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Lospalos MDG houses sit abandoned Saturday, 24 January 2015 10:30 More than 100 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) houses are sitting abandoned in Lospalos sub-district in Lautem as the residents they were intended for refuse to live in them due to their poor condition. Read the Full Story
Draft tobacco laws complete Saturday, 24 January 2015 10:22 Health Ministry Department of Non-infectious Diseases chief Dr Herculano Seixas dos Santos says consultation on draft tobacco control legislation is complete and the laws will be submitted to the Council of Ministers for consideration before progressing to Parliament for debate. Read the Full Story
Timor-Leste lacks cancer treatment facilities Saturday, 24 January 2015 10:01 Breast and cervical cancer sufferers are forced to travel overseas for treatment due to a lack of facilities in Timor-Leste. Read the Full Story
Parliamentary Party Benches Agree GoTL Reshuffle is Needed Saturday, 17 January 2015 11:12 CNRT, PD and FRETILIN party benches at the national parliament agree with the Prime Minister’s decision to reshuffle the fifth Constitution Government as it has become ineffective. Read the Full Story
Baucau Incident Will Not Affect National Stability Saturday, 17 January 2015 11:03 The recent incident that took place in Sailari in Baucau District resulting in injuries to six police officers won’t affect national security according to the Timorese National Police (PNTL) Operations Commander, Superintendent Armando Monteiro. Read the Full Story
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Sat 24 Jan 2015, 10:49
timor-leste-unlikely-to-join-asean-in-2015Timor-Leste is unlikely to be admitted to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2015. Foreign Affairs and Co-operation deputy minister Constâncio da Conceição Pinto said the government...
Sat 17 Jan 2015, 11:54
young-women-encouraged-to-take-on-politicsFormer resistance member Olandina Caeiro has encouraged young women to involve themselves in politics in order to bring about positive changes to their lives."Many Timorese women are intelligent...
Sat 17 Jan 2015, 11:47
santa-cruz-massacre-victims-remain-missingThe bodies of many victims shot dead by the Indonesian military during the Santa Cruz massacre 23 years ago remain missing.12 November Commission president Gregorio Saldanha said finding the bodies...


Sat 24 Jan 2015, 10:40
mdg-houses-get-upsizedHomes built by the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) program in 2015 will have three rooms.In the past, the homes have each had two rooms.   Ministry of Social Solidarity social assistance national...
Sat 17 Jan 2015, 11:38
korea-donates-6-million-for-fisheries-training-centreThe Korean Agency for International Co-operation (KOICA) has donated $6 million to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to build a fishing training facility in Maubara, Liquisa.He said the...
Sat 17 Jan 2015, 11:30
agriculture-infrastructure-abandonedInfrastructure including a chicken coop and fishpond built by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in the community of Dato Tolu in Suai has been left abandoned, according to Member of Parliament...


Sat 24 Jan 2015, 11:46
teachers-double-dipping-and-abandoning-studentsStudents have come forward concerned about the quality of teaching in schools across Timor because of teachers who abandon classes because they teach in more than one school concurrently.Student...
Sat 24 Jan 2015, 11:39
ermera-children-s-representative-claims-schools-feeding-program-unhygienicChildren’s Representative from Ermera district Ivonia Martins denounced the School Feeding Program being run by the Ministry of Education to provide basic nutrition to school children as unhygienic...
Thu 15 Jan 2015, 16:26
ngos-build-schools-without-government-approvalThe Education Ministry has expressed strong concern about schools established without the knowledge of the government.Education Minister Bendito dos Santos Freitas said NGOs with plans to build...


Sat 24 Jan 2015, 10:59
overseas-patient-transfers-bill-tops-4-millionThe Ministry of Health spent $4.2 million on overseas patient transfers in the first 10 months of 2014.Ministry of Health Hospital Support Services and Transfers national director Dr Horacio da Costa...
Sat 24 Jan 2015, 10:16
self-medication-with-antibiotics-can-cause-deathDoctor Herculano Seixas dos Santos has warned against taking antibiotics without a prescription, as it could lead to major health implications.“You must have a doctor’s prescription because otherwise...
Sat 24 Jan 2015, 10:09
drug-regulations-earmarkedThe government presently has no legal basis to prohibit the sale of medicines by kiosk owners.Health Ministry Hospital Support and Transfers Services national director Horacio Sarmento da Costa said...

