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East Timor legal news continues on in the East Timor Law and Justice Bulletin. ETLJB covers the period from 2008 to the present. The archive and ETLB span almost a decade. It is by no means a comprehensive archive of legal news from East Timor but does cover many subjects and sources that have been of critical importance in the development of East Timor's legal culture since the catastrophic disintegration of the rule of law in 2006. Relates sources are East Timor Law Journal, East Timor Land Studies and United Nations Police in East Timor Security Reports for the period 2006-2008.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Timor-Leste Legal News June 2008 (Part 9)

UNMIT Daily Media Review 20 June 2008 

Xanana: “No business monopolies” Suara Timor Lorosae -The Prime Minister has authorized the PNTL to arrest any business person who sells rice at an inflated price. Prime Minister Gusmão said yesterday that the Government is trying to intervene to regulate the prices in the market. In relation to this, the Government has invited district commanders from all districts to decide on a convenient mechanism of coordination in order to handle this case. The PM said again that anyone who sells rice for more than US$16 will be arrested. 
       
Horta: investigations into human rights abuses to continue Suara Timor Lorosa’e -President Jose Ramos Horta has instructed the PNTL and F-FDTL to continue investigating the officers who have committed human rights violations during and after the Joint Operation Command. According to the President, F-FDTL and PNTL must be serious in investigating these abuses otherwise the reputation of these two institutions will be tainted, as a consequence people will not believe and respect these them.

“I heard there have been allegations of human rights abuses. I want a deep investigation into this,” said the President. 

Australia-China: big commitment to continue supporting F-FDTL Timor Post -The Government of Australia and China will keep their commitment to support the F-FDTL to become a professional institution capable of serving the people as well as contributing to the security of the nation.

The Australian Ambassador for Timor Leste Peter Heyward said that as neighbouring countries and friends, Australia and Timor Leste have established a lot of bilateral agreements. These include assistance for the F-FDTL and the Ministry of Defence along with supporting the development of infrastructure. In the coming days, Australia wants to cooperate with the F-FDTL on how to provide qualified training for the F-FDTL as well as providing the appropriate military equipment.

24/06/08 Head of MCATL appeals to the nation’s leaders to control corruption Suara Timor Lorosae -The Head of the Millennium Challenge Account of Timor-Leste (MCATL), Joao Saldanha, has appealed to all leaders of the nation including the Government, National Parliament, civil society and development partners, to seriously tackle corruption so that Timor-Leste can have assistances from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

“If we want Timor-Leste to obtain assistance from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), we should rid ourselves of corruption because it is very important that Timor-Leste get this assistance,” said Saldanha. Mr Saldanha also added that the fund will be used for poor people and not for political parties as the aim of the fund is to help reduce poverty in the poorest nations.

26/06/08 Deputy SRSG says UNPOL hasn’t handed over command to PNTL  Diario Nacional -The Deputy Special Representative of Secretary-General Finn Reske-Nielsen said that the Untied Nations Police who have been working with PNTL officers in all district have not as yet handed over power to the PNTL and that any future handover was still being discussed with the government.

“There was a ceremony held in the HQ of Manatutu PNTL last Saturday (21/6). It was a closing ceremony for those PNTL who have successfully been certified and all people should bear in mind that it was not handover command. For the handover command, this is still in discussion process between the Government and United Nation,” said Mr Reske-Nielsen.

Mr Reske-Nielsen also added that UN in Timor-Leste and the Government are still assessing the PNTL’s resumption of responsibility in all districts and at the national levels.

24/06/08 Head of MCATL appeals to the nation’s leaders to control corruption Suara Timor Lorosae -The Head of the Millennium Challenge Account of Timor-Leste (MCATL), Joao Saldanha, has appealed to all leaders of the nation including the Government, National Parliament, civil society and development partners, to seriously tackle corruption so that Timor-Leste can have assistances from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

“If we want Timor-Leste to obtain assistance from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), we should rid ourselves of corruption because it is very important that Timor-Leste get this assistance,” said Saldanha. Mr Saldanha also added that the fund will be used for poor people and not for political parties as the aim of the fund is to help reduce poverty in the poorest nations.

26/06/08 Deputy SRSG says UNPOL hasn’t handed over command to PNTL - Diario Nacional

The Deputy Special Representative of Secretary-General Finn Reske-Nielsen said that the Untied Nations Police who have been working with PNTL officers in all district have not as yet handed over power to the PNTL and that any future handover was still being discussed with the government.

“There was a ceremony held in the HQ of Manatutu PNTL last Saturday (21/6). It was a closing ceremony for those PNTL who have successfully been certified and all people should bear in mind that it was not handover command. For the handover command, this is still in discussion process between the Government and United Nation,” said Mr Reske-Nielsen.

Mr Reske-Nielsen also added that UN in Timor-Leste and the Government are still assessing the PNTL’s resumption of responsibility in all districts and at the national levels.

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