WHO delivers emergency medical camp kits to Timor-Leste Tuesday, 17 November 2015 11:03 The World Health Organization (WHO) delivered emergency medical camp kits including tents, beds and medicines to the Ministry of Health (MoH) to assist the ministry being prepared to respond quickly in the event of disaster. Read the Full Story
Rede ba Rai: Land disputes remain source of social conflict Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:24 The Coordinator of Rede ba Rai (Network for Land) organization Roberto Aleixo da Cruz said land disputes continue to be a source of social conflict because a land law has not yet been passed. Read the Full Story
Government to allow two additional flights to Timor-Leste Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:21 The Vice Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communication Eng Inacio Moreira said the Timorese government has pledged to allow two additional flights to fly to Timor-Leste. Read the Full Story
UNDP: PNTL Makes Significant Progress Tuesday, 10 November 2015 09:35 The Security Sector Project Manager of the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) Naldo Rei said the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) has made significant progress in the undertaking of their duties since 2013. Read the Full Story
MP: TL has to improve conditions in the country before adhering to ASEAN Thursday, 05 November 2015 15:25 National Member of Parliament MP Ilda Maria da Conceição said the Timorese government will need to improve the conditions within the country first so that Timor-Leste can adhere to ASEAN, rather than undertaking negotiations with other regional countries. Read the Full Story
image WHO delivers emergency medical camp kits to Timor-Leste
image Rede ba Rai: Land disputes remain source of social conflict
image Government to allow two additional flights to Timor-Leste
image UNDP: PNTL Makes Significant Progress
image MP: TL has to improve conditions in the country before adhering to ASEAN


Tue 17 Nov 2015, 11:37
sem-most-339-beneficiary-groups-not-successfulThe Secretary of State for Promotion of Women’s Socio-Economy (SEM) Veneranda Lemos Martins said from 2008 to 2014, most of 339 women beneficiary groups funded by the public transfer fund by the then...
Tue 17 Nov 2015, 11:26
police-station-in-mate-la-hotu-sub-village-no-staffedNational Member of Parliament MP David Dias Ximenes questioned why the police station set up by the Commander of the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) in conflict risk area in the capital Dili of Mate...
Wed 11 Nov 2015, 09:42
mp-hits-at-government-for-not-taking-into-account-mp-s-monitoring-dutiesNational Member of Parliament MP Francisco da Costa said the public’s money is going to waste because the government does not consider the monitoring results provided by MPs following municipal monitoring...


Tue 10 Nov 2015, 10:09
road-dili-ainaro-under-constructionThe Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communication (MPWTC) Gastao de Sousa said the government has begun rehabilitation and construction of the Dili to Ainaro road.   Minister Sousa said the...
Tue 27 Oct 2015, 11:55
mp-faculto-planting-trees-in-the-rainy-reason-makes-more-sense-than-in-the-dry-seasonMember of the National Parliament MP Eladio Faculto urged the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment (MCIA) to plant trees and plants during the rainy season and not in the dry season or else the...
Wed 07 Oct 2015, 10:13
irrigation-infrastructure-broken-in-seixalMember of the National Parliament MP Ana Ribeiro said the irrigation infrastructure across four regional locations - Kasameta, Sobabere, Ososege and Dareisi - in Seixal  in the Municipality of Baucua, are...


Wed 11 Nov 2015, 12:15
mp-ministry-of-education-needs-to-assess-overseas-qualificationsNational Member of Parliament MP Francisco Branco urges the Ministry of Education (ME) to assess all the qualifications obtained by Timorese who studied overseas because some universities offer...
Wed 11 Nov 2015, 11:19
me-has-distributed-50-000-desk-to-schools-across-the-countryThe General Director of Cooperative Services of the Ministry of Education (ME) Antoninho Pires said the ministry has distributed 50.000 desks to schools across the whole country.   He said the...
Thu 05 Nov 2015, 15:54
msitl-raises-awareness-on-reproductive-and-sexual-health-to-studentsThe Deputy Program Manager of Marie Stopes International Timor-Leste (MSITL), Juliao da Silva, said the MSITL team has been raising awareness to students in basic and secondary schools across Dili...


