Subject: Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring November 22 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for November 22, 2004

Five Islamic Leaders Deported to Indonesia
Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

Last Saturday, November 20, five muslim leaders in An-Ur mosque were deported to Indonesia. The Government of Timor-Leste took this decision after a deadline was due for them to issue a legal document from the Immigration Department.

They were deported through the land border, Dili-Motain after a hearing process in the Dili Tribunal. They were interviewed by Timor - Leste Immigration Department before leaving.

They were directly accompanied by the Immigration Police Commander, Mr. Carlos Geronimo and handed over to the Indonesian Immigration Department in Motain.

Minister of Health highlights stance on condoms and religion
Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

The Minister of Health, Dr. Rui Maria de Araujo, noted that the Ministry does not conduct a campaign of HIV/AIDS Prevention to force the community to use condoms. He said that the aim is to raise the community awareness regarding transmission of HIV/AIDS during sexual relations.

Dr. Rui said there is no contradiction with religion teachings because science has proven that the use of condoms prevents the transmission of HIV/AIDS; he noted that the Ministry respects religious teachings.

Twenty Timorese Students Pass to University in Cuba
Suara Timor Lorosa'e (STL)

The Minister of Health, Dr. Rui Maria de Araujo, said that 20 Timorese students had been passed to study medicine in a Cuban University after they undertook eight months of Spanish training.

The minister said that four out of the twenty stuents received the top score. They are Colombianus da Silva (Dili), Dulce Maria Pereira (Ainaro), Maria Georgina dos Santos (Dili) and Mingota Herculano (Manatuto).

Children are the future of the nation says President in Children's Day Ceremony
Timor Post

The President of Timor-Leste, Mr. Xanana Gusmao said that children have right to good education and health care, which should be continuously support by parents, because the children are the future of the nation. He said this in the International Children's Day ceremony in Democracy Field.

Mr. Xanana congratulated the Timorese children present, and he recommended that the government pay attention to them in order to enable them to have a bright future.

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David de Araujo Receptionist World Bank, Dili Office


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