21 June 2017

Inauguration of Suai Airport in East Timor



Inauguration of Suai Airport

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

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste

 Dili, June 21st, 2017

Inauguration of Suai Airport

A ceremony to inaugurate the Suai Airport, conducted on the 20th of June, marks the completion of a major infrastructure project set to support national development. The airport, located in the municipality of Covalima and about 15 kilometres from the town of Suai, includes a 1,500-metre runway and new airside and landside facilities.

The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. Francisco Lu-Olo Guterres, officially cut the ribbon and signed the inauguration plaque to open the “Commander in Chief of FALINTIL, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, International Airport”. This occasion also honored the 71st birthday of Minister Gusmão, who commended the airport as an outstanding project that would create investment, opportunities and jobs.

The ceremony included welcoming remarks given by the Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communication, H.E. Gastão de Sousa, and the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, H.E. Alfredo Pires. The Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo was in attendance along with other representatives of the Government, members of National Parliament, Veterans, Clergy, Local Leaders and Officials. The airport was blessed by the Bishop of Maliana, Don Norberto do Amaral.

The facilities include a new terminal building, control tower, fire station, meteorological station and a helipad with Medivac air ambulance facilities. The need to extend and refurbish the old Suai runway and build new modern facilities was identified in the national Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030.

The airport allows for increased national connectivity and will promote the ongoing development of the South Coast by supporting activities related to petroleum and minerals, agriculture and tourism. It will also assist in the delivery of services in areas such as health and security. This facility and associated development in the South Coast reflect the Government’s commitment to support growth throughout the territory of Timor-Leste.

Spokesperson, Minister of State Agio Pereira, noted “the inauguration of the ‘Commander in Chief of FALINTIL, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, International Airport’ is an example of a major project, constructed with quality in a timely fashion. We congratulate the Ministries involved and Timor Gap E.P. for their role. This facility serves immediate needs on the South Coast, supports ongoing development and will be key to realizing the growth potential of the region.”ENDS
East Timor Law and Justice Bulletin

East Timor 2017 General Parliamentary Election Campaign Begins



Preparations for Parliamentary Elections On Track as Campaign Period Begins

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

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste

 Dili, June 21st, 2017

Preparations for Parliamentary Elections On Track as Campaign Period Begins

The Government, through the work of the National Electoral Commission [CNE], the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration [STAE], the Ministry of State Administration, and the Ministry of the Interior are making all necessary preparations for the Parliamentary Election to be held on the 22th of July 2017.

The Official Campaign Period has begun and runs from the 20th of June to the 19th of July 2017. The Campaign Calendar is available on the website of the National Election Commission.

Last week the process of registering and verifying parties and coalitions taking part in the election was completed. Twenty parties and one coalition will be listed on the ballot paper in the order determined last week by lottery.

On the 22nd of July registered voters will cast their vote between 7am and 3pm at polling centers around the country. They are to make one mark the ballot paper in the box next to the one party of their choice. The 65 seats in the National Parliament are allocated depending on the number of votes received nationally for each party. To receive a seat a party must poll over 4% of the total votes counted.

Each of the 20 parties and the one coalition have already registered a list of their 65 principal candidates and a list of their supplementary candidates. On these lists, at a minimum, every third candidate must be female. The seats won by a registered party or coalition are filled in the order of their list.

A wide-ranging program is now being undertaken to advise voters of election process.

Last week the Minister of State Minister of State, Coordinator of State Administration Affairs and Justice and Minister of State Administration, H.E. Dionísio Babo Soares, met with members of the Diplomatic Corps and Development Partners to update them on preparations. The election will again welcome the involvement of accredited international observers.

Spokesperson, Minister of State Agio Pereira, noted “the political parties, electoral institutions, national leaders and Government are all working to ensure a calm, well organized and constructive election. We are grateful that we have a country in which parties can openly campaign and where our citizens are able to freely exercise their democratic rights won at great cost by all engaged in the struggle for our liberation. We respect their legacy by our conduct as we approach the election on the 22nd of July.”ENDS

The calendar for the Parliamentary Election is available here.

East Timor Government Policy on Land Rights in the Creation of Legal Protection and Achieving Justice (Indonesian text)



KEBIJAKAN PEMERINTAH TIMOR LESTE TERHADAP HAK KEPEMILIKAN ATAS TANAH DALAM MEWUJUDKAN PERLINDUNGAN HUKUM DAN TERCAPAINYA KEADILAN

Berdasarkan apa yang di ketahui bersama bahwa tanah merupakan dasar kehidupan bagi masyarakat di muka bumi ini dalam menjalankan kehidupannya sehari-hari dan menjalankan kehidupan masyarakat tidak terlepas dari tanah, sehingga tanah mempunyai fungsi yang ganda yaitu untuk tempat tinggal, tempat berdagang, maka dalam menunjang kehidupan manusia, kebutuhan akan tanah sebagai hal yang sangat penting dan mendasar sekali. Bacah lebih lanjut: http://e-journal.uajy.ac.id/367/

USAID Propaganda on East Timor Land Law Issues



ETLJB Editor's Note: See the extract below which is a complete misrepresentation of the facts and a distortion of reality. As at the date of this article, there were no significant reforms in the review and enactment of a land rights law. The $10 million referred to would have gone a long way towards the implementation of systematic or even sporadic land rights registration, boundary surveying and the constitution of a land rights register. This has still not happened.

The land law has only just been enacted; some 17 years since the international intervention in East Timor.

The truth of the mater is that enormous funds from the American tax payers were spent on USAID staff and international "experts" who did nothing to clarify land rights, did nothing to formulate appropriate policies for the government to consider.

The fact is the USAID is essentially an intelligence gathering organisation for the American government and corporations.

Property Rights Reform Makes Progress in Timor Leste

MARCH 13, 2012   ARTICLE

Update on Land Administration and Policies in Asia/Pacific

Earlier this month, the Parliament in Timor Leste passed three laws related to property rights. The new measures, which now await signature by the President, are expected to provide a foundation for resolving disputes and registering land; prescribe procedures under which the Government can expropriate land; and create a fund to compensate property owners who lose their property rights.

These new laws will have a large impact on economic growth, which stalled when the Indonesian occupation ended and civil war ripped the country apart.

The new legislation is a significant accomplishment that USAID and other bi-lateral donors have supported over the long term. Since 2007, USAID has invested $10 million in supporting the Strengthening Property Rights in Timor Leste (SPRTL) project. This project addressed serious concerns related to land-based conflict raised in a 2006 Conflict Vulnerability Assessment. The project’s main objectives included:

Read the rest of this crap here: https://www.land-links.org/2012/03/property-rights-reform-makes-progress-in-timor-leste/

20 June 2017

East Timor Council of Ministers meeting on June 13th, 2017



Council of Ministers meeting on June 13th, 2017


Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Sixth Constitutional Government
Press Release

The press release of the meeting of the Council of Ministers on the 13th of June did not include, by mistake, a Government decision very relevant to the country: the recognition of the right to equal pay for men and women for work of equal value (see last paragraph).
Council of Ministers meeting on June 13th, 2017

The Council of Ministers met this Tuesday at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved a working paper with proposals for amendments to the Legal Regime of Procurement, Public Contracts and its Regime of Infractions. The document summarizes the main policy guidelines for the revision of the procurement regime in force since 2005, which has been reviewed by a national working group. Next steps in the process include internal consultations, followed by public consultations. The Ministry of Finance will verify the financial and budgetary impact of any new legislation coming into force. The current regime consists of three distinct legal diplomas (procurement, public contracts and infractions). This revision seeks to simplify and update its contents, in a single, clear, simple, objective, rigorous and transparent regime for the agents of the State and Public Administration and for the public.