Thu 05 Nov 2015, 16:19
msitl-delivers-family-planning-services-through-mobile-clinics-in-the-municipalitiesThe Deputy Program Manager of Marie Stope’s International Timor-Leste (MSITL) Julio da Silva said the NGO has established mobile clinic units across the municipalities of Timor-Leste to provide rural...
Tue 27 Oct 2015, 10:48
regular-blood-donation-prevents-blood-pressureThe Chief of the National Blood Bank at the National Hospital Guido Validares (HNGV) in the capital Dili, Arsenio Jose Afonso said regular blood donationscan reduce the risk of blood pressure can prevent...
Thu 01 Oct 2015, 14:19
shio-groups-established-in-7-municipalitiesThe Executive Director of Alola Foundation Alzira Reis said her foundation has established the Suku Hadomi Inan ho Oan (SHIO) group in seven municipalities in Timor-Leste that will launch a campaign and...

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...


Tue, Nov 2015, 11:15
pntl-policewomen-in-need-of-leadership-trainingThe Gender Focal Point at the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) Superintendent Umbelina Soares said the institution’s women personnel need leadership training to they can take on leadership...
Tue, Nov 2015, 09:22
over-12-000-timorese-women-receive-family-planning-servicesThe Deputy Program Manager of International NGO Marie Stopes International Timor-Leste (MSITL) Juliao da Silva said that over 12.000 women so far have received Family Planning services from January to...
Thu, Nov 2015, 16:05
alfela-trains-lawyers-to-defend-victims-of-gender-based-violenceThe Director of the Legal Assistance for Women and Children (ALFeLa) Program Merita Correia said they have prepared five lawyers to provide assistance to victims of gender based violence in the...


Wed, Nov 2015, 10:54
afm-raising-awareness-about-children-rights-in-the-community-is-keyThe President of Women’s Association for Manatuto Municipality (AFM) Clara de Carvalho Ximenes said its members are working with municipal based child protection officials to deliver an awareness raising...
Wed, Oct 2015, 11:12
alfela-46-of-cases-seen-are-sexual-assault-cases-of-girls-younger-than-16-years-oldThe Executive Director of the Legal Assistance for Women and Children (ALFeLa) Merita Correia said in 2014, 46% of cases it received pertained to cases of 16 year old girls who were sexually assaulted by...
Tue, Mar 2015, 23:10
dengue-starts-attacking-the-childrenThe Dengue Focal Point at the Ministry of Health, Doctor Frederico Bosco said during to first two months of 2015, in January and so far in February, 97 cases of dengue have been detected with that...


Tue, Nov 2015, 10:51
pntl-mobile-treatment-units-lack-of-medicinesThe Clinical Director of the National Police Force (PNTL) Chief Inspector Abilio Gonçalves said mobile treatment units for PNTL personally in the 12 municipalities are not operational due the limitation...
Tue, Nov 2015, 09:45
couples-make-peace-at-the-dili-municipal-courtAccused JS (husband) was tried at the Dili Municipal Court (DMC) under domestic violence charges relating to an incident where JS attacked victim CC (wife); but in the end the couple decided put their...
Tue, Oct 2015, 11:01
pntl-allocates-255-000-for-boat-maintenanceThe Commander of the Maritime Police Unit (UPM) of the National Police PNTL, Lino Saldanha said the PNTL has allocated $225.000 to for the maintenance of 17 boats that have not been operations for thee...

Editorial Corner

Mon, Nov 2015, 11:18
dr-poonam-khetrapal-singh-regional-director-who-south-east-asia-regionAntibiotics – Handle With Care Every five minutes a child dies due to drug-resistant bacteria in the WHO South-East Asia Region. Drugs that were effective in treating deadly diseases such as...
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...


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...

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.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

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