24 February 2010

Relatoriu Asosiasaun HAK kona-ba Direitus Umanus iha Distritu sira iha parte Oeste

Semana kotuk, Asosiasaun HAK publika relatoriu ida kona-ba Direitus Umanu iha distritu Covalima no Bobonaro, iha ne’ebé Polisia halao operasaun espesial hodi responde ba informasaun atividade grupo “ninja”. Tuir ligasaun ne’e hodi akompanha kumunikadu impresa iha Tetum no Ingles, no mos relatoriu tomak iha Tetum no Ingles.

HAK haruka ekipa ida ba distritu Bobonaro no Covalima ne’ebé “halibur informasaun husi autoridade komunitariu, governantes lokal, vitima balun, suspeitu sira, membru komunidade, no husi observasaun direitamente ba situasaun fatin sira ne’ebé mensiona eziste terror ‘ninja’. Bazeia ba ami nia observasaun, ami husu atensaun diak husi orgaun kompetenti sira hodi evita situasaun violasaun direitu umanus sai pior liu.”
  1. Rumores Kona-ba “Ninja”
  2. Kazu krimi sira ne’ebé konsidera nudar asaun “Ninja”
  3. Efeitus husi Operasaun PNTL “Kombate Ninja”

Tuir mai iha preokupasaun balun no rekomendasaun tuir mai (hetan ona mudansa iha publikasaun ida ne’e). Tuir ligasaun iha leten atu hetan komunikadu impresa no relatoriu kompletu.
  1. Orgaun kompetenti sira ba seitor siguransa atu halo lalais medidas examinasaun ba politika (kebijakan) Operasaun “espesial PNTL” hodi kombate “ninja”. Iha ka lae nesesidade atu halao operasaun ho forsa polisia ho karakter militar, liuliu tan operasaun ne’e extende tan ba tempu fulan nen ne’ebé inklui ona F-FDTL?.
  2. Orgaun kompetenti sira atu halo lalais revizaun ba Planu Reforma PNTL, hodi nune bele asegura komformidadi ka konsistensia entre saida mak planeia no saida mak implementa.
  3. Parlamentu atu superviza oinsa PNTL implementa lei sira.
  4. Orgaun kompetenti (Unidadi Justisa PNTL ka Prokuradoria) atu foti medidas hodi hametin integridadi PNTL nudar instituisaun ida, no uza medidas propiu ba responsabilidade husi individu-individu membru PNTL ne’ebé komete violasaun direitu umanus ka halo hahalok krimi duranti operasaun komando “espesial” PNTL.
  5. Ministerio Solidaridade e Social (MSS) atu fo asistensia ba ema sira ne’ebé afetadu ka hetan konsekuensia sosial husi operasaun “espesial” PNTL.
  6. Se aban bainrua iha operasaun extra-ordinariu tan, presiza hasae kapasidade investigasaun iha Prokuradoria atu absorve suspeitu sira ne’ebé forsa seguransa sira. kaptura.
  7. Ba entidades hotu atu refleta historia ita nian no sofrementu naruk durante okupasaun Indonesia, atu sai ispiritu fundamentu ba politika dezenvolvimentu instituisaun PNTL no F-FDTL ne’ebé sai duni entidade sira ne’ebé sei serve povo, laos serve interese poder husi ema individual balun.
La’o Hamutuk hakerek anunsiu ida ne’e no publika relatoriu ne’e nudar ajudu ida ba ami nia vizino besik HAK, ne’ebé sira iha problema ho internet no asesu ba e-mail (ida ne’e besik akontese ba ema hotu iha Timor-Leste). Maske ami la involve iha produzaun relatoriu ida ne’e, ami fiar katak kontuidu relatoriu ne’e sei espalha luan liu tan.

HAK Association report on Human Rights in western districts

Last week, the HAK Association published a report on Human Rights in Covalima and Bobonaro districts, where Timor-Leste's police were conducting special operations in response to reported activities of "ninja" groups. Follow links for the accompanying press release in Tetum and English, as well as Tetum and English versions of the full report.

HAK sent a team to Bobonaro and Covalima districts which "gathered information from community authorities and local government, some victims, suspects, community members, and from direct observation of the situation where 'ninja' threats might exist. Based on our observations, we urge immediate attention by the responsible authorities to prevent a worsening situation and further human rights violations."

Their report has three main sections:
1. Rumors About  "Ninja"

2. Criminal Cases Being Considered as "Ninja" Activity
3. The Effects of the PNTL Operation "Combat Ninja"

These are followed by some Concerns and the following Recommendations (abridged in this posting).  Follow the links above for complete press release and report.
1. The responsible organs for the security sector quickly examine the policy for the "special PNTL" operation to combat "ninja". Is it necessary to undertake an operation with police force characteristic of the military, and particularly an operation extended for six months that includes Falintil-Defense Force of Timor-Leste (F-FDTL)?

