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Working to combat human trafficking Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:13 Organisations are working to raise awareness about human trafficking, as reports find Timor-Leste is a source and destination country for people who have been sold or tricked into slavery.
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Seven arrested for illegal gambling Thursday, 03 July 2014 10:08 Officers of the Becora Police Station in Dili arrested seven individuals who were then charged with illegal gambling offences related to the sales of illegal coupons of SDSB, a popular game.
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Public Ministry proposes amendment to Penal Code to criminalize incest Tuesday, 24 June 2014 16:20 The General Prosecutor for the Republic of Timor-Leste (PGR), Jose Ximenes said that the Public Ministry submitted a proposal for amendment of the Penal Code to the Ministry of Justice to add an article criminalizing incest.
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SEPFOPE Registers 40 Labour Dispute Cases in 2014 Tuesday, 24 June 2014 15:39 From January until April 2014, the Secretariat of State for Vocational Training Policy and Employment (SEPFOPE) through the National Directorate for Employment Relations (DNRT) registered 40 cases involving labour disputes between workers and employers.
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Public unaware of role of Public Lawyers Thursday, 12 June 2014 15:16 The NGO Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP) conducted a two year long research project and its findings reveal that the community is still largely unaware of the role of Public Lawyers. 
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Tue 22 Jul 2014, 22:52
rubbish-warriors-volunteers-clean-up-dili-s-beachesVolunteers have begun a weekly cleanup of Dili’s beaches in an attempt to reduce the amount of rubbish going into our oceans.The event was started five weeks ago, when Conservation International, Dive...
Mon 21 Jul 2014, 12:46
international-conference-puts-timor-leste-in-the-spotlightThe Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) conference will meet in Dili to discuss the future of the organisation and their relationships in the region.From July 17-July 23 the 10th...
Tue 15 Jul 2014, 10:51
transcending-gender-in-timor-lesteDespite the discrimination and stigma they face every day, Timor-Leste’s transgender, gay and bisexual community are learning to deal with abuse in constructive ways.Amid reports of discrimination...


Tue 22 Jul 2014, 23:52
ailo-lalang-road-in-disrepairMember of Parliament Manuel Salsinha has criticized the poor condition of the national road which stretches from Ailo Lalang village to Fatuberlico in Ainaro district.Deputy Salsinha said the damaged...
Wed 16 Jul 2014, 23:53
lives-at-risk-on-fatuberlico-roadMembers of Parliament have lamented the condition of the Fatuberlico sub-district road, which is full of pot holes.Deputy Manuel Salsinha said the road from Liquintai-Maubise to Fatuberlico was in...
Thu 03 Jul 2014, 14:59
hh-asks-community-groups-about-a-garden-project-in-ermera-districtPrior to implementing a community garden pilot project in Ermera District, the health NGO Hamutuk Ita Ajuda Malu (HIAM Health) conducted a workshop in the community to listen to the ideas and suggestions...


Tue 22 Jul 2014, 23:07
mp-government-must-provide-teacher-housingMember of National Parliament Paulino Monteiro has suggested the government provide homes for teachers who live far from their schools.   The Democratic Party member said distance caused problems for...
Tue 15 Jul 2014, 11:13
traditional-music-to-be-taught-in-schoolsPlans to teach traditional music in schools are being embraced as a way to ensure customs are passed on to younger generations.The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Secretary of State...
Fri 20 Jun 2014, 15:17
ministry-of-education-unesco-to-open-science-labs-in-all-schoolsThe Ministry of Education in partnership with United Nations Agency UNESCO intends to open science laboratories in all secondary schools in the country. Vice Minister for Basic Education, Dulce de Jesus...


Tue 22 Jul 2014, 23:32
push-to-include-sexual-health-on-national-education-curriculumThe Secretary-General for the National Commission for Combating HIV/AIDS in Timor-Leste (CNCS-TL) Daniel Marcal has recommended to the government the inclusion of sexual health as a subject in the...
Thu 17 Jul 2014, 00:08
hiam-health-denies-ministry-of-health-supportHamutuk Ita Ajuda Malu (HIAM) Health director Rosaria Martins da Cruz has rejected claims that the organization was provided financial support by the Ministry of Health to help combat malnutrition.She...
Wed 16 Jul 2014, 23:38
hngv-establishes-information-and-complaint-centerNational Hospital of Guido Valadares (HNGV) administrator Francisco Pereira do Rego says the hospital has established a center to provide information to communities.The center will also hear...