The National Employment Strategy 2017-2030, presented by the Secretariat of State for Employment Policy and Vocational Training, was approved. Based on the Strategic Development Plan (SDP) 2011-2030 and on the Sixth Constitutional Government’s Programme, the Strategy recognizes the importance of formal employment for the country's economic development, seeking to increase demand, to improve labour market supply and to strengthen institutions.

The Council of Ministers approved the signing of the memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime in force in Timor-Leste, as part of the process of accession to the World Trade Organization. The document was presented by the Minister of State, Coordinator of Economic Affairs, in order to conclude another step in the process of accession to this organization.

Three legislative pieces presented by the Ministry of Social Solidarity were also approved.
The first, the Legal Regime of Social Solidarity Institutions, attributes to these institutions a specific status, based on requirements and procedures now defined. The diploma defines the institution’s obligations and rights, as well as the possibility of receiving State support and contracts to provide social responses. It also defines the special monitoring regime to be applied by the State.

The second, the Legal Regime of the combatants for national liberation’s special cemeteries “Jardins dos Heróis da Pátria" (Gardens of the Heroes), establishes the rules governing the operation of these special cemeteries and the funeral services provided for in the Statute of the Combatants for National Liberation.

The third, defines the structure, the objectives and the competencies of the Combatants for the National Liberation Council. This body was created in 2011, with the amendment of article 35 of the Statutes of the National Liberation Combatants, to advise the Government on issues related to defending the interests of Veterans and other issues regarding Combatants for National Liberation.


The Legal Regime of the interconnected functioning between the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of UNTL and the hospitals and units of the National Health Service was approved. This interconnection between Health and Education aims to improve teaching, scientific research and the ongoing training of health professionals.

Proposed by the Minister of State Administration, the Decree-Law on the Licensing of Advertising Messages was amended, in order to reduce the rate applied to the broadcasting of advertising messages.

The Council of Ministers appointed Sabino Henriques as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Civil Aviation Authority of Timor-Leste (AACTL). Pedro da Costa Freitas and Ricardo da Costa Ribeiro were appointed to the board of this body.
The Council of Ministers also approved the recognition of the right to equal pay for men and women for work of equal value. This right was initially recognised in 1919, by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), as a key element for social justice. In 1951 the international convention known as the Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951, was adopted by the ILO’s General Conference. According to the ILO, the salary difference between payments to men and women, for the same activity, worldwide, is 22.9% on average. This means that women earn, on average, almost a quarter less than men, to do the same work. In Timor-Leste, the National Employment Strategy 2017-2030, which was also approved in this Council of Ministers meeting, recommends the adoption of measures to eliminate discrimination towards women at recruitment and promotion and the inclusion of concrete measures to monitor and apply legislation in the public and private sector. Concurrently, the Government Resolution that recognises the right to equal pay for work of equal value takes a decisive step to implement this measure. It allows analysing if equal pay for men and women for equal work is being carried out in the institutions that are a part of the indirect administration of the State, an important measure since many of these workers are subject to the Labour Code and not to the rules applicable to civil servants. ENDS ETLJB

19 June 2017

East Timor Government launches National Action Plan Against Gender Based Violence



Government launches National Action Plan Against Gender Based Violence

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

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste

 Dili, June 19th, 2017

Government launches National Action Plan Against Gender Based Violence

On the 16th of June the Government’s National Action Plan Against Gender Based Violence 2017-2021 was launched at a ceremony at the Hotel Turismo in Dili. The plan is the most comprehensive developed to date in response to what it calls the “insidious problem” of Gender Based Violence in Timor-Leste.

Signaling the high level of Government commitment to addressing this issue, the Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo, spoke at the launch and firmly endorsed the overall goal of the National Action Plan to “reduce and ultimately eliminate gender based violence that affects women, men and children in our communities through a coordinated, multi-sectoral approach.” The Secretariat of State for the Support and Socio Economic Promotion of Women took the lead role in developing the new plan which updates, extends and enhances the previous plan produced in 2012 following the introduction of the Law Against Domestic Violence in 2010.

Secretary of State H.E. Veneranda Lemos Martins, said the plan was developed through a participatory and inclusive approach. This included discussions with key actors in the sectors of education, health, social solidarity, security, justice, line ministries, national institutions, service providers, civil society organizations and development partners. Community consultation workshops were also conducted throughout the country.

The plan was approved by the Council of Ministers on the 7th of February 2017 and has four pillars: the Prevention of Gender Based Violence, Provision of Services for Victims, Access to Justice for Victims and Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation. A matrix covering the next five years sets out specific actions to be undertaken in each of the four pillars, identifying who is responsible from within government and which external organisations will be collaborating, estimating how much each action will cost, and listing the specific indicators that will be used to measure success.

Spokesperson, Minister of State Agio Pereira, noted “the liberation and development of our country must result in the liberation and development of us all. That many of our people endure ongoing violence is not acceptable. It is not to be tolerated. It is not to be endured. The Government commends this plan, which should be implemented and appropriately funded for its entire duration so that we can work to transform attitudes and properly support victims and survivors. ”ENDS ETLJB

18 June 2017

Timor parliament approves land ownership system and property



NB: Machine Translation of report in http://observador.pt/2017/02/06/parlamento-de-timor-aprova-regime-de-titularidade-de-terras-e-propriedades/

 The Timorese National Parliament approved on Monday unanimously in the art and in the final overall vote, the bill of "special regime on the ownership of real property", a diploma considered essential to the economic development of the country. "It is very important that this legislation has been approved," he told Lusa, after the vote, the Justice Minister Ivo Valente, who was present at the final debate in plenary.

"It is critical for the future of the country and our citizens. It is a sign that we are making a breakthrough in the country 's development, because then we have a standard that will guide us to find some solutions to some disputes that exist on the ground, "he said. The text approved on Monday in its final version was the target of almost 30 amendments in committee specialty, an intense debate between the representatives of the parliamentary groups.

Several elements of the bill had raised some controversy between the forces represented in parliament, particularly around aspects such as the ownership of secondary rights to land and property. The approval of the law, which will now be sent to the President for promulgation, is the final step after several attempts to pass a law to land and property.

A complicated process given the complex nature of the impact of the various systems in the country: customary and traditional law, the Portuguese colonial administration, the Indonesian occupation, the UN transitional administration and the post-independence period. A first degree was vetoed in March 2012 by the then President of the Republic, José Ramos-Horta, who claimed lack of consensus of civil society for some possible remedies. In mid-2016 the current legislation was approved in plenary in general having the debate on the details been accelerated in recent weeks in order to approve the legislation before the end of the legislature - are scheduled parliamentary elections for July.

