Subject: Timor-Leste News July 08, 2010

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July 08, 2010

*Horta talks with Australian new PM on detention center for refugee *Radio Timor-Leste, July 7, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta has talked with the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Australia’s proposal of setting up a regional detention center in Timor-Leste for processing refugees from other countries. Horta and Gillard were talking on political asylum, refugees and prohibition of the two country’s maritime zone. Horta stressed that Prime Minister Gillard had expressed her ambition to set up a regional detention decanter for processing refugee humanly. Horta added that this was about humanity; therefore he would make a consultation with the Government led by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, as it was the Government’s competence to make decision.

*Timor-Leste has no proper conditions to set up detention center for refugee: Guterres *Radio Timor-Leste, July 7, 2010 language source: Tetun

Deputy Prime Minister for Social Issues, Jose Luis Guterres said Timor-Leste had no proper conditions to set up a regional center for processing refugee and political asylums from other countries. Guterres was referring to the Australian prime minister’s proposal asking to set up center for refugee in the country. Guterres said the Timorese former Government and the Pacific countries rejected this proposal, as it would implicate the country’s national interest, security and other regional issues. Guterres added that the Government was currently discussing and learning this proposal before making decision. He preferred the Australian Government to establish this center in Australia, because conditions and everything was favorable.

*Fatuahi case defendant should not be charged for possessing illegal arms *Radio Timor-Leste, July 7, 2010 language source: Tetun

Legal Advisor, Afonso Gago said the defendants of Fatuahi ambush case should not be charged for possessing illegal arms, as during the country’s crises they were police and military officers who had the right to carry weapons. Gago affirmed that the court should take fair decision, because before the decision made the judges had not charged the civilians who illegally carried weapons. Gago said he was concerned about the verdict made by the court, due to so far it had not tried some politicians who had illegally carried weapons during the crises. Meanwhile, Prosecutor Felisberto Cardoso said the Public Prosecution charged the defendants, because they were carrying weapons, but they did not abide by the commanders of the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) and the National Police, but only abide by the slain rebel leader, Alfredo Reinado Alves.

*President Horta holds meeting with 13 districts’ administrators *Televizaun Timor-Leste, July 8, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta has held meeting with the 13 districts’ administrators to make plan for “Ramelau” culture festival. The meeting was held at the Presidential Palace of Nicolao Lobato and the festival will take place in October this year in Hatubeliku Sub-district of Ainaro District. Organizer team, Alexander de Araujo said the loca residents of the 13 districts would take part in the festival to better strengthen national unity in the country.

*F-FDTL good example for other countries’ military force: Horta *Diario Nacional, July 8, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta said the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) was a good example for other countries’ military force, as it had professionally worked based on the constitution. “Our armed force is being a model for the country to follow. Although there were crises in 2006, yet it did not breach the constitution,” Horta said. Horta stressed that the F-FDTL really abide by the rule, stood firmly to defend the constitution and said during the crises they could not fall into various temptations. Horta added that he trust in the country’s defense force 100% and it had showed its professionalism.

*President office hands over houses to the poor *Diario Nacional, July 8, 2010 language source: Tetun

Office of the President through its programs of combating poverty has officially handed over five more houses to the poor in the Capital Dili. President Jose Ramos Horta said these houses were given to the residents who were economically unable to build house themselves for living in. Meanwhile, NGO liaison officer, Mario da Silva said this program was positive to help support the poor in the country. “I think the president’s program is very good to help our people who are living in poor conditions. I am calling on all the organizations in the country to endorse the president’s program,” da Silva said.

*PNTL appears in uniform: De Jesus *Diario Nacional, July 8, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Deputy Police Commander, Afonso de Jesus said presence of the National Police (PNTL) in the terrain was always known to the people, this was because they were in police uniform before becoming intelligence officers. De Jesus stressed that the National Police officers were in small number and that made people know well them, as they were in uniform before being selected to become intelligence officer,” De Jesus said. De Jesus also said formerly Indonesia also selected its police officers to become intelligence, but it was now using civilians. He added that the PNTL was yet to make new plan for new intelligence system, but would continue using the current system.

*Milena Pires has great responsibility to woman *Diario Nacional, July 8, 2010 language source: Tetun

Executive Director for the Timorese Woman Networking, Jacinta Lugina said Milena Pires who had recently been elected to become commissioner for the UN’s CEDAW had great responsibility to fight discrimination against woman worldwide. Lugina stressed that as a Timorese woman she was proud of Milena Pires who was elected for the post and she would like to congratulate her. “As one of the Timorese woman I am very proud of Milena Pires who is now being commissioner for CEDAW,” Luguna said. She added that Pires was the first Timorese woman to be appointed to for the post of the UN’s CEDAW commissioner and hoping she could be able to defend woman’s rights.

