18 August 2017

Commemoration of the 42nd Anniversary of FALINTIL



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

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste

Dili, August 18th, 2017

Commemoration of the 42nd Anniversary of FALINTIL

The 20th of August 2017 will mark the 42nd Anniversary of the formation of FALINTIL, the Armed Forces for the National Liberation of Timor-Leste.

The Government expresses its deep respect and gratitude to FALINTIL and honors all National Liberation Combatants, whose courage and sacrifice during our 24 years of struggle lead to a free and independent Timor-Leste.

A series of events have been organized in the lead up to FALINTIL Day. Between the 7th and the 18th of August a sporting competition, the FALINTIL Cup, was conducted at the Futsal Field at Fatuhada with games played between Government Ministries. On the Saturday the 19th of August a special Mass in Honor of the National Heroes will be held in the Church of Santo Antonio [Motael], followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Cemetery of the Heroes in Metinaro.

On Sunday the 20th of August the central event to honor the anniversary of FALINTIL takes place at the F-FDTL Headquarters in Fatuhada. Visiting guests will include high ranking military representatives from Portugal and Australia, and military personnel, veterans and diplomats from around the world.

The official program involves a Flag Raising Ceremony, military parades, and the conferring of promotions and awards.  Speeches will be delivered by the President of the Republic and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, H.E. Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, and by the General Chief of Staff of the Defense Force, Major-General Lere Anan Timur.

This ceremony will finish with a presentation to students who have participated in a march from Ainaro to Dili in honor of the 42nd Anniversary, followed by a musical performance and military demonstration.

Spokesperson for the Sixth Constitutional Government, Minister of State Agio Pereira noted “in these next days we remember FALINTIL and all those who served within her ranks. Today the sun rises and sets over a peaceful and free Timor-Leste because of their sacrifice and courage. We honor them. It is in the spirit of FALINTIL that we know what it is to love and serve and inspired by their dignity and determination, we press on, working together to build our Nation.”ENDS

17 August 2017

The Concealed War The Forgotten History of East Timor, Taylor



Highly recommended by ETLJB. I only have the Indonesian version.

If you see the English version and want to gain insight into the genocide perpetrated by the Indonesian State 1975-1999 in now independent East Timor, read it.

During this horrifying chapter in East Timor's history, up to 160,000 citizens died; proportionately one of the most violent and vilest genocides of the 20th century.

No one has ever been punished for the atrocious crimes against humanity, widespread human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings, torture, rape, massacres of the innocents, a long and bitter war between the East Timorese resistance to foreign domination fought for 24 years without a glance by the world except the Lusophone states; UN Resolutions treated with contempt, military support to the Indonesians militarily; mainly by the United States and Australia, at least.

But the resistance also had allies in Australia with freedom radio broadcasts from the Northern Territory into East Timorese/Indonesian air space and providing a valuable link to the outside world. And support grew from dissidents within Australia.

Even the catastrophe of the Santa Cruz cemetery massacre in 1991 did not move the world's heart and conscience. Indonesian Soeharto's Orde Baru ran amok in East Timor in classical Javanese style; but the elite did it through their military and sought to put a permanent cloak of secrecy upon the territory.

Upon their final defeat and Habibi's decision to allow a vote on separation from Indonesia, the East Timorese state rose to its rightful place in the community of nations, formally, in 2002.

 The legacy of the Indonesian invasion on 7 December 1975 and the following subjugation of the population and the infliction of savage genocidal policies, military rule, all left a traumatised and grieving community; probably not one member of whom was not tragically impacted by the occupation and genocide.

As Australians, we owe an historical debt of honour to the East Timorese. Quick to recognise who was on a just quest and the Japanese imperialism and slaughters, the East Timorese risked their own lives and their families to help our military evade the Japanese in World War II.

But still today, our government refuses the settle the maritime boundary with East Timor in the Timor Sea in a fair, equitable and just way; by complying with Australia's international obligations and participate in an equidistant treaty without further delay. Our country thereby robs the poor of their sovereign resources.

The oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea that lawfully belong to the East Timorese people are being profited from, are being misappropriated by the Australian government and the energy cartels. And we all benefit from that moral stench.

Raise your voice against this injustice and demand your political representatives to agitate this issue. Obrigadu. WLW




14 August 2017

East Timor Government expresses condolences after tragic accident kills Director General at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and 2 Foreigners



Minister of State and of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste Dili, August 14th, 2017

Government expresses condolences after tragic accident

It was with deep regret the Government received news of the passing of Aquilino Santos Caeiro, Daniel J. Groshong and Ruth Klaasje after a tragic road accident on Saturday.

On behalf of the Government, Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo offered his deep condolences to their families, friends and colleagues at this time of great loss.

Each of these people were devoted in their service to Timor-Leste and made important contributions to the Nation.

