03 September 2008

Legal Reports National Media 01 September 2008

Security forces remove IDPs forcedly - Radio Timor-Leste, 1 September 2008
The UN Portuguese GNR police, Timor's National Police (PNTL) and Timorese Defense Force have removed forcedly 52 families of the internally displaced people (IDP) from the former police dormitory in Caicoli, Dili.

Man in Charge of the Land and Property, Antonio Freitas said the Government made this decision, because the IDPs did not abide by the notification issued by Government, asking them to have vacated the place by June 2, 2008.

An IDP, Vendedor de Fatima, said he was very concerned about the decision of the Government, as the Government had never contacted the local authorities, such as village chiefs about this matter.

Mr. Fatima added they were ready to leave the place, yet the Government should first create proper conditions before removing them.

Again 7 foreign ships spotted in Viqueque - Radio Timor-Leste, 1 September 2008
Seven foreign ships have been spotted again in the area of Irabere in the sub-district of Uatukarbau in Viqueque last Friday (29/8).

Head of Investigation Unit of the PNTL in Viqueque, Sub-Inspector Gaspar Pinto, said these ships were spotted last Friday. His office informed the National Police in Dili Monday (1/9) in relation to the presence of these foreign ships in the national territory.

In July 2008, around 11 foreign ships were also seen in this area. Illegal fishing in the territory of Timor-Leste is a major problem for the half-island nation.

Local population handed in traditional home-made weapons -- Televizaun & Radio Timor-Leste, 1 September 2008
Local population in the sub-district of Don Aleixo continued to hand in traditional and home-made weapons such as lethal dart known locally as rama Ambon, spears, and swords to the police.

The population also handed modern weapons such as bullets, unexploded devices (UXOs) and even military uniforms.

Police Agent Ernesto de Souza said weapon collection campaign in the sub-district of Don Aleixo had been effective due to cooperation with local and community leaders. Dili District PNTL Commander, Inspector Pedro Belo informed the duration for the voluntarily hand in of weapons has been extended until September 7th, 2008.

Meanwhile, in the vicinity of Bebonuk, a villager Armindo Tavares also handed in around 260 bullets. He said these bullets were brought from Indonesian forces to support Falintil during the independence struggle.

Tavares suggested these bullets to be kept in the national resistance museum enabling young generation of the country to learn from the history of resistance.

Spain to allocate €209,000 to human rights sector - Televizaun Timor-Leste, 1 September 2008
The Spanish Government allocated about US$305,000 to the Timor-Leste Human Rights and Justice Ombudsman to develop economic rights and good governance. The pledge was made during a signing of agreement by the Representative of Spanish Commission in Timor-Leste, Francisco Lopes, and Timor-Leste's Human Rights and Justice Ombudsmen, Sebastiao Dias Ximenes in Dili Monday (1/9).

The agreement is the first made by the Spanish Commission in Timor-Leste with state institution of the country. Mr Diaz Ximenes thanked the Spanish Government for the commitment to support the institutional capacity building of the Human Rights and
Justice Ombudsman.

Justice Minister Launches Training for Prison Guards - Televizaun Timor-Leste, 1 September 2008
Timor-Leste’s Minister for Justice Lucia Lobato has launched first one-month training for prison guards in Becora, Dili Monday (1/9) to develop the capacity of the guards. Ms Lobato said capacity development of the prison guards is very important and that in the near future a group of prison guards will be sent to Adelaide, Australia to do comparative study on how to deal with
prisoners. The training is for the prison guards involve the Portuguese GNR and some other Timorese police inspectors. This one-month training is financially supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Portuguese government.

SRSG Khare Meets with PR Horta - Televizaun Timor-Leste, 1 September 2008
The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General in Timor-Leste, Atul Khare, met with President of the Republic Jose Ramos Horta Monday (1/9) to exchange views on the current development in the country. Among the agenda discussed was the meeting UN Security Council New York where, according to Khare, member states of the Council congratulated the
country’s authorities for the works done in relation to internally displaced persons (IDPs), the petitioners and the investigation into the event of February 11th.

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