2. The responsible organs quickly revise the Plan for PNTL Reform in order to assure conformity and consistency between the plan and its implementation.

3. National Parliament supervise how PNTL enforces the laws.

4. The responsible bodies (PNTL Justice Unit or Prosecutor) take measures to strengthen the integrity of PNTL as an institution, and use appropriate means to hold individual members of the PNTL "special" commando operation responsible for their violations of human rights or criminal behavior.

5. The Ministry of Social Solidarity (MSS) provide assistance to the people who suffered as a result of the "special" PNTL operation.

6. Future extraordinary operations require increased investigative capacity in the Prosecutor's Office to handle suspects detained by the security forces.

7. All entities reflect on our history and long suffering during the Indonesian occupation, so that the fundamental spirit for the development policy for the institutions of PNTL and F-FDTL can truly be that these entities serve the people, not the power interests of a few individuals.

La'o Hamutuk has written this announcement and posted this report as a favor to our next-door neighbor HAK, whose internet and email access is problematic (as it is for nearly everyone in Timor-Leste). Although we were not involved in producing the report, we believe that its contents should be widely read.

23 February 2010

La'o Hamutuk writes UNSC re S-G's report on UNMIT

La'o Hamutuk
Dili, Timor-Leste
22 February 2010

Members of the United Nations Security Council
New York, New York, USA

Dear Distinguished Members of the United Nations Security Council:

The Timor-Leste Institute for Development Monitoring and Analysis (La’o Hamutuk) is a local civil society organization which has monitored and analyzed the mandates and activities of the United Nations in Timor-Leste since 2000, during four UN Missions. We frequently meet with UN officials and write to the Security Council, especially about the still unfulfilled promise by the international community to end impunity for crimes against humanity committed during the illegal Indonesian occupation between 1975 and 1999.

We received the most recent Secretary-General’s report on UNMIT (S/2010/85) only a few days ago and would like to share initial observations before your open debate tomorrow. We welcome the chance to discuss these issues.

La’o Hamutuk participated in two meetings with the UN Technical Assessment Mission (TAM) in January, and we are glad to see some of our comments and others from civil society reflected in the Secretary-General’s report. We have not been allowed to see the TAM report, which we hope contains fewer reservations and qualifications than the S-G’s report.

The Secretary-General’s current report is more comprehensive and honest than the previous one (S/2009/504) which, as La’o Hamutuk wrote you last October, “left out essential facts, context and responsibilities.” We appreciate that the current report includes facts, observations and recommendations which may be uncomfortable for the United Nations and/or Timor-Leste’s Government. Unfortunately, the comfort of Indonesian officials remains undisturbed; the report’s 40 pages do not contain a single reference to Indonesia’s brutal, illegal, 24-year occupation which wreaked havoc on Timor-Leste. 

This report includes less self-censorship, euphemisms, passive voice and third-party attribution than other S-G reports since 2007. We hope that this indicates that UNMIT’s new leadership is ready to grapple with Timor-Leste’s situation more effectively. 

Historical amnesia pervades this report, as if Timor-Leste first appeared on the UN agenda in 2006 (for example, para. 33). In fact, many of the current problems in the police and military sectors stem from decisions made during UNTAET and from the way the UN trained the police and handed over responsibilities in 2000-2004. More fundamentally, the reason for UN involvement in Timor-Leste stems from the Indonesian invasion 35 years ago and the international failure to back up Security Council and General Assembly Resolutions. In a sense, UN responsibility for Timor-Leste since 1999 grows out of failures from 1975-1999; renewed attention since 2006 is an attempt to redress mistakes made in 1999-2005. If UNMIT and the Security Council do not learn from this history, the United Nations may lose Timor-Leste as a “poster child,” but the people who live here will endure far more severe hardships.

The remainder of this letter discusses a few areas where the Secretary-General’s report does not adequately address current context and future needs of Timor-Leste. Many of these areas, including public views on justice, the Maternus Bere case, the Justice System Needs Assessment, CAVR and CoE recommendations for the international community, the inadequacy of dialogue to prevent conflict, democratic governance, and economic sustainability, are discussed in depth in the letter and addendum La’o Hamutuk provided to the Security Council on 20 October 2009, and we encourage you to refer to those documents, as we will not reiterate their information. 

The rest of this letter discusses four main topics:
  1. Justice for past serious crimes
  2. Police and law enforcement
  3. Lasting security requires sustainable, equitable development
  4. Democratic governance

LH hakerek karta KS ONU kona ba relatoriu S-J kona ba UNMIT

La'o Hamutuk
Dili, Timor-Leste
22 Fevereiru 2010 
Bele hetan karta ida ne'e hanesan PDF ka iha lian Ingles iha ne'e.

