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Internal review leads to a stronger, more focused Ombudsman for Human Rights and Justice

An internal review of the staffing structure of the Provedor for Human Rights and Justice (PDHJ) has led to changes designed to strengthen the accountability and improve the results of the nation’s leading human rights institution. Based on a year-long review which engaged all members of the PDHJ, tmore

Anti-corruption television programmes raise awareness and understanding among citizens and public servants

Dili – Two television programmes, one about the misuse of public property by public servants and the other explaining the role and work of Timor-Leste’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), have been successful in raising awareness on issues related to anti-corruption among both the general public and more


Archival Training Will Help Preserve the Work of the Parliament and History of the Country

Dili – Three Parliament staff members recently completed training on modern archiving methods in an important effort to preserve for all time the past, current and future work of the National Parliament. The weeklong programme was designed to increase participants’ understanding of the internationalmore


Bringing Justice to the People

Maliana –   A father’s assault on his eight-year old daughter. Five violent deaths rooted in a land dispute between family members. A conflict involving religious differences results in homes being destroyed and neighbors in fear for their lives. Since these three crimes happened in Malianmore

Committee C Hosts Seminar on 2014 State Budget to Prepare MPs for Upcoming Debate

Dili – Committee C hosted its annual seminar to help prepare Parliamentarians for the upcoming debate on the 2014 General State Budget scheduled to begin in early November. The one-day event was designed to help improve the quality of the debate and public auditing of the budget by each Committee anmore


Convictions send strong message on state justice system

Sitting on the verandah of his rebuilt home, Camilio dos Santos, the chief of Galitas hamlet (aldeia), reflected on how conflicts used to be resolved in Timor-Leste. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e) “Before independence we relied only on traditional justice to resolve any disputes in communities. It ismore


Dancing to the tune of a better-informed citizenry

Dili – For people living in rural Timor-Leste, access to news and information is extremely limited. Internet access is patchy and expensive, radio and TV are intermittent and newspapers rarely make it outside the capital, Dili. The lack of media and the internet in rural areas is something people acmore


Decentralized training improves justice services

Baucau – All 56 justice officials throughout Timor-Leste are participating in a training programme that combines theoretical, practical and on-the-job learning. The initiative, designed to increase effectiveness and efficiency of justice services, brings trainers to the officials’ workplace, allowinmore


Government Leaders and UNDP Discuss New Programme to Strengthen Justice System

Dili – Leaders of Timor-Leste’s justice institutions met with leaders of UNDP’s Justice System Programme (JSP) today to discuss the new framework for future UNDP assistance in strengthening the country’s justice system. Developed in consultation with UNDP’s government counterparts, the new five yearmore


New Books Engage Timorese Citizens to Fight Corruption

Dili – Timor-Leste’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has added two new sources of information designed to improve the public’s awareness of and increase civic engagement in detecting and preventing corruption. The Anti-Corruption Dictionary and the Strategic Guidance for Outreach Education are the more