The text considers the "regularization of ownership of real property" is "fundamental to ensure peace and social and economic development of the country" with solutions. Among the solutions is the recognition of prior rights validly acquired "during previous administrations," still creating the figure of the "informal property rights, in order to correct the injustices practiced before the independence of East Timor, due to lack of rights formalization ".

"This informal property rights corresponds to a traditional and individual right to land, allowing those who previously have not received documents for their property rights can now rely on the same terms of those who previously had their formal rights. In this field, this law operates the formalization of these rights through registration, "he explains.

Access to land is guaranteed in two ways: "on the one hand by creating the National Property Register, is allowing the emergence of a secure and transparent real estate market; On the other hand, by clarifying the property belonging to the state domain. " It also provides criteria for the resolution of disputes and the principle of compensation if any "rights of duplicity." The law also recognizes community ownership and creates the figure of community protection zones, aspects that will be deepened in subsequent legislation.

Parlamento de Timor aprova regime de titularidade de terras e propriedades



O Parlamento Nacional timorense aprovou esta segunda-feira por unanimidade, na especialidade e na votação global final, a proposta de lei do “regime especial sobre a titularidade dos bens imóveis”, um diploma considerado essencial para o desenvolvimento económico do país. “É muito importante que esta legislação tenha sido aprovada”, disse à Lusa, depois da votação, o ministro da Justiça, Ivo Valente, que esteve presente no debate final no plenário.

“É fundamental para o futuro do país e dos nossos cidadãos. É um sinal de que estamos a fazer um avanço em termos do desenvolvimento do país, porque temos assim uma norma que nos vai guiar a encontrar algumas soluções para algumas disputas que existem no terreno”, frisou. O texto aprovado, esta segunda-feira, na sua versão final foi alvo de quase 30 propostas de alteração em sede de comissão da especialidade, num debate intenso entre os representantes das bancadas parlamentares.

Vários elementos da proposta de lei tinham suscitado alguma polémica entre as forças com representação parlamentar, especialmente em torno de aspetos como a titularidade de direitos secundários de terras e propriedades. A aprovação da lei, que vai ser agora remetida ao Presidente da República para promulgação, é o passo final depois de várias tentativas de aprovar uma lei de terras e propriedades.

Um processo complicado dada a natureza complexa do impacto dos vários sistemas no país: direito costumeiro e tradicional, a administração colonial portuguesa, a ocupação indonésia, a administração transitória da ONU e o período pós-independência. Um primeiro diploma foi vetado em março de 2012 pelo então Presidente da República, José Ramos-Horta, que alegou falta de consenso da sociedade civil relativamente a algumas soluções previstas. Em meados de 2016 o atual diploma foi aprovado no plenário na generalidade tendo o debate na especialidade sido acelerado nas últimas semanas para poder aprovar o diploma antes do final da legislatura – estão previstas eleições legislativas para julho.

O texto considera que a “regularização da titularidade dos bens imóveis” é “fundamental para assegurar a paz e o desenvolvimento social e económico do país”, com soluções. Entre as soluções está o reconhecimento de direitos anteriores adquiridos validamente “durante precedentes administrações”, criando ainda a figura dos “direitos informais de propriedade, com vista a corrigir as injustiças praticadas antes da independência de Timor-Leste, devido à falta de formalização de direitos”.

“Este direito informal de propriedade é correspondente a um direito tradicional e individual à terra, permitindo que aqueles que anteriormente não tenham obtido documentos relativamente aos seus direitos de propriedade os possam agora invocar, nos mesmos termos daqueles que anteriormente tiveram os seus direitos formalizados. Neste campo, a presente lei opera a formalização destes direitos através do seu registo”, explica.

O acesso à terra é garantido de duas formas: “por um lado, através da criação do Cadastro Nacional de Propriedades, permitindo-se o surgimento de um mercado de bens imóveis seguro e transparente; por outro lado, através da clarificação dos bens pertencentes ao domínio do Estado”. Prevê também critérios para a resolução de disputas e o princípio da compensação quando exista “duplicidade de direitos”. A lei reconhece ainda a propriedade comunitária e cria a figura das zonas de proteção comunitária, aspetos que serão aprofundados em legislação posterior.

http://observador.pt/2017/02/06/parlamento-de-timor-aprova-regime-de-titularidade-de-terras-e-propriedades/

17 June 2017

Request to Readers: New East Timor Land Law



If any reader has a copy of the new East Timor Land Law, may we request that you email ETLJB with it at wwrightatgmail.com

Many thanks.

National Directorate of Land, Property and Cadastral Services



National Directorate of Land, Property and Cadastral Service

National Directorate LAND, PROPERTY AND
REGISTRATION SERVICES
NATURE AND COMPETENCE
Nature   The National Directorate of Land , property and Cadastral Services (DNTPSC) is the service responsible for the creation and management of an information system concerning the use and ownership of real estate and implementation of an efficient system of state property management.

Skills
incumbent upon DNTPSC:

To support government departments in the management of real estate in the public domain and the private domain of state assets;

Promote the necessary measures, in accordance with Law, start the recovery process of the real estate

State assets;

Promote information and operate the administrative procedures to resolve conflicts of possession and ownership of real estate;

Collaborate with the judicial authorities and alternative dispute resolution institutions litigation in resolving ownership disputes and real estate property;

Administer the estate homes that, under the Act are considered abandoned, lost or reverted to the State;

Create a National Geographic Service;

Create a national property register;

Prepare land titles for subsequent registration in the Land Registry;

Collaborate, within their competence, with the remaining agents of the justice services and other relevant entities.

16 June 2017

Enactment of East Timor Land Law major step for Development



Enactment of Land Law major step for Development 

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

Enactment of Land Law major step for Development 

The enactment of the Special Regime for the Ownership of Immovable Property on the 1st of June by the President of the Republic, marks the realization of a major policy ambition of the Sixth Constitutional Government. The law, more commonly referred to as the ‘Land Law’ was highlighted in the Government’s Program as “vital for ensuring peace, social and economic development and domestic and foreign investment.”

An initial version of the law developed during the IV Constitutional Government was subsequently vetoed by then President H.E. Dr. José Ramos-Horta in 2012. In 2015 when the VI Constitutional Government was inaugurated, Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo stressed that the approval of the law was a priority because it was “vital for internal and external investment”.

He noted that “without this law, we may not be able to realise projects that are essential for creating employment.”

After extensive dialogue and review the Council of Ministers approved the draft law on the 29th of March 2016. In mid-2016 it was presented to National Parliament, who approved the law in generality and then, after considerable debate and scrutiny, unanimously approved the law in a final global vote on the 6th of February 2017.

The purpose of the law is to clarify the legal status of land ownership by bringing into effect the different dimensions of the right to private property provided for in the Constitution of Timor-Leste. Clarification of property rights is done through the recognition of prior property rights. In addition the law creates the figure of informal property rights and recognizes Community ownership.