Human Rights

Thu 15 Jan 2015, 17:47
pdhj-supports-mandatory-hiv-testing-for-policeHuman Rights and Justice Ombudsman Silverio Baptista Pinto has thrown his support behind the National Police of Timor-Leste’s (PNTL) general command’s push to make HIV/AIDS testing mandatory for its...
Tue 23 Dec 2014, 09:45
new-ombudsman-ready-for-challengeNewly appointed human rights ombudsman Silverio Pinto says he is ready to ready to continue to implementing the Human Rights and Justice Provedoria’s (PDHJ) 10 year strategic plan.A communications...
Mon 01 Dec 2014, 17:25
ombudsman-respect-rights-of-mental-illness-sufferersDeputy Human Rights Ombudsman Silverio Baptista Pinto has appealed to all people to respect the rights of those suffering from mental illnesses.Pinto said sufferers’ family members were most likely to...
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Sat, Jan 2015, 11:52
women-tais-groups-call-for-a-permanent-local-product-marketLocal women’s tais weaving groups call on the Timorese government to establish a permanent site where they can sell their tais products because so far they have only been able to sell them in government...
Thu, Jan 2015, 17:57
rural-women-disenfranchisedWomen in rural areas feel disenfranchised and disconnected from Timor-Leste’s development process, according to the Parliamentary Women’s Group of Timor-Leste (GMPTL).GMPTL President Josefa Alvares...
Thu, Jan 2015, 16:33
young-mums-entitled-to-educationNon-government organization Sharis Haburas Communidade (SHC) has challenged the government to fast track a policy which would assure the rights of young mothers to access formal education.SHC director...


Sat, Jan 2015, 11:30
kndl-67-of-children-abused-at-home-and-schoolThe results of an assessment conducted by the National Commission for the Rights of the Child (KNDL) in Timor-Leste show that some 67% of children get some form of physical punishment by school teachers...
Sat, Jan 2015, 10:50
budget-ignores-women-and-childrenWomen and children do not benefit from the federal budget, according to Member of Parliament (MP) Virgilio da Costa Hornai.The Commission F (health, education, culture, veterans’ affairs and gender...
Thu, Jan 2015, 17:13
child-abandonment-cases-riseChild abandonment cases are on the rise in Timor-Leste, according to Legal Assistance for Women and Children (ALFeLa) director Merita Correia.She said the children abandoned were often born out of...


Sat, Jan 2015, 11:23
portugal-ready-to-provide-training-to-the-timorese-defence-forcesThe National Defence Minister of Portugal, José Pedro Aguiar Branco said his country his ready to provide training to the Timorese FALINTIL-Timorese Defence Forces (F-FDTL).Minister Branco said...
Sat, Jan 2015, 11:16
purchase-of-vehicles-for-zeems-claims-procurement-regulations-circumventedMember of Parliament Aderito Hugo has asked why the Council of Ministers did not seek quotes from multiple vehicle dealers before purchasing two Toyota Prados for the Special Zones of Social Market...
Thu, Jan 2015, 16:12
dna-testing-facilities-neededThe Criminal Investigation Service (SIK) has called on the government to purchase DNA testing equipment.SIK commander Superintendent Ludgerio Lay said DNA material was presently sent to Indonesia,...

Editorial Corner

Wed, Nov 2014, 17:09
family-planning-and-the-millennium-development-goalsThe Timorese government recently released its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report for 2014. Overall the MDG indicators show that living standards and human development have improved significantly...
Mon, Oct 2014, 16:49
and-why-is-it-that-timor-leste-needs-a-media-lawThere will soon be a Media Law for Timor-Leste to include a media regulator authority, this seems more a matter of time rather than a point for debate. But why is it that we need one, or rather why is...
Wed, Nov -0001, 08:22
editorialThis week Timor-Leste is in shock after the gruesome murder of Rita Soares.  The young woman was found washed up on the beach in Metiaut, with her body in a terrible condition after being beaten and tied...


Thu 27 Nov 2014, 12:05
timorese-judges-life-under-threat-who-is-not-telling-the-truth-hereIt was widely reported by international media, especially by those in Portugal and “copied pasted” by few local media and went viral on social media that “Timorese judges’ life was under threat”.The...


Fri, Mar 2014, 18:56
a-journey-to-health-begins-for-lucasElda de Jesus is a poor subsistence farmer, raising vegetables to feed her family on the outskirts of Dili. But she didn't need a medical degree to know that the blood noses, headaches and wildly racing...
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Editorial Corner

According to the Deputy Commander of the Immigration Police Service (SPI), Chief Inspector Luis Barreto, his Unit by law does not have the competence to search passengers’ bags.
He said this in relation to claims that his Unit, the SPI, is responsible for the availability of illegal drugs in Timor-Leste.


“Our problem is that we are not mandated by law to search bags for drugs. That is the role of the Criminal Investigation Unit, they are mandated to investigate cases while the searching bags is the responsibility of Customs officials,” said Chief Inspector Barreto, last week, from his office in Vila-Verde, in Dili.

“We can only check whether travelers have the right documentation such as valid passports and visa documents,” he added.

When after a criminal investigation a foreigner is deemed to have illegally brought drugs into the country, “we will start a process called voluntary abandonment or even deport the person should that be the decision of the courts,” said Chief Inspector Barreto.

In the meantime, according to a source who declined to be identified from the Criminal Investigation Service (SIC), many drugs are available in the capital Dili, but the police so far has not been able to arrest anyone because the drugs circulate underground.

TDW tried to confirm the above statement with the Commander for SIC, Superintendent Calistro Gonzaga, but he was not available for an interview.

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