The UNDP Justice System Programme (JSP), together with the Public Defender’s Office (PDO), hosted a seminar, “The Role of the Public Defender’s Office in Safeguarding Human Rights in Timor-Leste” on 9–10 October 2017.
Participants heard from guest speakers from Brazil, public defenders and attorneys specializing in human rights, who spoke on the duties of public defenders with respect to protecting the rights of criminal suspects and victims, the application of criminal law, the enforcement of criminal sentences, and anti-corruption.
UNDP Country Director Mr. Claudio Providas highlighted the partnership between the Ministry of Justice, the Public Defender’s Office, the Brazilian Cooperation Agency and the Governments of Korea and Japan with the Justice System Programme of UNDP.
He advised that he hopes this partnership would contribute to the debate on how to improve human rights through the mechanism of the Public Defender’s Office as well as further strengthening the capacity in the justice sector.
The Vice-Minister of Justice, H.E. Sebastiao Dias Ximenes, stated his appreciation for all the organizers and hoped that attendees could make good use of the opportunity to learn from both the Brazilian and Timorese perspectives.