Access to land is guaranteed in two ways. Firstly with the creation of the National Land Registry to allow the emergence of a safe and transparent real estate market, and secondly with the clarification of assets belonging to the State, enabling it to carry out a better management of its assets, which can be distributed to those who may not otherwise have access to land.

The law provides criteria for the resolution of disputes and the principle of compensation where there is "duplicity of rights". Spokesperson, Minister of State Agio Pereira, noted “the Government was determined to see this law presented, passed and promulgated before the end of its mandate. It is a great credit to all involved that this legislation, so necessary for Timor-Leste’s ongoing development, has now been enacted.”ENDS etljb

East Timor Council of Ministers meeting on 13 June 2017



Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Sixth Constitutional Government


Press Release
Council of Ministers meeting on June 13th, 2017

The Council of Ministers met this Tuesday at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved a working paper with proposals for amendments to the Legal Regime of Procurement, Public Contracts and its Regime of Infractions. The document summarizes the main policy guidelines for the revision of the procurement regime in force since 2005, which has been reviewed by a national working group. Next steps in the process include internal consultations, followed by public consultations. The Ministry of Finance will verify the financial and budgetary impact of any new legislation coming into force. The current regime consists of three distinct legal diplomas (procurement, public contracts and infractions). This revision seeks to simplify and update its contents, in a single, clear, simple, objective, rigorous and transparent regime for the agents of the State and Public Administration and for the public.

The National Employment Strategy 2017-2030, presented by the Secretariat of State for Employment Policy and Vocational Training, was approved. Based on the Strategic Development Plan (SDP) 2011-2030 and on the Sixth Constitutional Government’s Programme, the Strategy recognizes the importance of formal employment for the country's economic development, seeking to increase demand, to improve labour market supply and to strengthen institutions.
The Council of Ministers approved the signing of the memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime in force in Timor-Leste, as part of the process of accession to the World Trade Organization. The document was presented by the Minister of State, Coordinator of Economic Affairs, in order to conclude another step in the process of accession to this organization.

Three legislative pieces presented by the Ministry of Social Solidarity were also approved.

The first, the Legal Regime of Social Solidarity Institutions, attributes to these institutions a specific status, based on requirements and procedures now defined. The diploma defines the institution’s obligations and rights, as well as the possibility of receiving State support and contracts to provide social responses. It also defines the special monitoring regime to be applied by the State.

The second, the Legal Regime of the combatants for national liberation’s special cemeteries “Jardins dos Heróis da Pátria" (Gardens of the Heroes), establishes the rules governing the operation of these special cemeteries and the funeral services provided for in the Statute of the Combatants for National Liberation.

The third, defines the structure, the objectives and the competencies of the Combatants for the National Liberation Council. This body was created in 2011, with the amendment of article 35 of the Statutes of the National Liberation Combatants, to advise the Government on issues related to defending the interests of Veterans and other issues regarding Combatants for National Liberation.


The Legal Regime of the interconnected functioning between the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of UNTL and the hospitals and units of the National Health Service was approved. This interconnection between Health and Education aims to improve teaching, scientific research and the ongoing training of health professionals.
Proposed by the Minister of State Administration, the Decree-Law on the Licensing of Advertising Messages was amended, in order to reduce the rate applied to the broadcasting of advertising messages.

The Council of Ministers appointed Sabino Henriques as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Civil Aviation Authority of Timor-Leste (AACTL). Pedro da Costa Freitas and Ricardo da Costa Ribeiro were appointed to the board of this body. ENDS etljb

12 June 2017

Introduction to the Laws of Timor-Leste Legal History and the Rule of Law in Timor-Leste




"This paper is part of the Introduction to the Laws of Timor-Leste series of papers produced by the Timor-Leste Legal Education Project (TLLEP). This series seeks to critically engage the reader in thinking about the laws and legal institutions of Timor-Leste, and is based on a model of educational writing first introduced in TLLEP’s Introduction to Professional Responsibility in Timor-Leste textbook, published in 2011. Founded in March of 2010, TLLEP is a partnership between The Asia Foundation and Stanford Law School. Working with local actors in the Timor legal sector, the project’s goal is to positively contribute to the development of domestic legal education and training in Timor-Leste. USAID provided funding for this series through its Timor-Leste Access to Justice Program." Read the full pdf file at: http://web.stanford.edu/group/tllep/cgi-bin/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Legal-History-and-the-Rule-of-Law-in-Timor-Leste.pdf

Timor-Leste president Francisco 'Lu’Olo' Guterres: a product of war now pushing for peace



"Before becoming the fourth president of one of the world’s youngest countries, Francisco “Lu’Olo” Guterres spent almost a quarter of a century in the Timorese resistance against Indonesian occupation.
He rose through the ranks to become the president of Fretilin – formally the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor, the leftwing nationalist party that began as a resistance movement fighting for independence from Portugal and then Indonesia. Post-independence, he became the president of the nation’s parliament as it created its constitution."
Read the full article at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/08/timor-leste-president-francisco-luolo-guterres-a-product-of-war-now-pushing-for-peace

11 June 2017

Sumáriu Kazu Tribunál Distritál Suai Periódu Janeiru 2017



East Timor Council of Ministers’ Meeting of 14 February 2017



Council of Ministers’ meeting of February 14th, 2017

Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Sixth Constitutional Government

Dili, February 14th, 2017

Press Release

Council of Ministers meeting of February 14th, 2017

The Council of Ministers met on Tuesday at the Government Palace in Dili, and approved an extraordinary grant to the members of the Election Administration bodies in Timor-Leste, proposed by the National Election Commission, taking into account Law no. 7/2016, of June 8th. This grant will be awarded throughout the election period, with the purpose of compensating the members of the National Election Commission, leaders, managers, staff, and agents of the public administration that perform functions in the election administration bodies due to the substantial increase in work that will result from organizing, administering and supervising the 2017 elections.

The Ministry of Social Solidarity submitted the Draft Law on Child Protection, which will regulate the promotion of children’s rights and the protection of children at risk and in danger, in order to ensure their well-being and healthy development. This draft law was adopted by the Council of Ministers. At its core, is the idea that the child is a responsibility of the family and of the community, and also of the local bodies dealing with matters involving children, of the protection network and of the child protection services network. The law is based on international and constitutional standards, principles and requirements, supplementing the existing legislation in the area of child protection. Judicial intervention can occur in situations in which the child is in danger, the people who have custody (parents or guardians) do not ensure protection and where there are no conditions for the operation of child protection services.

