27 March 2010

Parliamentary Committee A holds workshop on domestic violence

Timor Post, March 26, 2010 language source: Tetun - The Parliamentary Committee A for Law and Constitutional Affairs has held a workshop with the UN agency, the working group on domestic violence, and civilians in order to review the law on domestic violence before the Parliament’s approval.

MP Domingos Sarmento from Fretilin said that the working group and civil society had called for the competent parties to better improve the law before parliamentary approval in order to secure people from domestic violence.

“The participants have called for better improvement of the bill on domestic violence so that it can guarantee and secure people from domestic violence,” MP Sarmento said.

Sarmento said that there were four main parts in the creation of law on domestic violence such as prevention and training for the office of public prosecution, the National Police and community leaders on how to cope with the issue of domestic violence.

Meanwhile, Deputy for the Timorese Human Rights and Justice Ombudsmen (PDHJ) Silverio Piinto Baptista has said that it is important to really implement the law after in order to really respond to the needs of victims of domestic violence.

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