Subject: LUSA: Human rights mean better living conditions, says President Gusmão

10-12-2003 11:32:00 GMT . Fonte LUSA. Notícia SIR-5668429 Temas:

East Timor: Human rights mean better living conditions, says President Gusmão

Dili, Dec. 10 (Lusa) - Respect for human rights in East Timor has been instrumental in the Dili government`s efforts to improve the quality of life of the Timorese people, President Xanana Gusmão said Wednesday.

In a communique marking International Human Rights Day, Gusmão said observance of human rights should translate into a constant effort by governments to improve the quality of life of their citizens.

Global policies to safeguard human rights should guarantee basic amenities and living conditions, Gusmão noted, adding that in Timor`s case , these strategies must include "the rigorous combat of violence ... injustice and corruption".

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