12 January 2009

East Timor Legal News 12 January 2009

CPD-RDTL urges UN to end mission Radio Televisaun Timor Leste 12 January 2009 - CPD-RDTL (Popular Committee in Defence of the Democratic Republic of East Timor)* has urged the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) to end its mission in the country and asked the UN to transform mandate to be an embassy, so that it could continue providing supports to the Timorese people.

Parliamentary President Lasama supports reforms by Prime Minister Gusmao Timor Post 12 January 2009 - Parliamentary President Fernando “Lasama” de Araujo said he did support Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao to make reforms over his governance for a better work in future.

Human Rights and Justice Ombudsman's destiny depends on assessment, says Parliamentary President Lasama Timor Post 12 January 2009 - Parliamentary President Fernando Lasama Araujo said said the Parliament was currently turning its attention to and discussing the post of the East Timor Human Rights and Justice Ombudsman (PDHJ), which is presently occupied by Sebastiao Diaz Ximenes.

Prime Minister Gusmao ready to be responsible for electricity problems Timor Post 12 January 2009 - Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao said as the country’s prime minister he would be responsible for power outages in the Capital Dili.

Parliament urges legal practitioners to increase court effectiveness Suara Timor Lorosae 12 January 2009 - Parliamentary President Fernando Lasama Araujo has urged the country’s legal practitioners, such as judges and prosecutors, to be more active in their offices to seriously resolve cases in the court.

* See the following further information about CPD-RDTL:

Asia Times E. Timorese Police Mimic Violence of Ex-Masters Wednesday, January 28, 2004 By Jill Jolliffe - CPD-RDTL originated from a split in the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor's (Fretilin's) guerrilla command in the 1980s, and is led by Antonio Ai-tahan Matak, a former resistance courier crippled by torture during a year's imprisonment in Kupang, West Timor, in 1983.

CPD-RDTL has aroused anger by rejecting the elected Fretilin government, refusing to register as a political party, and claiming to be the real Fretilin. It is considered short on ideology and high on nuisance value, but it has a considerable - and possibly growing - following. It opposes the use of Portuguese as an official language, and believes the government is unrepresentative because it is drawn from Fretilin leaders who lived in exile during the 24-year rule by Indonesia.

Since independence, CPD-RDTL members have been jailed sporadically for acts of petty violence. A few arms, radios and uniforms have been seized, but no credible evidence has yet emerged of external financial or military backing, despite Fretilin government attempts to link it to militia groups in West Timor. Read more of this article...
From East Timor's Future in the Balance By Damien Kingsbury Korea Herald November 15, 2003 - "In an environment in which there are grievances against the government, and in which many expectations remain unfulfilled, there is also fertile ground for destabilization. This task has been undertaken by the so-called Committee for the Popular Defense of the Republic of Democratic Timor L'este (CPD-RDTL). Not surprisingly, while the CPD-RDTL draws on some disaffected East Timorese youth and a few ex-members of the guerrilla force Falintil, it is also notable for its significant numbers of ex-militia members.

The CPD-RDTL does promote issues of genuine concern to ordinary East Timorese, but its tactics are violence, intimidation and extortion. Populism linked to violence is the stuff of fascism and the CPD-RDTL is similar to neo-Nazis in all but name."

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