Aquilino Santos Caeiro, a son of Timor-Leste, was Director General at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Daniel J. Groshong, a native of Oregon, USA, was a veteran journalist, professional photographer and founder of the Hummingfish Foundation. Ruth Klaasje, a native of the Netherlands, was a writer, learning specialist and language trainer.

Spokesperson, Minister of State Agio Pereira, noted “these wonderfully compassionate people each served Timor-Leste with such energy and kindness. At this time of loss we declare our solidarity with their families, friends and colleagues and pay tribute to the legacy of their service, a legacy that will endure for generations.”ENDS

05 August 2017

East Timor PM says state is 'ready' to become ASEAN member: Mainichi interview



East Timor -- The prime minister of East Timor, Rui Maria de Araujo, said the country is "ready to become a member," with regard to the state's aim to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in a recent interview with the Mainichi Shimbun.

Furthermore, as the prime minister reflected on the state's recent history including provisional rule under the United Nations and independence from Indonesia in 2002, he commented, "(With regard to) human rights, peace, democracy and so on... these are the things we can bring (to) the table to share our experience with other countries" -- emphasizing that despite its small size, East Timor is able to contribute to ASEAN.

However, as ASEAN marks its 50th anniversary this year, it is uncertain whether all 10 member nations will recognize East Timor's accession to the association. Full story here: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170803/p2a/00m/0na/010000c

04 August 2017

JSMP Sumáriu kazu Tribunál Distritál Dili Edisaun Maiu 2017



JUDICIAL SYSTEM MONITORING PROGRAMME
PROGRAMA MONITORIZASAUN SISTEMA JUDISIÁRIU

Sumáriu kazu Tribunál Distritál Dili Edisaun Maiu  2017

Totál kazu ne’ebé sei kontinua prosesu tuir JSMP nia monitorizasaun: 6

Deskripsaun sumáriu ba desizaun kazu sira ne’ebé JSMP monitoriza:

1.     Krime ofensa ba integridade fízika simples ho natureza violénsia doméstika

Nú. Prosesu                             : 0266/16.PDDIL  
Kompozisaun Tribunál            : Singulár
Juis                                          : Dra. Jumiaty Maria Freitas
Prokuradór                              : Dr. Nelson de Carvalho
Defeza                                     : Dr. Cancio Xavier
Tipu  pena                               : Pena prizaun fulan 8 suspende ba tinan 2 fulan 6

Iha 02 Maiu 2017, Tribunál Distritál Dili prezide julgamentu leitura sentensa ba krime ofensa ba integridade fízika simples  ne’ebé envolve arguidu  RMM hasoru nia feen, iha Distritu  Dili.

Akuzasaun hosi Prokuradór
Prokuradór akuza katak, iha 22 Agostu 2016, iha tuku 23:30 kalan, arguidu ko’a hela keramik atu nahe iha kurtu laran.  Derepente arguidu nia telefone lian no lezada mak foti telefone no feto ida mak telefone no husu kona-ba arguidu. Maibé lezada hatan katak hau la hatene no taka kedas telefone. Depois feto ne’e kontinua telefone fali no arguidu ninia-primu ida mak simu. Liutiha ida-ne’e, arguidu dehan ba lezada katak “se hau hakarak hola tan feto mós o labele mete hau-nia vida” no arguidu mós tuku kedas dala 1 iha lezada nia kabas, lori sepatu baku dala 1 iha lezada ninia kabas sorin loos, no tuku tan dala 1 iha lezada nia liman parte loos.

Prokuradór akuza arguidu kontra artigu 145 Kódigu Penál kona-ba krime ofensa ba integridade fízika simples ho nia moldura penal too tinan 3 ka multa no konjuga ho artigu 2, 3 letra (a) no artigu 35 letra (b) LKVD.

Prodúsaun ba prova
Iha julgamentu arguidu konfesa faktus hotu iha akuzasaun, deklara katak arrepende ona ninia hahalok no promete sei la kometa tan krime hanesan hasoru lezada iha futuru. Lezada mós mantein no konfirma faktus hotu iha akuzasaun, no deklara katak durante moris hamutuk arguidu sempre baku lezada. Lezada husu bebeik ona atu separa ho arguidu, maibé arguidu mak lakohi.

Alegasaun finál
Prokuradór konsidera arguidu komete duni krime tuir faktus iha akuzasaun, tanba ne’e husu ba Tribunál atu kondena arguidu tuir krime ne’ebé arguidu komete.

30 July 2017

East Timor Government supports Next Generation Democracy Roundtable



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

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste

 Dili, July 30th, 2017

Government supports Next Generation Democracy Roundtable

The Sixth Constitutional Government is pleased to be supporting the Next Generation Democracy Roundtable taking place in Dili on the 30th and 31st of July. The roundtable, organized by the World Leadership Alliance ‘Club de Madrid’, will bring together senior leaders and stakeholders to discuss “Shaping a Next Generation Democracy Agenda for Asia and Oceania”.

Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo will be participating in the closing panel discussion on Sunday afternoon which considers “The Future of Democracy in Asia and Oceania: What is at stake for youth in the region”. The President of the Republic, H.E. Francisco Guterres Lú Olo welcomed participants on the 29th of July and Club de Madrid member, former President H.E. Dr. José Ramos-Horta, will be involved throughout the event.

Notable visitors expected to attend include the Club de Madrid members H.E. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono [President of Indonesia 2004-2014], H.E. Jennifer Mary Shipley [Prime Minister of New Zealand 1997-1999] and H.E. Jigmi Yoser Thinley [Prime Minister of Bhutan 2008-2013]. H.E. Madhav K. Nepal [Prime Minister of Nepal 2009-2011] is also anticipated to participate along with a wide array of regional experts from international organizations, government, NGOs, Civil Society, academia, youth, the diplomatic corps and more.

The Club de Madrid said that the roundtable would discuss “existing good practices and transformative new ideas to advance democracy in the different sub regions of the Asia-Oceania region.”

The Democracy Index 2016, published earlier this year ranked Timor-Leste as the top country in South East Asia based on a consideration of electoral process and pluralism, the functioning of the Government, political participation, political culture and civil liberties.

Spokesperson, Minister of State Agio Pereira, said “we welcome many distinguished guests who will visit our shores to participate in the Next Generation Democracy Roundtable. It is completely fitting that the delegates are coming to Timor-Leste just after we have conducted our parliamentary elections in a way that has been lauded by experts around the world. We know the discussions, which will include our own experts and contributors, are going to support the advancement of democracy in our region.”ENDS

28 July 2017

East Timor National Employment Strategy 2017-2030 guides action to promote growth



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

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste

 Dili, July 28th, 2017

National Employment Strategy 2017-2030 guides action to promote growth

The National Employment Strategy [NES] 2017-2030, entitled Productive Employment shall be a central means of Nation Building and Wealth Creation, emphasizes productive employment as “the basis for improving household livelihoods and the prosperity of the country as a whole, where equal participation of men and women will be the only way of achieving inclusive economic growth and social development.”

The strategy, approved by the Council of Ministers on the 13th of June, was officially presented on the 17th of July by the by the Secretary of State for Employment Policy and Vocational Training  [SEPFOPE] with the support of the Office of the Minister of State, Coordinator for Economic Affairs and the International Labour Organisation.

The NES makes a frank analysis of the current employment environment and sets out the ‘Triple Employment Challenge’ faced by Timor-Leste: to create (1) more and better employment opportunities for the existing labour force, (2) new employment for the young people entering the labour force and (3) employment opportunities for women, whose productive capacity is under utilized.

To respond to this triple challenge the document sets out 16 strategies under 3 pillars, namely, increase labour market demand, improve labour market supply and strengthen labour market institutions.

To increase labour market demand the strategies proposed are boosting private sector generated employment, increasing employment from labour migration schemes, maximizing the employment impact of Government spending, and developing local potentials. To improve labour market supply the NES encourages continued implementation of the Timor-Leste Technical and Vocational Education and Training Plan, stronger links between the Ministry of Education and SEPFOPE, continued strengthening of training centres and higher education, improving the social protection system and inclusiveness of vulnerable groups, and promoting gender equality. Finally to strengthen labour market institutions are strategies which include strengthening labour market policies, coordination structures, labour market information systems and links between job seekers and employment opportunities, as well as the review of the labour law and wage setting mechanism.

The NES also defines a set of indicators to monitor the achievement of targets and objectives set, includes a coordination structure, summarizes the planned 5 years milestones, sets out a methodology of implementation, and outlines the structure of a NES Secretariat.

Spokesperson, Minister of State Agio Pereira, noted “the Sixth Constitutional Government throughout its mandate has vigorously pursed actions to increase the demand for labour by supporting private sector growth and by strengthening the quality of our labour supply through education, training and improved well being. There is no doubt that diversifying our economy, creating sustainable employment and encouraging private investment are crucial factors for our successful national development. The Government welcomes the NES as an important tool for the incoming VII Constitutional Government and urges its use as a guide for actions to boost employment.”ENDS
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25 July 2017

TIMFO.ORG Eyes on Oz - Global Attention on the Conciliation Outcome



July 25, 2017 Following on from Professor Michael Leach's excellent article, Timor-Leste elections suggest reframed cross-party government I have tracked down the Report of the Committee on Armed Services US House of Representatives - and yes - there on page 210 of the report, is this observation by the Committee: Full article here: http://timfo.org/new-blog-avenue/2017/7/25/eyes-on-oz-global-attention-on-the-conciliation-outcome
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