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Fri 20 Jun 2014, 12:21
ulmera-primary-school-students-learning-in-dirty-classroomsMembers of the National Parliament, Commission F, were confronted with the sight of students of the Ulmera primary School in Liquiça town who are getting an education amidst squalid conditions. “When we...
Mon 16 Jun 2014, 10:52
daulala-sub-village-community-does-not-have-access-to-clean-waterThe community of Daulala sub-village, Fahirai village, Aileu district, has lived without access to clean water since 2002. Fahirai’s village chief, Luis Nemao said the community uses water from the river...
Wed 11 Jun 2014, 15:39
219-villages-have-not-received-any-health-assistanceHealth Minister Sergio da Costa Lobo said residents from 219 villages have never received any form of health assistance since Timor-Leste’s independence as no health staff had ever worked in those...
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Tue, Jul 2014, 23:44
education-key-to-preventing-infanticidePoor family education is contributing to high rates of infanticide in Timor-Leste, and in particular in Dili, according to Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality (SEPI) Idelta Maria...
Thu, Jul 2014, 00:40
man-beats-wife-over-dinner-disputeThe Dili District Court has sentenced a man who brutally assaulted his wife because dinner was not to his liking.The victim told the Dili District Court she did not have enough money to buy vegetables...
Tue, Jul 2014, 14:46
protecting-women-from-gender-based-violenceVictims of gender-based violence are more aware of their rights, but work is still being done to ensure women feel more protected by domestic violence laws. The Law Against Domestic Violence (LADV) was...


Tue, Jul 2014, 23:18
education-subsidy-scamMember of National Parliament Leonel Marcal has requested the Ministry of Social Solidarity investigate the vocal point in charge of the maternal subsidy program in Oesilo, Oe-Cusse, following reports...
Thu, Jul 2014, 00:23
jsmp-public-prosecutor-needed-to-handle-child-sexual-assault-casesThe Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP) has called on the government to provide a public prosecutor to deal specifically with cases involving the sexual assault of children.JSMP legal research...
Tue, Jul 2014, 15:57
tennis-in-timor-leste-serves-up-life-lessonsTennis programs in Timor-Leste are encouraging both young and old to be active in their communities. The Timor-Leste Tennis Federation (Federasaun de Tenis de Timor-Leste,FETTIL) has bought people...


Fri, Jul 2014, 11:32
fds-beat-mb-for-not-having-moneyOut of frustration for not having money, FDS the husband of MB beat her up after she asked him to give her money to go and buy medicines for their sick child. The accusation by the of Ministry of Public...
Thu, Jun 2014, 15:34
jsmp-is-concerned-about-public-lawyers-for-lack-of-facilitiesThe Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP) is very concerned about the lack of facilities at the Institute of Public Lawyers so it can carry out its duties. JSMP executive director, Luis de Oliveira...
Wed, Jun 2014, 15:51
still-no-suspect-in-mnek-murderNo suspects have been found by the Criminal Investigation Service (SIK) in the murder of a man known as JP who was stabbed to death two months ago in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and...

Editorial Corner

Wed, Jul 2013, 09:58
media-freedomMedia freedom is an important part of a functioning democracy. For Timor-Leste, many steps have been taken to ensure that this is the case and in theory, the media in Timor-Leste should be incredibly...
Fri, Apr 2013, 17:02
overview-interconnection-development-in-east-timorA. Estrutura Desenvolvimento Regulamentu InterligasaunInterligasaun hanesan mos tema sentral iha regulamentu interligasaun kuandu industria telekomunikasaun muda nia estrutura husi monopoli ba...
Fri, Apr 2013, 17:02
overview-interconnection-development-in-east-timor61A. Interconnection regulation Development Framework Interconnection is a central issue in the regulation of telecommunications as the telecommunications industry transformed from a monopolistic structure...


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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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