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20 August 2015

Commemoration of 40 years of FALINTIL

ETLJB 20/8/2015 Media Release from the VI Constitutional Government Dili, 19 August, 2015 - Celebrations are taking place this week that will culminate in special events on Thursday the 20th of August when the Nation observes FALINTIL Day, this year commemorating 40 years since the formation of the Armed Forces for the National Liberation of Timor-Leste.

Timor-Leste’s resistance army fought for 24 years in the difficult struggle for freedom, a small and illequipped army without any external military support, against a giant and its allies. With great courage and against all odds FALINTIL soldiers maintained a persistent guerrilla campaign until the people of Timor-Leste were able to vote in the 1999 referendum on independence.

Reflecting on FALINTIL’s impact, last year former Commander H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao noted “the sun rises every day over a free Timor-Leste because of the sacrifices of the combatants of national liberation and the martyrs that fell to make possible our dream of independence. We must never lose sight of this history and we must continue to honour their sacrifice and achievement.”

In the lead up to Thursday events have included a series of sporting events, memorial walks, night vigils and a ceremony remembering the “Declaration of Armed Insurgency”. This morning a conference on FALINTIL will be held at the Dili Convention Centre and in the afternoon a memorial Mass will be celebrated at 4:00pm at the Dili Cathedral.

The principal ceremony on FALINTIL Day will take place at Tasi Tolu beginning with a military parade at 8:30am. Eminent dignitaries of Timor-Leste will be joined by international guests including Australian veterans and officials along with representatives of veterans from g7+ countries including South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau. Australian veterans have been invited in the context of an ongoing relationship of friendship and solidarity that has been examining ways to support veterans and memorialize the struggle and sacrifice of the people.

The President of the Republic, H.E. Taur Matan Ruak will speak at the ceremony in Tasi Tolu where there will be events marking the decoration, promotion and retirement of F-FDTL cadre, the presentation of commemorative plaques and a symbolic presentation of Special Identification Cards to Veterans involved for between 15 and 24 years of the struggle. Former Commander in Chief, H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, will be awarded the highest medal of Timor-Leste, the Order of the Guerrilla.

On Friday morning a final event will occur at the Archive and Museum of the Timorese Resistance when a ground breaking ceremony will be undertaken for the “Eternal Flame”, a memorial being developed as a poignant focal point honoring those lost in the struggle.

Spokesperson for the Sixth Constitutional Government, Minister of State Agio Pereira noted “we are forever grateful for the sacrifices and achievements of those that have gone before us. On FALINTIL day we look back to remember, to honor and to pay our respects. Then we look forward, more inspired to serve our country, to walk with dignity and work toward a peaceful and prosperous Timor-Leste, always conscious of what those who lost their lives for our freedom expect from us.” ENDS

17 August 2015

Members of Village Councils in Oecusse Municipality received training from JSMP on access to justice and women’s rights

ETLJB 17/8/2015 JSMP Press Release Oe-Cusse District 12 August 2015 -  Between 27 July and 07 August 2015 the Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP) conducted training for 47 participants, comprising 16 women and 31 men. The participants included village chiefs, sub-village chiefs, village elders, women’s representatives and representatives of the village administration support staff from the Sub-Districts of Pante Makassar, Nitibe, Pasabe and Oesilo.

The training in Costa Village started on 27 July 2015, and involved 16 members of village councils from the Villages of Lalisuk, Bobocase, Cunha, Naimeco, Costa, Lifau and Taiboco, comprising 6 women and 10 men. Meanwhile the representatives of Nipani Village were not present because they were attending other activities.

When opening the training the Sub-District Pante Makasar Representative, Gonzalo Eko, stated that this training for members of the village councils is really important because it can raise their awareness about the law. He added that this training can also help the members of the village councils to resolve problems in the community.

The training in Usitako Village, Nitibe Sub-District, started on 31 July 2015 and involved 16 members of village councils from the Villages of Ban-Afi, Lela-Ufe, Bene-Ufe, Suni-Ufe and Usitaco, comprising 3 women and 13 men. In this training the Village Chief organizer Julio Cael who was representing the Nitibe Sub-District Representative, thanked JSMP, Belun and International Counterparts for conducting the training in their village.

The training took place in Bobometo Village, Oesilu Sub-District on 05 August 2015 and also involved members of the village councils from Passabe Sub-District. The participants came from the Villages of Bobometo, Usi-Tasae, Usi-Taqueno and Malelat. Members of the village council from Abani Village did not take part in this training. 13 participants attended the training, comprising 8 males and 7 females.

The Village Chief organiser, who was representing the Oesilu Sub-District Representative, in the opening session of the training thanked JSMP and the other stakeholders who provided support for this program which is aimed at raising the understanding of members of the village councils about the law.

This training discussed human rights and the right to equality. The participants questioned the right to subsidies, slander (accusations about using magic), abandoned wives and children, the responsibility to provide alimony, inheritance, customary practices that benefit sons or the stronger recognition given to the rights of sons in the community.

The village elders admitted that the customs in the Villages of Nipani, Bobocase, Naimeco and Taiboco Pante Makasar Sub-District have always recognized the equal status of sons and daughters in the family. Therefore, even though they marry and move away, their parents still give land to daughters, which acknowledges their rights. The village elders from the Villages of Lalisuk, Cunha, Lifau and Costa testified that their customary marriage traditions pass on land inheritance rights to their daughters.

