Timor Leste/East Timor Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review, 11 October 2012

Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review, 11 October 2012

National News-Broadcast 
·        Japan ready to support TL with capacity building 
·        Ministry for Social Solidarity allocates funds for local NGOs 
·        National NGOs call on ConocoPhillips-Woodside to understand agreement 

National News-Press 
·        UN calls on TL to send military advisor to Guinea-Bissau 
·        Atauro Island life under threat 
·        Lifese: Government ignored pontoon warning 
·        Parliament elects State Security and Defence Council members 
·        PNTL Commander informs Parliaments about Police Information Service 
·        Timor-Leste peace activist honoured for her work in the frontline of conflict 

International News 
·        UN News Centre: At conference, Ban highlights role of police peacekeeping to uphold rule of law 
·        Macauhub (China): Central bank governors meet Wednesday in Macau 
·        ABC Radio Australia: Plea to help Timorese students 
·        Australian Associated Press: East Timor health fund help needed 

·        Royal Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta: Norway gives $2.27 million to boost Timor-Leste’s Justice System 

National News-Broadcast 

Japan ready to support TL with capacity building 
Radio e Televisão de Timor-Leste, 10 October 2012 

Secretary of State for ASEAN Affairs, Roberto Soares said that the Japanese Government sent 19 of his staff members to take part a training course in Singapore, and that Japan is ready to support Timor-Leste with capacity building in order to better prepare its human resources before joining ASEAN. 

“We thank the Japanese Embassy and Japan Institute Cooperation Agency (JICA) for their readiness to support us to develop our human resources,” said Soares. 

Director for JICA Hirohiko Takata said that Japan will provide training in areas such as economics and human resource development. 

Japanese ambassador to Timor-Leste Yoshitaka Hanada said that the Japanese Government will strengthen its cooperation with Timor-Leste’s Government to realize its dream of joining ASEAN. 

“Japan will continue to cooperate with Timor-Leste to realize its dream to join ASEAN,” said Hanada. 

Ministry for Social Solidarity allocates funds for local NGOs 
Radio e Televisão de Timor-Leste, 10 October 2012   

Deputy Minister for Social Solidarity, Jacinto Rigoberto said that the Ministry of Social Solidarity worked together with the International Agency for Peace Building in Timor-Leste to grant funds for ten local NGOs that had fulfilled the criteria to work on peace building in Timor-Leste. 

Rigoberto said that each NGO received $25,000 to implement peace building, and that the fund would help socialization of the martial arts law in terms of peace building and conflict prevention. 

National NGOs call on ConocoPhillips-Woodside to understand agreement 
Radio Televisão de Timor-Leste, 10 October 2012   

National NGOs have called on Woodside and ConocoPhillips Companies to understand the legal agreement that they signed to pay tax to Timor-Leste. 

Civil society organizations called on both companies to present a detailed report from 2010 to 2011 because neither company has submitted a report to the Government of Timor-Leste. 

National News – Press 

UN calls on Timor-Leste to send military advisor to Guinea-Bissau 
Timor Post (Page 19) 

The United Nations (UN) has called on the Timorese Defence Force (F-FDTL) to send a military advisor to Guinea-Bissau to help the UN Peacekeeping Mission. 

“The UN has called on us to send a military advisor to Guinea Bissau,” said Defence Commander Lere Anan Timur. 

The F-FDTL officer who will go to Guinea Bissau will be selected and nominated by the defence force commander, and then become an advisor in Guinea-Bissau. 
Secretary of State for Defence Julio Thomas Pinto said that the Timorese Defence Force have prepared themselves to be involved in United Nations missions. 

“The F-FDTL command will nominate a senior member as a coronel to join the UN Mission and become an advisor at the Mission in Guinea-Bissau,” said Pinto. 

Pinto said that the F-FDTL Command is running the selection process for the officers. The process is led by the defence commander. 

F-FDTL members have participated in Peacekeeping Forces as observers to UN missions in conflict countries, said Pinto. 

“Now, our force is participating in the Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan as military observers,” said Pinto. 

In 2011 the F-FDTL sent officers to participate in the UN Mission in Lebanon. The officers returned to Timor-Leste a few months ago after completing their mission, said Pinto. 

Atauro Island life under threat 
Independente (English-page 9) 

Atauro Island’s peaceful, relaxed way of life is under threat, a number of business consortiums have visited the island recently to investigate the possibility of establishing a large casino. 

Barry Hilton, who operates an eco-lodge on the island, is concerned that such a venture could have a devastating impact on the island and its people. 

Barry has worked on Atauro for close to a decade to develop a system of ethnical tourism. Income which comes from tourists is used to run the eco-lodge but is also invested back into the community on a range of project including village water supplies and scholarships for local students. 