The Council of Ministers approved the cultural heritage legal regime, proposed by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, through the Secretary of State for Arts and Culture. This text establishes the legal regime for the Timorese cultural heritage, as well as the methods of preservation, protection, defence and promotion, as provided for in the Constitution. Cultural heritage is a fundamental instrument for the defence and consolidation of national unity and identity. This Law creates the necessary conditions for the inventory, management, protection and development of fixed, movable and intangible cultural heritage of the country. ENDS etljb

East Timor Council of Ministers’ meeting of 31 January 2017



Council of Ministers’ meeting of January 31st, 2017

Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Sixth Constitutional Government

Dili, January 31st, 2017

Press Release

Council of Ministers meeting of January 31st, 2017

The Council of Ministers met on Tuesday at the Government Palace in Dili, and approved the Decree-Law establishing the National Press of Timor-Leste, presented by the Secretary of State for the Council of Ministers, together with representatives from the National Printing House. The National Press of Timor-Leste will succeed the National Printing House, which was restructured in 2013. Last year, this restructuring and the institution’s entry into the domestic market on a trial basis, providing graphic production services to private entities, proved to be a success.

The Ministry of Justice submitted an amendment to the new passport regime, aiming to adjust it to international standards. This was approved by the Council of Ministers.

The Secretary of State for Employment Policy and Vocational Training presented three proposals. The first, on the recovery of movable State assets by the National Centre for Employment and Professional Training in Tibar, was approved. The amendment to Decree-law No. 8/2008, of March 5th, which creates the National Labour Force Development Institute (INDMO), adjusting that decree to reflect the autonomous nature of this Public Institute, was also approved. Finally, the Draft Law on Work Health, Safety and Hygiene was analysed, and is expected to be resubmitted shortly to the Council of Ministers after revision.

The Council of Ministers decreed July 22nd as National Health Day. The proposal for this resolution was put forward by the Ministry of Health. The 22nd of June marks the start of the “Health in the Family” Program, in 2015, which aims to extend primary health care to all families, especially those who live in remote areas. The National Health Day is not integrated in the list of National Holidays or Official Commemorative Dates. Also from the Ministry of Health, the Statutes of the Eduardo Ximenes Regional Hospital (Baucau) were approved. This text establishes the organizational structure of the institution, which, through Resolution No. 17/2016 of June 22nd, transformed the Referral Hospital in Baucau into a Regional Hospital.

The Government's proposal on the Agreement between the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the Republic of Cape Verde on the exemption of visas in ordinary passports, presented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, was approved. This measure will facilitate the movement of citizens and contribute to the promotion of cultural, commercial and academic exchanges between these two countries belonging to the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).

The Minister of State, Coordinator of Economic Affairs and Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries saw his proposal to appoint Sabino Rua for the position of Executive Director of the Institute for Research, Development, Training and Promotion of Bamboo approved. This appointment comes following the amendment made last December regarding the management of this institute, replacing the Board of Directors by an Executive Director.

The Minister of State also presented a resolution regarding the Government commitment to the implementation of the National Action Plan for the Child 2016-2020, which was approved by the Council of Ministers. This National Action Plan aims to guide the relevant entities in the preparation of policies and programmes directed to children, in accordance with priorities established for the promotion of children's rights in Timor-Leste.

The extraordinary and temporary Subsidy to address wage reduction proposed by the Prime Minister, along with the Civil Service Commission, was approved. This follows the adoption of new salary tables and the remuneration methodology for leadership positions, approved by Decree-Law Nos. 24/2016 and 25/2016. It is now necessary to temporarily adjust the remuneration of a group of employees occupying leadership and management positions who saw their wages reduced.

The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Environment presented a project for the creation of Timor-Leste’s Quality Institute. The project foresees the creation of an indirect administration service to coordinate a national system of quality. It will be resubmitted to the Council of Ministers.

The Vice-Minister of Finance presented the Report and Opinion of the General State Accounts of 2015, taking into account the recommendations of the Board of Auditors. The document will soon be submitted to the National Parliament.

The Minister of Justice updated the Council of Ministers on the joint ministerial decree between the Ministries of Justice, Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Finance, regarding the electronic passport of Timor-Leste, and its associated costs. ENDS

East Timor Government ensures increased use of Tetum in the Justice Sector



Government ensures increased use of Tetum in the Justice Sector

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

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste

 Dili, January 25th, 2017

Government ensures increased use of Tetum in the Justice Sector

The Government, following through on its Program, is supporting the increased use of Tetum in the Justice Sector. On the 17th of January the Council of Ministers approved a decree on The Use of Official Languages in the Justice Sector requiring the use of Timor-Leste’s two official languages, Tetum and Portuguese.

Bilingual procedures are going to be prioritized in areas where citizens interact with the Justice sector on a regular basis including registry and notary services, land and property, the Public Defenders Office and the Police. The decree says “everyone has the right to speak in an official language, either orally or in writing, to any body or department of the justice sector and to receive a reply in the official language of their choice.”

The Sixth Constitutional Government’s Program commits to giving particular attention to “creating measures that make the legal system truly bilingual” and working to ensure “full and equal use of both languages.” By acting on this commitment the Government assists Timor-Leste in making progress towards targets within Sustainable Development Goal 16 which include promoting “the rule of law” and ensuring “equal access to justice for all’’.

Measures set out in the decree include the bilingual publication of laws, the provision of qualified and competent translation and interpretation services for the courts and other judicial bodies and the adoption of bilingual procedures within the public services of justice. New laws are to be published in both languages and existing laws will be translated so that they are available in Tetum.The implementation of the decree will benefit citizens, police, prosecutors, investigators, advocates and other judicial actors.

The decree recognizes that to ensure accuracy there will need to be a development of legal vocabulary within Tetum, a process it says “should be encouraged” and which is to be promoted and guided by the Special Council for the Development of Legal Tetum established by the legislation.

Spokesperson, Minister of State Agio Pereira, noted “this newly approved decree is a landmark in our judicial development. It most significant because it creates the tools, structures and budgeting processes needed to turn our aim of equal use of our two official languages in the justice sector into reality”. ENDS

See also East Timor: Language and The Law

East Timor Council of Ministers Meeting of 17 January 2017



Council of Ministers meeting of January 17th, 2017

Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Sixth Constitutional Government

Dili, January 17th, 2017

 Council of Ministers meeting from January 17th, 2017

The Council of Ministers met this Tuesday, at the Government Palace in Dili, and the Minister of State, Coordinator of Economic Affairs and Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries submitted the Decree-Law on the Services for Registration and Verification of Entrepreneurs (SERVE), which was approved. The Government clarified SERVE’s legal nature as a public institute, turning it into a real one-stop-shop, exclusively providing commercial registration services and other services necessary to promote an optimal environment for business and investment..

The Council of Ministers also approved a resolution from the Ministry of Education on the “National Policy of Inclusive Education”, which aims to promote an “education that is available to everyone in Timor-Leste, without any discrimination”. Although there are real advances in this area, it is still possible to find substantial differences in access to education and the opportunities for school success. These can be mitigated with specific interventions to ensure effective equality in the right to education. This includes encouraging the return of children who dropped out of school, providing remedial classes, respectful and patient dialog with the parents or guardians of students, the appreciation of the individual talents of students, among others. The development of this policy entailed a persistent and truly participatory work, with public meetings in all municipalities. Consultative groups were created, with representation from Ministries and Non-Governmental Organizations, as well as professionals from the field of education.

With the nearing of the election process for the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of State Administration submitted and saw approved a Government Resolution on the acquisition of equipment and electoral materials, authorizing the Ministry to deal with the procedures necessary for their direct procurement.

