05 June 2010

Dili bishop condemns baby killings

Suara Timor Lorosa'e, June 4, 2010 language source: Tetun - Dili Diocese Bishop Monsignor Alberto Ricardo da Costa has strongly condemned people who are believed to have engaged in killing and throwing away babies in the country.

The bishop said the people were inhuman, immoral and irresponsible and said such actions were against the country's culture.

Da Silva called on the Timorese people to stay away from such attitude because it was not reflecting the Timorese culture.

This is bad attitude and we have never agreed with this kind of action and as Timorese we should not imitate it," Da Silva said.

He called on the country's people to put hands together work for humanity and protecting children for a better future.

ETLJB Editor Note: On 29 May 2009, RTTL reported on the discovery of a baby's body in the Dili suburb of Delta 3.

From East Timor Law and Justice Bulletin Legal News 29/05/2009 A baby found dead in Delta 3 Radio Televisaun Timor Leste 29 May 2009 - Residents in Delta 3, a suburb of the Capital Dili, on Thursday (28/5) morning found a the dead body of one-day-old age baby, police report.

See also the following subsequent reports on the Delta baby murder on East Timor Law and Justice Bulletin

Police should not cover up investigation into baby murder Radio Televisaun Timor Leste 12 June 2009 - Director for the Timorese NGO Forum(FONGTIL) Dinora Grandinero said the police should not cover up the findings of an investigation into the case of the apparent murder of a baby in Delta 3 because it is a matter og great public concern.

Public need to know the motive in the Delta 3 baby mirder: Fokupers Radio Televisaun Timor Leste 12 June 2009 - The Timorese women's organisation known as FOKUPERS has stated that the public needs to know the suspect and motivein the Delta Nova baby murder case.

For a report on the shooting death of a baby in Dili, click here (another ETLJB post)

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