Lifese: Government ignored pontoon warning 
Independente (English-page 9) 

The poor condition of the F-FDTL Naval Port in Hera is not the responsibility of the Australian company, Lifese Ltd, but is the failure of the Government of Timor-Leste, said the company’s representative John Dowd. 

Dowd said that before construction began his company presented a design on the port but the naval commander did not agree and wanted the company to put the pontoon somewhere else. 

“Lifese Pty Ltd was prevented by the commander of the navy from constructing the mooring facilities at the location for which they were designed. The original site has sufficient depth not only to protect the pontoons from grounding on the floor harbor but to allow a sufficient depth of water to permit full use of the pontoons on both sides of the wharf,” said Dowd. 

“It is hardly rocket science to work out that a 40 ton pontoon grounding at one end exerts enormous pressure; it was therefore obvious at that time that without dredging the pontoon would be broken,” said Dowd. 

Parliament elects State Security and Defence Council members 
Diário Nacional (cover page) 

MPs in Parliament have elected new members of the State Security and Defence Council. 

The members of the State Security and Defence Council were elected through a secret poll which was held in Parliament yesterday. 

The eight members are Jose Agustinho “Somoco” Sequira, Sergio de Jesus, Fernandes da Costa, Vidal “Riak Leman” de Jesus, Delfina Fatima da Costa, Lourdes Maria Asuncao, Duarte Nunes, Bilo Mali and David Diaz Ximenes.   

PNTL Commander informs Parliament about Police Information Service 
Timor Post (page 3) 

Timorese National Police (PNTL) Commander Longuinhos Monteiro informed National Parliament’s Committee B about the Police Information Service (SIP) on Wednesday (10/10). 

Monteiro said that Committee B’s visit to PNTL Headquarters was to learn about the SIP. 

“The Committee visited and meet us to find out information about the SIP Unit’s work, activities, and the difficulties that this unit has been facing,” said Monteiro. 

Timor-Leste peace activist honoured for her work in the frontline of conflict 

10 October, Manila – Sister Lourdes from Timor-Leste, known as ‘Mana Lou’, was among six women peace activists from conflict-affected countries in Asia who received top honuors this week in a ceremony presided by President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines, with a message of support  from Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee of Liberia . 

Eight women and one man received the N-PEACE awards in Asia for their relentless efforts to build peace in the midst of chaos, sometimes putting their own lives on the line. 

Sister Lourdes from Liquica District developed a solidarity network across Timor-Leste, to help the most vulnerable communities in their struggles against poverty. 

Her organization, ISMAIK, offers urgent humanitarian assistance, and supports long term efforts to improve lives and preserve local culture. Mana Lou heroically reached out to all sides during the country’s struggle for independence, risking her life to visit refugee camps, often in remote and dangerous areas. 

International News 

At conference, Ban highlights role of police peacekeeping to uphold rule of law 
UN News Centre, 10 October 2012 

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spotlighted the role that police peacekeepers play in upholding the rule of law and helping countries achieve lasting progress, while calling on countries to boost support for their work. 

“United Nations police work in some of the toughest environments in the world. They serve communities. They bring stability. They inspire trust,” he said in a video message to a high-level conference on international police peacekeeping, held in Berlin, Germany. 

“UN Police are adapting to meet emerging threats, and they train local officers so that positive change takes deep root in society,” he said. 

Some 13,500 police officers from nearly 90 countries serve under the UN flag, and Mr. Ban stressed that as they grow in numbers, so do their responsibilities. In response, the UN is developing a strategic guidance framework for police peacekeeping, he said. 

“I appreciate the support of Member States, but we need to do more. We especially need more female police. Women police can more easily earn the trust of local women. That means more victims come forward and we can stop more crime.” 

The conference, which will end tomorrow, was jointly organized by the German Government and the UN, with more than 200 participants in attendance. 

Central bank governors meet Wednesday in Macau 
Macauhub (China), 10 October 2012 

The governors of the central banks of Portugal, Mozambique and Cape Verde are due Wednesday in Macau to take part in a financial forum to discuss relations between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries, the Monetary Authority of Macau (AMCM) said Tuesday in a statement. 

The initiative is entitled, “Encouraging Macau’s role as a platform and boosting economic and financial development between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries,” and the panel of speakers includes, as well as the governors of the central banks of Portugal, Carlos Costa, Mozambique, Ernesto Gouveia Gove, and Cape Verde, Carlos Burgo, three representatives of the Timor-Leste (East Timor) regulator body and the heads of the financial services offices of Shanghai and Guangdong. 

