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Bishop opposes AIDS prevention initiatives Tuesday, 14 October 2014 14:33 The Catholic church has strongly objected to a proposal by members of Parliament and the National Commission to Combat HIV/AIDS - Timor-Leste to provide a safe place for prostitution in order to arrest the spread of the HIV virus.  Read the Full Story
AIDS shelter to lessen sting of discrimination Tuesday, 14 October 2014 14:25 The National Commission to Combat HIV/AIDS - Timor-Leste (CNCS-TL) is working in partnership with the government to establish a shelter to house HIV/AIDS sufferers. Read the Full Story
Timor-Leste to Set Up Media Regulatory Body Tuesday, 14 October 2014 14:19 Timor-Leste will create a new institution to regulate media. Read the Full Story
Sluggish private sector brings down growth Tuesday, 14 October 2014 14:12 Timor-Leste’s 2014 non-petroleum sector derived economic growth is projected to hit 8 per cent, according to government estimates. Read the Full Story
Timor-Leste tourist potential touted Wednesday, 08 October 2014 14:29 Timorese planning their next holiday should consider exploring the natural beauty of their own nation rather than heading overseas to destinations such as Bali. Read the Full Story
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Wed 15 Oct 2014, 10:28
government-in-hot-water-for-shunning-local-productsThe decision by the government to use Indonesia bottled water at recent international events such as the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) conference, instead of a local product, has drawn...
Tue 14 Oct 2014, 15:35
dumping-decrees-ignoredDili residents are failing to obey the government’s ban on dumping rubbish outside the hours of 4.30am and 7am due to a lack of awareness of the decree.Member of Parliament Ilda Maria da Concencao...
Tue 14 Oct 2014, 15:21
sema-reviews-biodiversity-5-year-plan-for-timor-lesteThe Secretariat of State for the Environment (SEMA) has conducted a workshop with stakeholders to review Timor-Leste’s five-year biodiversity plan.Secretariat of State for Environment general director...


Wed 15 Oct 2014, 11:08
sepfope-to-rehabilitate-community-tourism-sitesThe State Secretariat for Vocational Training and Employment (SEPFOPE) has begun a project to rehabilitate tourism sites.Secretary of State (SE) Ilidio Ximenes da Costa said the tourism industry could...
Tue 14 Oct 2014, 15:11
tl-s-petroleum-industry-an-example-to-the-worldTimor-Leste has become an example to the world for its transparency within the petroleum sector, according to Petroleum and Mineral Resources minister Alfredo Pires.Pires said although Timor-Leste had...
Tue 14 Oct 2014, 15:03
sao-tome-and-principe-to-support-timor-leste-justice-sectorThe government of São Tomé and Príncipe will help Timor-Leste develop its justice sector as part of an effort to strengthen relations between the two nations.  São Tomé and Príncipe foreign affairs...


Wed 15 Oct 2014, 11:01
haburas-provides-tourism-trainingNGO Haburas has provided training to community tourism operations in Lautem, Liquisa and Aileu about management, cooking and guiding tours.Haburas executive director Virgilio Guterres said the...
Wed 15 Oct 2014, 10:51
pregnant-teens-booted-off-scholarship-programWomen’s advocacy group Alola Foundation has withdrawn funding from five scholarship recipients because they fell pregnant.Alola Foundation executive director Alzira Reis said the aim of the...
Wed 15 Oct 2014, 10:44
school-gardens-program-underwayThe Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has co-operated with the Ministry of Education to identify schools to host the schools garden project to support the schools meals program.Minister Mariano...


Fri 19 Sep 2014, 17:26
pacific-partner-force-teams-with-f-fdtl-to-deliver-community-clinicThe Timor-Leste defense force F-FDTL and the 2014 Pacific Partner Force have established an emergency community clinic in Comoro.The Pacific Partner Force is made up of defense personnel from the USA,...
Thu 18 Sep 2014, 14:45
blood-donation-group-to-boost-stocksThe National Blood Bank (BNS) is working to establish a blood donation group to assure blood stocks at the facility and to raise community awareness of blood donations.BNS chief Arcenio Jose Alves...
Fri 08 Aug 2014, 15:04
space-is-limited-medical-service-not-maximalThe health workers’ service in East Timor National Police (PNTL) clinic is not maximal yet because the room is too narrow. Chief of the clinic, inspector Abilio Aroujo said that there are six doctors...

Human Rights

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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Wed, Oct 2014, 14:10
women-make-an-impact-in-resources-industryPetroleum and minerals extraction may be seen as an industry dominated by men but Timorese women have shown they too have the capacity to get the job done.Petroleum and Mineral Resources minister...
Mon, Sep 2014, 10:53
warning-for-chair-attackerThe Dili District Court has handed a warning to a man found guilty of domestic violence.The Public Ministry alleged that on June 15 last year the defendant, known in court as TC, told the victim LC...
Wed, Aug 2014, 12:42
maternal-nutrition-program-ceasedMember of Parliament (MP) Ilda Maria da Conceicao has called on the Ministry of Health to explain why a program which provides corn flour to expectant mothers has been on hold for two months.The...


Wed, Oct 2014, 14:02
child-sex-abuse-rates-highSexual abuse against minors is a major problem in Timor-Leste, according to research by the Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP).JSMP legal researcher Rita Marques said the courts in Dili, Suai,...
Tue, Oct 2014, 23:34
sepfope-prepares-young-workers-to-compete-with-migrant-laborersThe Secretary of State for Vocational Training Policy and Environment (SEPFOPE) has provided training to 150 Oe-cusse youths to prepare them for the implementation of the Special Economic Market Zone...
Fri, Sep 2014, 10:43
more-than-half-of-timorese-under-5s-malnourishedResearch conducted by the Ministry of Health and UNICEF in 2013 shows that half of all Timorese children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition.Ministry of Health department of nutrition chief...


Wed, Oct 2014, 11:13
mj-tl-international-passport-standardization-is-on-the-bidThe project to bring Timor-Leste’s passports in line with international standards is out to tender, according to justice minister Dionisio Babo.His ministry has instructed the National Development...
Tue, Oct 2014, 15:29
one-month-in-jail-for-unlicensed-driverA man has been sent to jail for a month and has been disqualified from driving for a year for driving without a license.The accusation by the Public Ministry, read out by Judge Duarte Tilman, stated...
Tue, Oct 2014, 23:19
decapitation-killer-still-at-largeMember of Parliament Ilda Maria da Concencao has criticized the Criminal Investigation Service (SIK) for its failure to lay charges in a decapitation murder two years ago.“The police have failed,” she...

Editorial Corner

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...
Wed, Nov -0001, 08:22
editorial-tdwThe issue of corruption has become the subject of increased political rhetoric and media coverage in the past few years in Timor-Leste, but despite this rhetoric, the willingness of the government and...
Fri, Dec 2012, 14:18
editorial-tdwAs the end of the year approaches it’s a good time to reflect on the achievements of Timor-Leste in 2012, and to look ahead to the challenges of 2013. At the beginning of the year, many were anxious about...


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, October 22, 2014

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