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Force used to move on vendors Monday, 22 December 2014 11:00 Member of Parliament Eladio Faculto has criticized the government for using force to move on fish and coconut vendors at the Lecidere beachfront. Read the Full Story
PNTL service weapons used for hunting Monday, 22 December 2014 10:38 National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) members are using service weapons to hunt animals, according to Member of Parliament Ana Ribeiro. Read the Full Story
MP: Ban import of cigarettes Friday, 19 December 2014 12:22 The government must ban the import of cigarettes into Timor-Leste for the health of its people, says Member of Parliament Eladio Faculto.  Read the Full Story
HIV message not getting through Friday, 19 December 2014 12:05 Timorese visiting sex workers are neglecting to use condoms to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS. Read the Full Story
Haburas NGO laments: government does not even promote Timor-Leste’s own flowers Monday, 15 December 2014 10:20 Non-government organization (NGO) Haburas asks the government to explain why it is not doing more to promote local products and ecotourism across the country. Read the Full Story
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Mon 22 Dec 2014, 11:19
calls-for-investigation-into-works-delaysLuta Hamutuk has called for the government to investigate why emergency works projects scheduled for completion within three months are taking up to a year.Luta Hamutuk director Mericio Akara said the...
Fri 19 Dec 2014, 11:49
electoral-card-fraud-in-timor-lesteMember of Parliament Antoninho Bianco has warned citizens that providing false information to receive more than one voting card is a criminal offence.He said prosecution required a complaint to be...
Wed 10 Dec 2014, 16:08
to-assure-the-work-quality-at-pn-tafo-every-mps-should-have-an-advisorThe Director of Strengthening the Political institution Program the Asia Foundation (TAFO) Hugo Fernandes said to ensure the work quality and effectiveness of member of the national parliament, each ought...


Mon 22 Dec 2014, 11:11
inquiry-to-target-public-works-does-the-verification-on-emergency-projectsThe Parliamentary Inquiry Commission (KIP) has investigated allegations the Secretariat of State for Public Works (SEOP) acted improperly in commissioning emergency works projects in five...
Mon 22 Dec 2014, 10:31
dili-ainaro-road-construction-delays-continueA budget blowout is to blame for delays to the Dili-Ainaro road construction project.Member of Parliament Albina Marcal said the work was scheduled to be completed this year.   “We don’t know what...
Fri 19 Dec 2014, 12:11
rural-villages-still-without-powerThe community of Cova in the sub-district of Balibo within Bobonara has not had electricity from the time of independence until the present day.Member of Parliament Manuel Gaspar Soares da Silva said...


Mon 22 Dec 2014, 10:47
schools-meals-program-gives-kids-food-poisoningThe Education Ministry has failed in its responsibilities as its Schools Meals Program has caused children to fall ill, according to the Timor-Leste Coalition for Education (TLCE).TLCE program manager...
Mon 15 Dec 2014, 10:57
education-overhaul-continuesAnalytical skills and critical thinking will be the focus of the new primary school curriculum to be introduced by the Education Ministry.Deputy Education Minister Dulce de Jesus Soares said the rote...
Mon 24 Nov 2014, 12:10
portuguese-promotion-pushThe Education Ministry, through the National University of Timor Lorosa’e, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Portugal’s University of Coimbra committing the parties to the promotion of the...


Fri 19 Dec 2014, 12:28
ebola-protection-suits-arrive-in-timor-lesteThe World Health Organization (WHO) has provided the Health Ministry with personal protection equipment to protect health workers in the event of suspected Ebola cases.WHO representative Dr Jorge...
Fri 19 Dec 2014, 12:17
family-members-must-step-up-to-help-mental-illness-sufferersFamily support is one of the most important factors in recovery from mental illness, says Psychosocial Recovery and Development in East Timor (PRADET) mental health program co-ordinator Anibal...
Mon 15 Dec 2014, 10:50
mp-laments-midwives-helping-mothers-give-birth-by-candlelightNational Member of Parliament MP Bendita Magno wants to know why midwives at the Fatubolu Health post in Hatulia sub-district, Ermera, are using candle light and mobile phones to assist new mothers...

Human Rights

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...
Tue 11 Nov 2014, 11:25
thai-embassy-donates-computers-to-orphansThe Royal Thai Embassy in Timor-Leste has donated eight computers to the Fundasaun Lar Do Bom Samaritano training centre.The Thai ambassador Tawatchai Koopirot, said the computers were given after...
Tue 11 Nov 2014, 11:19
book-celebrates-freedom-fightersThe Secretary of State for Defence has launched a book chronicling the efforts of freedom fighters who battled for Timorese independence from the day of the Indonesian invasion in 1975 until 1999.The...
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Fri, Nov 2014, 11:01
women-ready-for-election-challengeCAUCUS is providing training for female members of political parties in Aileu, Ermera and Liquisa in preparation for them to compete in the 2016 municipal elections.CAUCUS executive director Paula...
Wed, Nov 2014, 10:45
cash-woes-halt-gender-studies-programsLimited finances are preventing the National University of Timor Lorosa’e’s (UNTL) Gender Studies Centre from conducting research and holding academic debates about gender issues.The centre’s...
Mon, Nov 2014, 16:34
ermera-women-keen-to-take-on-leadership-rolesErmera women are ready to contribute to the district’s pre-decentralization project, says Ermera Women’s Association president Maria da Costa Exposto.Ermera has been chosen by the government to take...


Wed, Dec 2014, 15:23
youth-parliament-complains-of-funding-shortageMembers of the Youth Parliament have complained that they do not receive sufficient funding from the State Secretariat for Youth and Sport (SEJD) to carry out their programs in the districts.Youth...
Fri, Nov 2014, 11:53
uni-students-learn-about-gender-relationsSpanish NGO Paz y Desarrolo (Peace and Development) has been working to improve knowledge of the electoral process and gender relations among Timor-Leste university students.Paz y Desarrolo...
Wed, Nov 2014, 11:08
youth-parliamentarians-learn-about-women-s-rightsThe State Secretariat for the Promotion of Equality (SEPI) is working with the Alola Foundation to provide human rights training to members of the Youth Parliament.The training specifically relates to...


Mon, Dec 2014, 10:54
comoro-squatters-evicts-for-pntls-dormsSquatters living in the former Comoro market will be evicted to establish new National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) dormitories.Dili district administrator Gaspar Soares said as the site was state...
Mon, Dec 2014, 11:02
elderly-disabled-may-miss-out-on-right-to-voteMember of Parliament Antoninho Bianco has criticized the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) for its failure to ensure people in rural areas have voting cards.The elderly and...
Mon, Dec 2014, 17:35
lautem-police-without-uniformsNational Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) Lautem district commander, Superintendent Marcos Sequeira Nunes says officers are forced to wear old, worn-out uniforms despite the fact money was allocated in the...

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.

Monday, December 22, 2014

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