The use of official languages in the justice sector (Tetun and Portuguese) was also approved, in three key areas: preparation of normative acts, legal procedures and administrative procedure of the justice services.

Still in this field, the Council of Ministers approved the new statute of the Public Defender’s Office, almost a decade after the approval of the previous (Decree-Law no. 38/2008). This update expands the duties of Public Defenders, adjusting their intervention to the reality of the Justice sector. There is also a change in the composition of the Superior Council of the Public Defender's office, making it more autonomous, dynamic and functional, and a clearer definition of the nature of the District Defenders’ Offices.

The Minister of State, Coordinator of Economic Affairs and Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, together with the Deputy Minister of Finance, presented the cooperation protocol between the Government and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Timor-Leste (CCI-TL in Portuguese). This three-year protocol aims to establish institutional cooperation between the Government and CCI-TL, to facilitate the communication between the public and the private sectors and promote the development of Timor-Leste’s business environment through its greater involvement in national development. By signing this protocol, the Government reiterates its commitment to the development and expansion of the private sector economy, as an essential pillar to employment creation, technological modernization and wealth creation outside the structures of the State. CCI-TL is a non-profit civil association, recognized by Government Resolution No. 17/2012 of June 13th, which acts as a social partner and as an interlocutor of the Government with the private sector.

Still in the same ministerial area, the decree-law to approve the new Commercial Register Regime, which will replace the current code and Decree-law no. 35/2012, of July 18th, was also presented in the context of the recent revision to the Company Law, under discussion in the National Parliament. The new regime seeks to ensure a registration system that is efficient and thorough and to articulate this regime within SERVE.

In the area of education, the Minister of State Coordinator of Social Affairs and Minister of Education presented the executive summary of the Pilot Programme of Multilingual Education Based on the Mother Tongue (EMBLI in Portuguese). The evaluation contained in the document compares the performance of schools in the EMBLI programme with the normal State schools – those that use Tetum and Portuguese as main languages of communication in education.

In the area of Justice, the Minister presented a draft law on the establishment of the Asset Recovery Office to deal with  assets from crimes, and creating rules for the management and administration of such assets, which are lost in favour of the State. Answering to the General Prosecutor’s Office, the Office aims to implement the criminal rules that determine the seizure and confiscation of the goods and products that were purchased or related to the practice of crimes. When these goods are seized or forfeited to the State, such as buildings, vehicles and other assets with market value, the draft law recognises that it is important to take advantage of those assets, in order to prevent their depreciation or damage, which is neither in the interest of the State nor of the owners.

After the accession process to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, in the Council of Ministers meeting of September 6th, 2016, the Deputy Minister of Finance explained the terms and conditions for such membership.

Articles on East Timor Law Journal



Although the East Timor Law Journal has closed, it still has several good articles on various topics and are still accessible at http://easttimorlawjournal.blogspot.com.au/

2011

1. The Rule of Law: Theoretical, Cultural and Legal Challenges for Timor-Leste

2010

1. Community land in East Timor – A New Tragedy of the Commons?

2. The East Timor Land Law Program: Four Years On – Still No Land Law

3. Lawyers condemn pardoning of criminals in East Timor as an erosion of democracy and the rule of law



2009

1. The Regulation of Martial Arts in East Timor: An Overview of Law No 10 of 2008 on the practice of martial arts

2. Timor-Leste - The Curious Case of the Fake Policemen

3. Violation of the Rule of Law and Criminal Justice in East Timor

4. Defamation in East Timor: A Criminal Offence or Not: A Legal Analysis

5. Criminal Defamation in East Timor - A Miscarriage of Justice

6. Witchcraft and Murder in East Timor

7. The Case to Intervene and Stop East Timorese Killing ‘Witches’

8. Handle with Care: Private Security Companies in Timor-Leste

9. East Timor: Language and The Law

10. Land Policy in East Timor: The Cart Before the Horse

11. East Timor Land Rights: Restitution Not Possession - A Comment on the Draft Land Law

12. Political interference in judicial processes in East Timor

13. Communal Land Tenure Systems in East Timor to have no legal status under new draft land law

14. Draft land law provisions on land rights for foreigners in East Timor will smother development

15. What happens when abortion is illegal - The case of East Timor

16. HIV-AIDS and Homophobia in East Timor

17. Homosexuality in East Timor

18. New gun laws in East Timor defeated in Parliament

19. Environmental laws fail to protect endangered fauna in East Timor



2008



1. Justice for Serious Crimes Committed during 1999 in Timor-Leste: Where to From Here?

2. Joint Command for PNTL & F-FDTL Undermines Rule of Law & Security Sector Reform in Timor-Leste

3. Criminal Justice in East Timor and the Constitution of East Timor

4. Commentary on the Draft Arms Law in Timor-Leste

5. Deleted

2007

1. The Law on Political Parties (No 3/2004) & the Decision of the Timor-Leste Court of Appeal in the case of Vitor da Costa & Ors v Fretilin

2. Ethnicity, Violence & Land & Property Disputes in Timor-Leste

3. East Timor: Reconciliation & Reconstruction

4. Legal opinion on the appointment of the Prime Minister and the formation of Government in Timor-Leste

5. A legal opinion on the Formation of an Unconstitutional Government in Timor-Leste

6. Commission for Truth Friendship East Timor Competing Concepts of Justice

7. 25th of May 2006 Massacre & War Crimes in Timor-Leste

2006

1. Some Land Tenure Issues in Post-Conflict East Timor

2. Extradition from Indonesia to East Timor & the Serious Crimes Process in East Timor 1999 - 2005

3. East Timor: Internal Security, States of Seige & Emergency: A Note on the Constitutional Provisions & the Internal Security Law 2003

4. East Timor: The Constitutional Process Governing the Dismissal of the Government

5. Guidelines for Preparation of Outgoing Requests by East Timor for International Judicial Assistance - Extradition Requests & Letters Rogatory - A Practice Manual

6. Roles of the President and the Prime Minister in the Current Constitutional Crisis in East Timor

7. Institutions & the East Timorese Experience

8. An Early Warning System for Timor-Leste: A Framework Concept of the Need & Possibility of an Early Warning System for the Timorese People

2005

1. The Timor-Leste Maritime Boundaries Case

2. Deleted

3. On the occasion of the International Conference on Traditional Dispute Resolution & Traditional Justice in Timor-Leste

4. General Facts on the Timor Sea & Facts on the Negotiations on a Permanent Maritime Boundary between Timor-Leste & Australia

5. Deleted

6. Morality, Religion & the Law: Abortion & Prosititution in East Timor

2004

1. A Note on Land Rights in East Timor (Indonesian Government Regulation No 18 of 1991 on the Conversion of Land Rights in East Timor) & the Purported Suspension of Article 5 by Government Regulation No 24 of 1992

2. UNTAET Land Policy


3. Some Observations on UNTAET Regulation No 27/2000 on the Temporary Prohibition on Transactions in Land by Indonesian Citizens