The event is expected to bring together over 100 people, including representatives of local financial institutions, consuls-general or honorary consuls from Portuguese-speaking countries and representatives of the Macau government departments. 

Plea to help Timorese students 
ABC Radio Australia, 11 October 2012 

Former East Timor president Jose Ramos-Horta has called for help for students wanting to study in Tasmania. 

The Nobel Peace Prize winner has addressed students at Hobart’s Fahan School. 

He spoke about issues facing his country’s young population and plans to improve education. 

Dr Ramos-Horta says only two East Timorese currently study in the state and has called for scholarships to attract more. 

“We have all together 600 Timorese students in Australia, most of them with full scholarships paid for by our own Government, many paid by AusAid and maybe Tasmania as a very rich state could receive quite a few more.” 

Education Minister Nick McKim has supported the call. 

“They have immense benefit not only economically but benefit to our community and the more international students we see here the happier I am,” he said. 

“The Government has announced recently some new strategies to do more to attract international students to Tasmania, I spoke to a number of agents around the world only last week.” 

East Timor health fund help needed 
Australian Associated Press, 11 October 2012, by Lauren Turner 

INTESTINAL worms affect up to half of East Timor’s children and former president Jose Ramos-Horta is calling on Australians to help eradicate the “scourge” within five years. 

The “very debilitating” worms result in malnutrition, anaemia and stunted growth, and can lead to children dropping out of school as they become too unwell to attend classes. 

“It really affects seriously a child developing in every sense,” Dr Ramos-Horta told a gathering in Sydney. 

A program to provide anti-parasitic drugs to Timor-Leste has been set up in a bid to combat the disease – the first project of the University of Sydney’s Isin-Di’ak Fund which aims to improve the health of the people of East Timor. 

Addressing a corporate breakfast in the CBD hosted by the Rotary Club of Sydney, Dr Ramos-Horta said rapid improvements in health were within reach. 

“With the technical support of Sydney University medical school, our minister of health and a generous contribution from the Australian Federal Government and the Australian citizens, we can in five years see these problems eliminated in Timor-Leste,” the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate said. 

“You are contributing to eliminating this scourge.” 

Dr Ramos-Horta said the program was “incredibly important” and encouraging as it’s “doable within a relatively short period of time”. 

The program also aims to help the 23,000 East Timorese infected with elephantiasis, a parasitic disease that causes limbs to swell. 

“This is a very cost-effective program that could eliminate two very significant diseases that cause a great deal of suffering,” said Professor Peter McMinn, Bosch chair of infectious diseases at Sydney University. 

About 5000 health volunteers will be trained to administer drugs to the East Timorese which have been donated by pharmaceutical companies. 

They aim to reach 80 per cent of the population of 1.2 million people – everyone over the age of one, with the exception of pregnant women. 

It is hoped the first vaccinations will be given in June 2013 as part of the five year program. 


Norway gives $2.27 million to boost Timor-Leste’s Justice System 
Royal Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta, 9 October 2012 

Access to justice for vulnerable groups and the capacity of key justice sector institutions will be strengthened with a two-year $2.27 million grant from Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Norway has been contributing to the strengthening of Timor-Leste’s justice system since 2003. 

The agreement, signed this week between Norway’s MFA and UNDP Timor-Leste, will channel Norwegian support through the UNDP Justice System Program (JSP) and contribute to efforts of Timor-Leste’s justice institutions to develop capacities of justice sector institutions to deliver effective justice, particularly for the vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Timor-Leste. 

“International support for the justice system of Timor-Leste must be commensurate with the important goals that it serves. The rule of law not only provides a mean by which justice can be done and human rights can be protected, it also supplies the necessary framework for social harmony and economic development. Norway is proud of being a partner to Government of Timor-Leste through the Justice System Program” said Stig I. Traavik, Norways’s Ambassador. “Strong and effective justice system is critical for Timor-Leste’s stability and development. We are grateful for Norway’s cooperation in strengthening rule of law in Timor-Leste” said Finn Reske-Nielsen, Acting Special representative of the Secretary General. 

The agreement was signed by Norway’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Stig I. Traavik and Acting Special Representative of the Secretary General, Finn Reske-Nielsen. 

UNDP has been supporting Timor-Leste’s justice sector since 2002, assisting Timor-Leste’s courts, the Office of the Prosecutor General, the Public Defender’s Office and the Ministry of Justice to strengthen the justice sector and to increase people’s access to justice. 

The JSP works with the Government of Timor-Leste to support the following areas: increase local justice services in districts, increased capacity of the Prosecution and Courts, improved social reintegration for prisoners, and better access to justice for all Timorese people, especially vulnerable groups and women. 

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