*PNTL identifies drugs site *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, July 8, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese operational Police Commander, Superintendent Chief Mateus Fernandes has confirmed that the National Police has identified site of illegal drugs in Dili. Fernandes said the National Police was yet to set up check point, due to they were yet to coordinate with the United Nations Police to do so. “We have identified the drugs side in Dili, but we will not take a necessary action shortly because we have to coordinate with the United Nations Police,” Fernandes said. He added that the police had also identified some risk places and croupiers of the drugs who distributed them in the country. Some criminal acts emerge around Dili engaging our brothers and we have identified them, but we are doing nothing, due to we have to be subject to supplementary agreement which was made by the our Government and the UN Police,” Fernandes said.

*PDJH monitors border zone *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, July 8, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Human Rights and Justice Ombudsmen (PDHJ) Sebastião Dias Ximenes has said the PDHJ through National Department for Human Rights and good Governance had set up two teams to monitor border zone on June 21 up to June 26. “We monitored the border zone to take a look closer at the current security situation, economic and cultural-social rights and Emigration Department’s administrative work in the border,” Ximenes said. Ximenes said some places such as Citrana, Sakato, Oesilo, Pasabe and Cruz of Oecuse, Memo, Tunubibi, Batugade, (Bobonaro), and Salele of Suai District were the places where human rights violence mostly appeared. Ximenes added there were numbers of human rights violation and maladministration found during their monitoring, adding the PDHJ would investigate those cases and would recommend them to the competent institutions based on the law.

*Govt ready yet to receive refugees *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, July 8, 2010 language source: Tetun

Deputy Prime Minister for Social Issues, Jose Luis Guterres said Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão indicated that the Government would disagree with the Australian Government’s proposal asking the Timorese Government to set up center for processing refugees before allowing them to Australia. “Our Government has no proper conditions to receive or agree with the Australian Government’s proposal,” Deputy PM Guterres said. Guterres made the comments regarding the recent letter of newly Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard asking possibility of the Timorese Government to set up center for refugees in Timor-Leste. Guterres said that it was impossible for the Government to welcome them, because Timor-Leste is a young country and most of its people were still living under the poverty line. “We have many internal problems that are needed to be resolved first,” Deputy Guterres said.

*It is easy for people to know Intelligence officer *Timor Post, July 8, 2010 language source: Tetun

Timorese Police Deputy Commander, Commissioner Police Afonso de Jesus said it was easy for the people to know intelligence officer due to number of the National Police was countable. “I think number of the National Police is countable and all people know about it, this is because were in uniform during the training,” de Jesus said. De Jesus stressed if it compared to the developing country like Indonesia, they recruited intelligence from civilians secretly and therefore it was difficult for people to know the intelligence officers.

*Timorese Judicial system is improving: Prosecutor Cardoso *Timor Post, July 8, 2010 language source: Tetun

International Prosecutor, Felismino Cardoso, has said that the Timorese judicial system is improving now. “The judicial system of Timor-Leste is improving, because many trials are well coordinated and observed,” Cardoso said. He added, “I observe that when there is a trial process, all sides, particularly the accused give their contribution to seek for solution to resolving their problem.”

*Woodside cancels its option of having floating LNG *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, July 8, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese National Petroleum Authority (ANP) President, Gualdinho da Silva has confirmed that the Woodside Company has decided to cancel its option of having Floating LNG. Da Silva said they had canceled their option, but they would present other three options such as Australia LNG, floating LNG, and Dili LNG. Da Silva added the ANP set time to the Woodside and its partners to present their research findings prior to this year. “ANP has set the time to them for presenting result of their study of the three options in this year before they make another decision,” da Silva said. Da Silva added that the ANP would maintain its position and seek for solution that would benefit Timor-Leste and Australia.

*President’s Adviser hand over house keys to the poor *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, July 8, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Advisor for Youth, Quintiliano de Carvalho, has officially handed over keys of five houses provided by President Jose Ramos Horta to the poor. De Carvalho said the objective of providing houses to the poor was to decrease poverty numbers in the country. Meanwhile, Chief of NGO Forum Liaison Officer, Mariano da Silva said the initiative of the President was positive and hoped that it would reduce poverty numbers in the country. President’s initiative is good and hopefully it can respond to the needs of the people, particularly in reducing number of poverty,” da Silva said.

*LUTAHMUTUK appreciates Timor-Leste’s efforts *Timor Newsline, July 8, 2010

Lutahamutuk NGO has expressed its appreciation and congratulation to the Timorese Government and Multi Stakeholder Working Group that have made efforts to decide template for Timor-Leste’s EITI report. Lutahamutuk said the template could help facilitate Timor-Leste to make its first EITI report in a way

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