14 November 2012

JSMP will hold a national seminar regarding the application of the Witness Protection Law

Judicial System Monitoring Program Press Release 14 November 2012 - JSMP will hold a one day national seminar on 15 November 2012, at Delta Nova, Comoro, Dili. The topic of the seminar is the implementation of the Law on Witness Protection. The aforementioned law has been approved and was published in the State Gazette on 6 May 2009.

This seminar aims to: firstly, review progress regarding the application of the aforementioned law. Secondly, to review the obstacles and challenges regarding the implementation or application of the aforementioned law. Thirdly, to find out about good practices from other countries in relation to witness protection especially with consideration towards principles of international law regarding witness protection, before, during and after a trial.

“JSMP believes that this seminar will allow us to measure progress, identify challenges and obstacles in order to improve the application of the aforementioned law in the future”, said the Executive Director of JSMP, Luis de Oliveira Sampaio.

The following speakers have been invited to take part in this seminar: President of the Court of Appeal, Prosecutor-General, Minister of Justice, President of the Timor-Leste Lawyers Association (AATL), a representative from Amnesty International, the Dean from the faculty of law at UNTL and the Director of JSMP as a representative of civil society.

Those invited to attend the seminar include judicial actors, relevant entities from the justice sector, students from the faculty of law, representatives from civil society and the media.

For more information, please contact: Luis de Oliveira Sampaio Executive Director of JSMP E-mail:luis@jsmp.minihub.org Landline/Mobile: 3323883/77810637

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