Subject: Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring July 15, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring July 15, 2004

Timor Post

Training for Public defenders and judges

Today's edition of the paper reports that the President of the Appeals Court, Dr Claudio Ximenes, the Minister of Justice, Dr Domingos Sarmento, and the General Prosecutor, Longuinhos Monteiro, met the Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, to discuss the possibility of sending judges and prosecutors abroad for training. The newspaper says that the training will start in September 2004, and will be basic training on basic judicial procedures and language. The Judges and prosecutors will be sent to Portugal for the training which will last a year.

National Parliament presented candidates for Provedor's Office

Today's edition of the newspaper reports that a list of candidates for the person to be in charge of Provedor's Office was presented and accepted at the National Parliament without any objection. The paper says that a Member of the Democratic Party (PD) at the National Parliament, Rui Menezes, suggested that the names of the candidates should be made public before holding an election. The three people elected by the Parliament are Isabel Ferreira, Aderito de Jesus Soares and Aniceto Guterres.

Provedor has to protect the national interest, says Pinto

A Military and Political Observer, Tomas Pinto, said that the three people nominated for the position of Provedor dos Direitos Humanos (Ombudsman) have to bear in mind that they have to defend the national interest. He said that the three candidates put forward by the National Parliament have the capacity and experience to do the job. Meanwhile the President of the National Parliament, Francisco Guterres (Lu-Olo), said that the three nominated members (Dra Isabel Ferreira, Dr Aderito de Jesus and Dr Aniceto Guterres) for the position of Provedor (Ombudsman) dos Direitos Humanos e Justica will be elected on August 16 by the National Parliament.

90% live off agriculture

The District Administrator of Oe-Cussi, Francisco Xavier Marques, said that 90% of the total population in Timor-Leste earn their living from agriculture productivity. He said that in Oe-Cussi, with 45,000 people divided into 26 sucos and four Districts, the majority earns a living from agriculture, fishery and cattle breeding. Mr Marques said that most of the projects recently submitted to RESPECT were for agriculture, and for this reason alone the Government should pay attention to the people's need in the fields.

3 new schools for Quelicai

The Vice-Minister for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, Ana Rosalia Corte-Real, promised that in this FY04 her Ministry will build three new school facilities for the people in the Sub-District of Quelicai, District of Baucau. The Vice-Minister said that her Ministry will also rehabilitate various schools in the area.

Human rights campaign

A Press Communiqué from the Office of the Prime Minister says that the Government of Timor-Leste is committed to develop and protect the values of human rights in the country. The communiqué says that the Government will implement the fundamental basis of human rights according to international standards.

Illegal trespassing at the border

The District Administrator of Oe-Cussi, Francisco Xavier Marques, said that since the restoration of the Independence on May 20, 2002 there hasn't been any conflict amongst the population. He said that the Indonesian military are the ones constantly crossing the border and killing cattle and stealing food from people's gardens. Mr Marques said that the military recently crossed the border into the District of Oe-Cussi and detained 4 people and took them away. He said after lengthy negotiations the military released them but now they have done it again and detained another three members of the population and their whereabouts are unknown.

Suara Timor Loro Sa'e (STL)

Difficulties in providing identity

The Director of National Statistics in Dili, Manuel Mendonça, said that staff conducting the census around Dili have found many difficulties because some members of the family cannot provide full documentation of their identities. He said that many heads of the family came from other Districts.

10 Indonesian women illegally working on tourist visas

The Head of the Immigration Department, Carlos Geronimo, said that during an operation by the Police (last Tuesday) to the Hotel Star Bar they found 10 Indonesian women illegally working, violating their tourist visas. Mr Geronimo said that they have ten days to pay the fine imposed by the Immigration Department.


East Timor: Japan to build new power plant for Dili

Japan is giving East Timor USD 4.8 million, (euros 3.8 million), to build a new electric power generating plant for its capital city. The donation was announced in Tokyo Tuesday by the Japanese Foreign Ministry. The aid follows a similar Japanese program in 2000 that rehabilitated Dili's old Comoro power plant.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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