03 September 2008

Legal Reports East Timor National Media 02 September 2008

State secretary for cooperative and rural development resigns - Suara Timor Lorosae, 2 September 2008
State Secretary for Cooperative and Rural Development, Papito Monteiro has officially resigned from his post in the Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP)'s cabinet. Deputy Prime Minister Jose Luis Guterres, said Monteiro's reason for resigning from the post was because his health condition did not permit him to continue. Guterres said also denied rumors mongering thatMonteiro’s resignation was under political pressure.

UN will not leave Timor-Leste -Suara Timor Lorosae, 2 September 2008
The UN Secretary General's Special Representative, Atul Khare, said the UN would not ignore cooperation between the UN and Timor-Leste in seeking for solution to the country's problems.

The SGRG made the comments yesterday after meeting with President JoseRamos-Horta at the Palace of the President in Farol, Dili.

"My meeting with the president is the regular one. I informed the president about result of the UN Security Council Meeting," Khare said. He added all the UN Security Council members expressed appreciation to the Government's good works in resolving problem of the IDPs and the petitioners.

Parliament to set up national anti-corruption networks - Timor Post, 2 September 2008
Timor's Parliament has planned to set up network of anti-corruption which would help combat corruption practices in Timor-Leste and would help strengthen its role as sovereign state body to be responsible for the country's development."

MP Cipriana Pereira from the Parliamentary Anti-Corruption Committee said in September midst the Parliament would hold a conference on setting up the proposed anti-corruption network. Pereira said the anti-corruption network was not an institution; it was a social and political force that would involve all components of the country. She added the anti-corruption network would be including public prosecutor staff, NGOs, private sector and the media.

Gusmao and Alkatiri meet with President Horta -Timor Post, 2 September 2008
Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao and former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri have met with President Jose Ramos Horta yesterday, to discuss peace and stability within the country. After meeting with the president, Alkatiri said during the meeting they were sharing ideas and thoughts about thr general situation in the country, mainly about the problem of internally displaced people, the petitioners and other problems being faced by the country.

"The president invited us to talk on general situation in Timor-Leste, mainly on the problem of the IDPs, the petitioners and other problems of the country," Alkatiri said. Prime Minister Gusmao said the president's initiative was a way to gather Timorese leaders for exchanging opinions to consolidate peace and stability in the country.

A similar meeting would be held next time soon after President Horta has returned from overseas visit.

Parliament can amend resolution of setting up international investigative commission - Timor Post, 2 September 2008
National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) MP Aderito Hugo da Costa, said only the Parliament had the right to amend the resolution of setting up international investigative commission into the assassination attempt to President Horta on February 11. "Da Costa therefore rejected Fretilin's request, urging the Government to make some changes to the approved resolution.

"This is incorrect the Government is an executive body. Only the Parliament can amend the resolution as it is the legislative body," Da Costa said.

Commemorating International Day of Disappeared Persons - Timor Newsline 2 September 2008
Around the world, there are countless stories of people whose family members have disappeared without a trace, during armed conflict or situations of internal violence. The victims, civilians or military, might be killed and thrown into unmarked graves, they could be arrestedat home or abducted off the street.Some disappear while fleeing combat or become separated from their families. They might be held in a secret location or killed in custody. Many are fallen soldiers, their bodies simply abandoned on the battlefield.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), oftenin cooperation with the National Society concerned, is currently working on the issue in dozens of countries on all continents, including Timor-Leste.It's a tragedy for the person who disappears, but it is a never ending torture for the families left behind, suspecting their loved ones are dead yet unable to mourn without any proof, hoping against hope for a miracle -- a secret prison or a new life in a foreign land. Many spend years, and their life savings, in a futile search.

The pain may be compounded by poverty, as it is often the household bread-winners who go missing, their wives and mothers left to support the family. Many of their children are forced to drop out of school.Furthermore, the situation is often unclear for the families as it takes years to pass before declaring the person dead or absent. In the meantime, family members are unable to claim their inheritance, sell property, remarry or -- the most important - to hold funeral rites, toknow a place where to pray, to cry and to mourn.

In East Timor, the ICRC has registered more than 2000 persons who have gone missing in the period from 75 - 99. The ICRC, according to its mandate, continues to remind all concerned parties in Indonesia and Timor-Leste that the families have the right to know the destiny of their loved ones.

President Horta urges minister for social solidarity to create job fields - Radio Timor-Leste, 2 September 2008
Minister for Social Solidarity, Domingas "Micato" Alves, said President Jose Ramos Horta is urging her to create job fields for the country's youths. The minister made the comments yesterday after meeting with Horta at the Palace of the President in Farol, Dili. Micato said the Government would make plans to fulfill the president’s demand of creating jobs for the country’s youths. Micato said the president also pledged to build good relationship with the youths by constructing houses for them to live in.

President Horta is scheduled to hold one-week-official visit to Cuba on September 2 and will return on September 11, 2008.

Minister for development meets with PM Gusmao - Televisaun Timor-Leste, 2 September 2008
Minister for Development, Jose Goncalves has met with Prime Minister Gusm talking on the Ministry of Development’s plans to the prime minister. The minister said the meeting was aimed at conveying the report on his ministry’s activities and annual budget plan of 2009. "I am here to present the report of my ministry’s activities and annual budget plan of 2009," Goncalves said.

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