12 October 2012

East Timor Legal News 11 October 2012

Parliament elects eight new members of the State Security Council - Diario Nacional reported today that the National Parliament has elected 8 new members for the Superior Council for Defence and Security.

The eight members were elected through a secret poll which was held in the Parliamentary chamber yesterday.

The eight members are Jose Agustinho Somoco Sequira, Sergio de Jesus Fernandes da Costa, Vidal Riak Leman de Jesus, Delfina Fatima da Costa, Lourdes Maria Asuncao, Duarte Nunes, Bilo Mali and David Diaz Ximenes.

The Superior Council for Defence and Security is constituted pursuant to Article 148 of the Constitution as the consultative organ of the President of the Republic on matters relating to
defence and sovereignty. It is headed by the President of the Republic includes civilian and military entities. The number of civilian entities must be higher than the number of military entities.
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Police Commissioner informs Committee B of Information Service Police situation - Timor Post reported today that the Police Command had yesterday informed Parliamentary Committee B on Defence and Security about the situation regarding the Information Police Service (SIP).

After welcoming Committee B's visit to the PNTL Headquarters, PNTL Commander Commissioner Longuinhos Monteiro said the visit of Committee B was to find out information about the SIP funcions, its activities and the difficulties the SIP Unit was facing.
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Ministry of Social Solidarity allocates funds for local NGOs - Radio Televizaun de Timor-Leste reported today that the Deputy Minister for Social Solidarity, Jacinto Rigoberto, said that the Ministry had worked together with the International Agency for Peace Building in Timor-Leste and had decided to grant funds to ten local NGOs that had fulfilled the criteria to work in the area of peace building in Timor-Leste.

Rigoberto said each NGO received $25.000 to implement peace building activities in the all districts in the territory and that the funds would also help facilitate the process of socialisation of the martial art law in terms of peace building and conflict prevention.

Local NGOs representative, Nelson Belo, said they were confident that they would implement the referred program properly.

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