Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring March 9, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring March 9, 2004


Justice is the pillar for a democratic state, says Xanana

During the Third National Dialogue, the President of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmão, said that justice is an important pillar for a democratic state. He said that the "operators of justice" have to make sure this happens or this nation will be destroyed.

International Women's Day "The Power of Women's Voices'

Part of a statement made by Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Director, UNIFEM International Women's Day 2004 this year is a crucial period for women. This year marks the beginning of worldwide preparations to commemorate, in 2005, the 10th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women in Beijing. Everywhere, women are confronting the challenges of our global world, from deepening poverty and economic uncertainty, the rising toll of HIV/AIDS on their lives and those of their children, to the violence they experience in everyday life. This requires governments and the international community at large to stand by their commitments and to allocate resources to translate them into action. Only then we hope to achieve a world in which both men and women are able to to lead the best lives they can.

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Protect yourselves from HIV/AIDS, says Kirsty Sword Gusmão

On National Women's Day the First Lady, Kirsty Sword Gusmão, said that Timorese women need to be educated on how to prevent HIV/AIDS. She said that the Government has given support, but women themselves need to act.

Ministry of Education to recruit 300 teachers

The Vice-Minister for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Rosalia Corte Real, said that her Ministry will recruit another 300 teachers during the month of March. She said that those who apply for the jobs will sit for a test in their respective Districts.

Mrs Corte Real said that those selected after the test will be sent to the Districts were teachers are most needed.

Government of Japan donates USD$4,5 million

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Ramos Horta, said that the USD$4,5 million is to support the Government of Timor-Leste in sectors that are most needed.

Very difficult to increase the budget for judicial system

At the conclusion of the third National Dialogue, the Minister for Justice, Domingos Maria Sarmento, said that money is available for the Court of Appeal, Public Defenders Office and the Attorney General's Office. He said its very difficult when the budget has been drastically reduced. Mr Sarmento said the budget allocated in 2003 for the Ministry of Justice was USD$ 2, 3000,000, and in 2004 it had been cut to USD$2,085,000. He said that the Ministry of Justice needs financial support, and a proposal will be presented soon to the Council of Ministers.

School principals on training before exams

The coordinator for the preparation of examination materials, in the District of Baucau, Agostinho Pinto, said that all the heads of the primary, pre-secondary and secondary schools are receiving preparatory training on how to locally implement exams. (As established by the Ministry of Education standarts).

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