In addition, the participants also raised the issue of those women who are impregnated and then the fathers refused to acknowledge their children, so they requested for the government to set up a DNA test laboratory to ensure the recognition of children’s rights to alimony.

All of the questions and concerns that were raised in each training session were responded to in accordance with the training modules that had been previously prepared on women’s rights and the applicable law in Timor-Leste.

This training was carried out with the support of the BELUN Coordinators in the Municipalities of Liquica, Ermera and Oecusse. BELUN will continue to assist with the coordination of the next training sessions in Covalima and Baucau.

Previously, similar training was carried out in Liquica and Ermera and training is planned for Suai at the end of August 2015.

14 August 2015

H.E. Antonio da Conceicao sworn in as the Minister of State, Coordinator of Social Affairs and Minister of Education

ETLJB 14/8/2015 From the Government of East Timor Press Release of 10 August 2015 - Dili, Timor-Leste: H.E. Antonio da Conceicao sworn in as the Minister of State, Coordinator of Social
Affairs and Minister of Education.

Today the President of the Republic has sworn in H.E. Antonio da Conceicao to the post of Minister of State, Coordinator of Social Affairs and Minister of Education.

This post was held by national hero, H.E. Fernando La Sama de Araujo at the time of his passing earlier this year on the 2nd of June. His unexpected passing was a great loss for the Timorese people.

H.E. Antonio da Conceicao is an experienced Minister having held the role of Minister of Commerce,
Industry and Environment in the Fifth and Sixth Constitutional Governments beginning in 2012.

The Vice Minister of Commerce, Industry and Environment, H.E. Constancio da Conceicao Pinto has been elevated to the position of Minister and Filipus Nino Pereira has been appointed as Vice Minister of Commerce, Industry and Environment.

All three men were sworn into their roles this morning by the President of the Republic, H.E. Taur Matan Ruak at a ceremony conducted at the Presidential Palace. Last week the President indicated his acceptance of the proposal of Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araujo to make these appointments to respond to the vacancy created in the Government structure after the passing of H.E. Fernando La Sama de Araujo. 

Summary of the trial process at the Oecusse District Court May 2015

ETLJB 14/8/2015 JSMP Case Summary Oe-Cusse District Court May 2015 

Introduction

In May 2015 JSMP continued to monitor trials at the Oecusse District Court. This edition summarizes 33 of the 42 cases tried by the Oecusse District Court. JSMP was not able to monitor all of the cases because of other institutional commitments.

These 33 cases comprised 19 cases of simple offences against physical integrity characterized as domestic violence, 1 case of aggravated attempted murder characterized as domestic violence, 1 case of sexual abuse of a minor, 1 case of mistreatment of a spouse, 1 case of making threats and simple offences against physical integrity, 4 cases of simple offences against physical integrity, 5 cases of driving without a license and 1 case of property damage.

From these 33 cases, 30 have been resolved and 3 other cases are ongoing.

The information below outlines the cases observed:

1.            Crime of sexual abuse of a minor -  Case No. 16/krime/2015/TDO[1]

Composition of judges         : Panel
Judges                                  : João Ribeiro, Jumiaty Freitas and Fransisca Cabral
Public prosecutor                 : Ambrosio Rangel Freitas
Public Defender                   : Afonso Gomes Fatima
Conclusion                           : Sentenced to 20 years in prison

On 7 May 2015 the Oecusse District Court sentenced the defendant in a case of incest to 20 years in prison after he was found guilty of committing the crime against his step-daughter who was aged 13 when the incidents occurred in 2013 and 2014 in Oecusse District.

The court found that the defendant committed sexual abuse against the victim in 2010, 2013 and 2014. These acts caused the victim to become pregnant and she gave birth.

Based on the evidence the court sentenced the defendant to 9 years in prison for the first count and 7 years for the other counts. In the end, the court accumulated the penalty and sentenced the defendant to 20 years in prison.

2.      Crime of mistreatment of a spouse -  Case No. 15/krime/2015/TDO

Composition of judges         : Panel
Judges                                  : João Ribeiro, Jumiaty Freitas and Fransisca Cabral
Public prosecutor                 : Ambrosio Rangel Freitas
Public Defender                   : Calisto Tout
Conclusion                           : Sentenced to 3 years in prison, suspended for 4 years.

On 7 May 2015 the Oecusse District Court conducted a hearing to announce its decision and sentenced the defendant AN  to 3 years in prison, suspended for 4 years after he was found guilty of committing the crime of mistreatment of a spouse. The incidents occurred in 2014 and previous years in Oecusse District.

The court found that on 10 September 2014 the defendant punched the victim three times in the head, dragged her to the ground and slapped the left cheek of the victim.

The court also found that previously, on an unspecified evening in 2012, the defendant slapped the victim once on her left cheek. Then on an unspecified date around 2013 the defendant twice slapped the victim on her left cheek and then in April 2014, the defendant slapped her on the right cheek.

Based on this evidence, the court sentenced the defendant AN to 3 years in prison, suspended for 4 years.

3.Crime of making threats and simple offences against physical integrity – Case No. 46/krime/2015/TDO
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