23 June 2012

Government fails to translate laws from Portuguese into Tetun

Radio Timor-Leste, June 22, 2012 language source: Tetun - Director for Fundasaun Mahein, Nelson Belo said the Government had failed in translating all the laws of the country from Portuguese into Tetun during its five-year office term.

Mr. Belo made the comments during a press conference which was held on Thursday (21/6) in Dili.

Belo said the Government should translate the laws as all the Timorese people were speaking Tetun and that was the language that was most understood.

He added that this failure had impacted the communities as they could not access information about the law which was about the security.

A researcher Joao Almeida said this was the major problem for the National Police and the Defense Force officers to better understand the laws when implementing them as they were written in Portuguese.
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