in the recently published 2016 Democracy Index was ranked 1st in South East Asia, 5th in Asia and 43rd of all states assessed. The recent local elections held throughout the country in October and November last year were calm and orderly.

As in the past, international election observers will be present during the election period this year. A team from the European Union will be led by Chief Observer, Ms. Bilbao Barindica who said that she was “honored to lead the EU Electoral Observation Mission to Timor-Leste” and that she trusted that “all stakeholders will contribute to ensure that the upcoming elections will further consolidate the country's track record for well-run, credible and peaceful elections."

Security plans for the electoral period are being coordinated in line with the Strategic Concept for Defence and Security approved last year by the Government after a being developed through a broad consultation with stakeholders to achieve consensus. This high-level policy document articulates the Strategic Objectives of Defence and National Security, including ensuring “the freedom and security of people to exercise their fundamental rights and freedoms, public peace, protection of their property and national heritage”.

Spokesperson, Minister of State Agio Pereira, noted “election preparations are on track and we are confident that this year our country’s reputation for holding free, fair and well organized elections in an atmosphere of peace and calm will be further enhanced.”ENDS etljb

East Timor Government declares Ash Wednesday a public holiday



Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Sixth Constitutional Government

Dili, February 23rd, 2017

Press Release

Day Off on March 1st, 2017

The Government has decided to grant a day off on March 1st – Ash Wednesday on the catholic calendar – to all employees and agents of the ministries or their dependent services, as well as the institutes and integrated indirect State administration bodies.

Ash Wednesday is of great importance to the Christian community, for being the first day of Lent in the calendar of the catholic religion; occurring 40 days before Easter.

This decision is based on Law no. 10/2005, of August 10th, which determines the days which are national holidays and official commemorative dates, and those days that are not a holiday, but for which a day off can be granted. ENDS etljb

Prime Minister of East Timor makes official visit to New Zealand



Prime Minister makes official visit to New Zealand

Minister of State and of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste

 Dili, February 24th, 2017

Prime Minister makes official visit to New Zealand

The Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo, is undertaking an official visit to New Zealand, leaving Díli on the 25th of February and returning on the 4th of March. The visit is being conducted in response to an invitation from the Government of New Zealand and will see the Timor-Leste delegation, including the Prime Minister’s wife, Dr. Teresa Madeira Soares, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, H.E. Hernâni Coelho, the Minister of the Interior, H.E. Longuinhos Monteiro, and the Second Commander General of the National Police Force of Timor-Leste, Faustino da Costa, visiting the cities of Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin.

During this visit Prime Minister Araújo will engage in bilateral discussions with the Prime Minister of New Zealand The Rt. Hon. Bill English MP. A business dinner will be held in Auckland to update participants on national development and encourage New Zealand companies to pursue opportunities in Timor-Leste. The delegation will interact with organizations having expertise that may help Timor-Leste’s transition to a more diversified economy, including the Shaw Dairy Farm based in Auckland and the Royal Albatross Centre on the Otago Peninsula, a successful model for eco-tourism. A visit will be conducted to the New Zealand Police College in Wellington to honor the enduring contribution made by the Police of New Zealand to Timor-Leste’s national development. Visits to the Auckland University of Technology and the University of Otago in Dunedin will give an opportunity to observe these institutions of higher education and meet with the Timorese students enrolled in them.

New Zealand made significant defence and security contributions around the time of Timor-Leste’s Restoration of Independence and the ongoing relationship has since transitioned to focus on economic development with aspects such as private sector development, education and training, and security and justice. New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister, The Hon. Murray McCully MP, visited Timor-Leste in 2012 and 2014 and the Embassy of Timor-Leste in New Zealand, based in the city of Wellington, was opened in 2014.

Spokesperson, Minister of State Agio Pereira, noted “Timor-Leste welcomes the opportunity to encourage business partnership and to meet with New Zealand experts in areas that are important to the economic diversification of Timor-Leste. This trip by the Prime Minister will strengthen the warm relationship already enjoyed by Timor-Leste and New Zealand and build on our history of friendship and cooperation.”ENDS etljb

24 February 2017

The struggle in Iliomar : resistance in rural East Timor / Ernest Chamberlain



Read an extract here :https://timorarchives.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/1983-ceasefire_2013-extract.pdf

Chamberlain, Ernest, 1944-

Description Point Lonsdale, Vic. : E. Chamberlain, 2008
1 v. (various pagings) : ill., maps, ports. ; 29 cm.

ISBN 9780980562309

Previous English language eds.: 2003, 2004.MIndonesian language ed.: 2004.

Includes material on FALINTIL personalities, organisation and operations. As well asIliomar, this monograph also covers Resistance activities more broadly across East Timor opposing the Indonesian occupation.

Includes bibliographical references.

Subjects Forças Armadas da Libertação Nacional de Timor-Leste.  |  Iliomar (Timor-Leste) -- Politics and government -- 20th century.  |  Iliomar (Timor-Leste) -- History -- Autonomy and independence movements.
Available From E. Chamberlain, 1 Watermans Court Point Lonsdale VIC 3225

General Information available here: http://www.etwa.org.au/about/timor-leste/

11 February 2017

Petition to the Australian House of Representatives on the maritime border with East Timor



The NSW Timor Sea Justice Forum has initiated a formal paper petition to the House of Representatives. (see links at foot of post)

A group has formed as the NSW Petition Group for organisation purposes. Thanks to the 12 people who agreed to do this. A good, strong, workable group.

It is intended to be printed on one sheet, back and front. The back shows a map and describes the issue as simply as possible. Download it here.

The petition as it stands can’t be signed online, but must be printed and then signed, with the paper itself being returned/posted to me.

However, it will go online in June on the Petitions Committee website, but can only be there for four weeks.

The timing is such that the online signatures can then be combined with the paper ones and will be presented together. That was the advice I received.

There will be plenty of notice about this.

As a paper petition, this is designed to pick up some of those who do not, will not, or cannot access online petitions.

There is no age limit on who can sign, and addresses are not required.

You are encouraged to send it out widely.

The Parliamentary Petitions Committee has given advice about this petition.  Here is the link to the Committee if you would like more information.

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Petitions

You can also sign the statement to the Foreign Minister on the Timor Sea Justice Campaign website in Melbourne too, as well as this formal Petition to the House.

http://www.timorseajustice.com/

http://timfo.org/new-blog-avenue/2017/2/10/petition-for-parliament

Thanks to Sr. Susan Connelly
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