4. Sandalwood & Environmental Law in East Timor

5. Some Observations on the Report on Research Findings & Policy Recommendations for a Legal Framework for Land Dispute Mediation in East Timor

6. An Overview of East Timor's Law No 1 of 2003 on the Juridical Regime on Immovable Properties

7. Report on Research into Adat Land Law in East Timor

8. Short Analysis of UNTAET Executive Order No 2 of 2002 on the Decriminalisation of Defamation

9. An Overview of the Constitutional Drafting Process in East Timor

10. Some Notes on East Timor Government Decree No 1/2004 on the Orthographical Standard of the Tetum Language

11. UNTAET Guidelines for the Administration of Public & Abandoned Property by District Administrations

12. Tara Bandu: The Adat Concept of the Environment in East Timor

13. Finding Ways of Resolving Land Problems in East Timor

Agreement with France on the Future Submarine program Maritime arrangements withTimor-Leste



14/03/2017  Parliament Joint Standing Committee on Treaties 

Agreement with France on the Future Submarine program Maritime arrangements withTimor-Leste

"I will now turn to why the proposed amendment and the agreement on the duration of the Timor Sea Treaty is in Australia's national interest. Given that a full explanation is set out in our national interest analysis I intend only to highlight the key points.

Australia and Timor-Leste are engaged in a conciliation under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The function of the conciliation commission, as set out in article 6 of annex V of UNCLOS, is to:

…hear the parties, examine their claims and objections, and make proposals to the parties with a view to reaching an amicable settlement.
As part of the conciliation, Australia and Timor-Leste agreed to an integrated package of confidence-building measures proposed by the conciliation commission. These agreed measures have been set out by the parties and the commission in recent press releases.

The package was proposed by the commission to facilitate the reaching of a maritime boundary agreement between Australia and Timor-Leste. It is the government's assessment that the package of confidence-building measures is in Australia's national interest as it will assist us to move forward in a positive and constructive way in the conciliation.

For the benefit of the committee, I will set out the agreed confidence-building measures, which form the package that was agreed by the commission and the parties. No. 1, Timor-Leste would terminate the CMATS treaty, as it had stated clearly that it had intended to do and as is its right under the treaty; No. 2, both parties would confirm that the Timor Sea Treaty would continue in its original form; No. 3, the termination of the CMATS treaty would include termination of all its terms; and No. 4, Timor-Leste would withdraw the two arbitrations it had commenced against Australia. Implementing these commitments is a critical part of the conciliation process.

The proposed amendment and the agreement on the duration of the Timor Sea Treaty will allow us to move forward in a positive way to seek to reach an agreement with Timor-Leste while, at the same time, providing certainty and stability for investors in the Timor Sea."

Read more: http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22committees%2Fcommjnt%2F6e9d88b0-3e69-48df-9dfa-44d28a0b259c%2F0008%22

Petition to the House of Representatives on settling the maritime border with East Timor Online!



Petition to the House of Representatives on settling the maritime border with East Timor

Petition Of
Certain citizens of Australia

Petition Reason
This petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House the absence of an internationally recognised border between Australia and Timor-Leste.

Petition Request
We therefore ask the House to take all appropriate measures to assist the Government to finalise as soon as possible a fair and permanent maritime boundary between Australia and Timor-Leste, using median line principles, in accordance with current international law. We ask that this be done in good faith and as a matter of urgency.

THE GOOD NEWS is that we have just received the link for the online version of the petition.
Go to

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Petitions/House_of_Representatives_Petitions/Petitions_General/Petitions_List?id=EN0232 and if you haven't signed the paper version, please sign this.

The page will ask for your name and your email address.

You could put it out on social media. ...FaceBook and Twitter etc.

Send it to all your contacts!

This link will be live for four weeks only and the cut-off date is 28 June.

The paper petition can still be received until 30 July.

The UNGOOD NEWS is that we have received only 4,862 signatures to date. This is not as many as hoped for, so we do ask that you really push this online version, and continue to gather signatures on paper.

Mr Tony Burke MP will be presenting the Petition in Parliament, on a date to be advised.

Thanks to our sister, Susan Connelly, for keeping up the pressure and leading us through this unjust mess.


10 June 2017

Timor-Leste Investment Guide sets out Key Attractiveness Factors





Investment Guide sets out Key Attractiveness Factors


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

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste

 Dili, May 30th, 2017

Investment Guide sets out Key Attractiveness Factors

The Timor-Leste Investment Guide, launched at the Side Event on Economic Diversification on the 21st of May, is now available online. The guide was produced as a tool to assist national and foreign investors by Ernst and Young in consultation with the Government (through the Minister of State, Coordinator of Economic Affairs and Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries) and TradeInvest Timor-Leste.

Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araujo said “I strongly urge investors to make use of this Investment Guide to explore business opportunities in Timor-Leste” and explained that it provides “key information on the country’s economic situation and the principal tax, legal and labor issues, as well as how to initiate a business in Timor-Leste.”

The guide sets out six key attractiveness factors that apply to Timor-Leste including natural resources, the country’s commitment to sustainable development, the use of US currency, the reform program, Timor-Leste’s international integration, and the country’s competitive tax regime.

Moving beyond oil, gas and minerals, the guide mentions “pristine landscapes providing temperate, subtropical and tropical climates” which “provide a huge potential for tourism” as well as opportunities in agriculture, forestry and aquaculture. It says “ongoing investments in infrastructure and human resources development” along with the reform program underway “to prioritize and streamline the implementation of structural economic measures” have already begun to result in investments leading to the replacement of imports and generation of jobs.

In terms of fiscal settings the investment guide suggests that the upside of the use of the US dollar in Timor-Leste is a reduction in exchange rate risk allowing “a more stable background in which to develop operations” and notes that “corporate tax, customs duties and indirect tax rates are lower than comparable countries in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Spokesperson, Minister of State Agio Pereira, noted “the Government has made marked progress in the last two years to improve our business environment in order to encourage economic diversification and attract investment for jobs and growth. We welcome this guide as a tool to assist potential investors to understand the opportunities that are here in Timor-Leste and encourage businesses to investigate further, including through a direct connection with TradeInvest Timor-Leste.”ENDS ETLJB

East Timor Launches Graphic Health Warnings on World No Tobacco Day



Launch of Graphic Health warnings on World No Tobacco Day

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

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste

 Dili, June 2nd, 2017

Launch of Graphic Health warnings on World No Tobacco Day

On World No Tobacco Day, the 31st of May, the Government of Timor-Leste launched new graphic health warnings to be used on all cigarette packaging in Timor-Leste. Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo unveiled examples of the new warnings at the Ministry of Health alongside the Vice Minister of Health, H.E. Ana Isabel Soares and the World Health Organization Representative in Timor-Leste Dr. Rajesh Pandav.

In his remarks to the health professionals and other stakeholders attending the Prime Minister encouraged all relevant institutions to work together to implement the Tobacco Control Regime and socialize the ‘no tobacco’ message, expressing his belief that this kind of collaboration would lead to further success.

The Sixth Constitutional Government has taken bold steps to reduce the use of tobacco and in so doing improve the health of the nation. The Tobacco Control Regime, approved by the Council of Ministers in 2015 and promulgated in June last year, seeks to ensure protection from involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke, regulate the contents of tobacco products, introduce mandatory labeling of packaging to improve awareness and promote health education, ban advertising and establish other measures to reduce both demand for and supply of tobacco products.

Government Spokesperson, Minister of State Agio Pereira said at the time “Timor-Leste is taking a strong stance to deal with an impending health crisis that has the potential to rob thousands of our people of their health and indeed, their lives.” Studies in 2016 revealed that tobacco consumption in Timor-Leste was amongst the highest in the world with 70% of men and 42% of youth in the age group of 13 – 15 years consuming tobacco products.

The theme of the 2017 World No Tobacco Day “Tobacco – a threat to development” underscores the role that tobacco control plays in supporting health, development and the achievement of other global goals.

Spokesperson, Minister of State Agio Pereira, noted “the introduction of these new graphic warnings are another action that confirms how serious this Government is about reducing the use of tobacco. We cannot ignore the negative impact of tobacco use on our development and particularly the threat posed to the health of our young people. The Government’s promotion of public health in this area has been decisive and proactive, an approach that must continue in the months and years ahead to properly care for our people, invest in our youth and support our development. ”ENDS

See further on ETLJB

http://www.easttimorlawandjusticebulletin.com/2016/12/timor-lestes-efforts-recognized-on.html

http://www.easttimorlawandjusticebulletin.com/2015/11/east-timor-tackles-cigarette-smoking.html

East Timor Council of Ministers meeting May 30, 2017



Council of Ministers meeting on May 30th, 2017

Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Sixth Constitutional Government

Dili, May 30th, 2017

Council of Ministers meeting on May 30th, 2017

The Council of Ministers met this Tuesday, at the Government Palace, in Dili, and the Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communications presented and saw approved the Government Resolution on the National Policy for Civil Aviation. The policy reflects the Government’s vision that, by 2030, Timor-Leste will have a safe, sustainable and growing aviation industry, which makes a significant contribution to economic and social development and helps to promote a positive image of Timor-Leste abroad.

After the approval of the Information and Communication Technology National Policy, it was necessary to create the Information and Communication Technologies Institute. This entity, approved in the meeting of the Council of Ministers, will be responsible for the sound management of networks belonging to the Government and other public entities,,allowing for the modernization of the State and a better provision of services.

The Minister of State, Coordinator of Economic Affairs and Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries saw approved the Decree-Law on the credit guarantee scheme for small and medium-sized enterprises. As a tool for social justice, and a fundamental component for the creation of a solid and viable business, this was a priority for the Government. It intends to facilitate credit access to commercial companies with at least 75% Timorese ownership and to self-employed Timorese people. With this mechanism, the State shares the risk of credit granted by commercial banks, up to a maximum of 70% of the loans that meet the legal requirements.

Prior to his attendance at the Conference “Our Oceans, Our Future: Partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal14”, at the United Nations in New York, between June 5th and 9th, the Minister also made a presentation to the Council of Ministers on the National Policy of the Oceans.

Finally, the National Employment Strategy 2017-2030 was analysed, aiming to strengthen and facilitate effective policies for job creation, as framed in the Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030.

The Minister of State, Coordinator of Social Affairs and Minister of Education saw approved the Government Resolution on the designation of the commemorative dates in Education: National Day of Teachers (October 29th) and National Day of Higher Education (November 17th).

East Timor Government Launches National Action Plan for Children



On International Children’s Day the Government Launches National Action Plan for Children

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

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste

 Dili, June 2nd, 2017

On International Children’s Day the Government Launches National Action Plan for Children

On the 1st of June 2017, amongst celebrations for International Children’s Day, the Government has launched its National Action Plan for Children 2016-2020.

Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo, said that the plan “reflects the willingness of the Government of Timor-Leste to build an environment that promotes respect, protection and fulfillment of the rights of boys and girls in our country, particularly those who live in challenging situations and in remote and rural areas.”

The Action Plan, developed during the mandate of the Sixth Constitutional Government, set out steps to ensure that children develop in a healthy environment, with access to school and a quality education, good health and nutrition, opportunities for participation and the protection of their rights.

Under the leadership of the National Commission on the Rights of the Child, the plan was developed by the Government in consultation with nongovernment organizations, civil society and other community organizations, with the support of UNICEF. It was submitted to the Council of Ministers in September 2016 and subsequently a resolution to implement the plan was approved in January this year.

During its mandate the Government has also worked to improve the legislative environment for children. In February this year the Draft Law on Child Protection, regulating the promotion of children’s rights and the protection of children at risk and in danger, was approved by the Council of Ministers.

The Prime Minister noted at the launch of the plan that for it to succeed we must “ensure that we have adequate funding and human resources for children's issues in the various ministries and also support the role of a focal point for the coordination and monitoring of the implementation of the National Action Plan for Children 2016-2020.”

Spokesperson, Minister of State Agio Pereira, said “In launching this plan the Government has delivered on another of its goals and signaled the value it places on children and young people. They are the future of our nation! To protect them and invest in their well being is to invest in the success and development of Timor-Leste.” ENDS ETLJB

Global Peace Index recognizes Timor-Leste as having a High State of Peace



Global Peace Index recognizes Timor-Leste as having a High State of Peace

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

Official Spokesperson for the Government of Timor-Leste

 Dili, June 5th, 2017

Global Peace Index recognizes Timor-Leste as having a High State of Peace

The Global Peace Index 2017, published on the 1st of June by the Institute for Economics and Peace, has recognized Timor-Leste as having a ‘High State of Peace’. Timor-Leste is grouped in this category along with countries such as Singapore, Norway and the UK and was ranked 53 out of 163 countries measured.

The Index reports that in 2008 Timor-Leste was in the Top 10 ‘At Risk’ countries according to their Positive Peace deficit model. Of those ten countries five have since seen deteriorations in peacefulness and two have fallen into conflict. Timor-Leste, in contrast has built and maintained peace, showing sustained progress in the index including a two-place rise in the ranking over the last 12 months.

Minister of State Agio Pereira noted “we should never underestimate the remarkable achievement of Timor-Leste in consolidating peace over these past ten years. We are one of only a few conflict-affected countries who have managed such a transition from fragility towards resilience.”

The Institute for Economics and Peace said “High levels of Positive Peace occur where attitudes make violence less tolerated, institutions are more responsive to society’s needs and structures underpin the nonviolent resolution of grievances.”

In the recent High Level meeting of the Global Conference on the 2030 Agenda held in Dili, interventions were made by the representatives of several g7+ countries that are currently in conflict. These highlighted the devastation experienced by countries in crisis and the critical need to achieve peace in order to alleviate the suffering of their people.

Minister Pereira said “we welcome this Index as yet another confirmation of our transition over the past ten years. The work of peacebuilding and statebuilding is not easy. It takes time and patience. But we are clearly moving along the right path and have made remarkable progress. This is a credit to the people of Timor-Leste and all who continue to contribute to creating and sustaining our peaceful society.” ENDS
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