Respeitu ba na’i-ulun sira Membru Konsellu Seguransa Nasaun Unidas:

Institutu Timor-Leste ba Monitor no Analiza Dezenvolvimentu (La’o Hamutuk), nu’udar organizasaun sosiedade sivíl ida lokál nian ne’ebé monitoria no analiza ona mandatu no atividade sira Nasaun Unidas nian iha Timor Leste komesa tinan 2000, durante misaun haat Nasaun Unidas nian. Ami enkontru beibeik ho Ofisial sira Nasaun Unidas nian no hakerek ba Konsellu Seguransa, liuliu kona-ba promesa sira Komunidade Internasionál nian atu hakotu impunidade ba krime hirak hasoru umanidade durante okupasaun ilegál Indonézia nian entre tinan 1975 to’o 1999.

Iha loron hirak liu ba, ami simu ona relatóriu foun liu Sekretáriu Jerál nian kona-ba UNMIT (S/2010/85) no hakarak atu fahe observasaun inisia molok ita-boot sira loke debate aban nian. Ami benvindu ba oportunidade atu diskute kona-ba problema hirak ne’e.
La’o Hamutuk partisipa ona iha soru-mutu rua ho Misaun Asistente Tékniku (MAT/TAM) Nasaun Unidas iha fulan Janeiru, no ami haksolok atu haree ami-nia komentáriu balun no sira seluk hosi sosiedade sivíl ne’ebé reflete iha relatóriu Sekretáriu Jerál Nasaun Unidas nian. Ami seidauk hetan autorizasaun atu haree relatóriu MAT nian, ne’ebé ami espera katak relatoriu MAT iha reservasaun no kualifikasaun menus duke relatóriu Sekretáriu Jerál nian.

Relatóriu Sekretáriu Jerál foin daudaun ne’e komprensivu liu no onestu kompara ho ida ne’ebé liu ba (S/2009/504), ne’ebé halo La’o Hamutuk hakerek ba ita-boot iha fulan Outubru hateten, “relatóriu ne’e hakat liu tiha faktu hirak esensiál nian, kontestu no responsabilidade sira.” Ami apresia katak relatóriu foin daudaun ne’e inklui faktu sira, observasaun no rekomendasaun hirak ne’ebé parese halo Nasaun Unidas no/ka governu Timor-Leste ladún haksolok. Maibé buat ne’ebé triste maka, relaroiu ne’e la book ofisial sira Indonézia nian ida, relatóriu ne’ebé hamutuk pájina 40 ne’e la mensiona buat ida kona-ba Indonézia nia brutalidade, okupasaun ilegál durante tinan 24 nia laran ne’ebé hamosu dezastre boot iha Timor-Leste.

Relatóriu ida ne’e halo ladún defende an rasik, eufemizmu (ko’alia mamar hanesan feto), lian ida pasivu liu no atribuisaun parte terseira nian la hanesan relatóriu sira seluk Sekretáriu Jerál nian durante tinan 2007. Ami espera katak, ida ne’e indika lideransa foun UNMIT prepara-an ona atu foti asaun ba situasaun Timor-Leste nian ho efikás liután.

Amnesia istoria iha relatóriu ne’e nia laran, hanesan ba dala uluk Timor Leste mosu iha ajenda Nasaun Unidas iha tinan 2006 (porezemplu, para.33). Defaktu, problema barak agora ne’e iha setór polisia no militár mai hosi desizaun sira durante tempu UNTAET nian no mai hosi maneira sira Nasaun Unidas fó formasaun ba polisia no transfere responsabilidade sira ne’e iha tinan 2000-2004. Fundamentál liután, razaun envolvimentu Nasaun Unidas iha Timor Leste hahú hosi Invazaun Indonézia iha tinan 35 liubá no fallansu hirak komunidade internasionál atu mantein rezolusaun sira Konsellu Seguransa no Asembleia Jerál Nasaun Unidas nian. Ho ida ne’e, ita bele haree katak, responsabilidade Nasaun Unidas nian ba Timor Leste komesa hosi 1999 mai hosi fallansu sira hahú kedas 1975-1999; hafoun hikas fali atensaun komesa hosi 2006 nu’udar esforsu ida atu hadi’a fila fali sala hirak ne’ebé halo durante tinan 1999-2005. Se UNMIT no Konsellu Seguransa la aprende hosi istória ida ne’e, Nasaun Unidas bele lakon Timor-Leste hanesan “poster labarik kiik” (Poster ho figura labarik kiik ho isin krekas ko oin triste ne’ebé ema uja hodi hetan osan), maibé ema ne’ebé hela iha ne’e sei lori hela terus oioin.

Parte balun iha karta ida ne’e diskute área sira balun ne’ebé relatóriu Sekretáriu Jerál Nasaun Unidas nian la ho adekuadu tama ba iha kontestu atuál no nesesáriu Timor Leste nian iha futuru. Barak hosi área hirak ne’e mak hanesan públiku nia hanoin kona-ba justisa, kazu Maternus Bere nian, Sistema Justisa ba Asesmentu nesesidade, CAVR no rekomendasaun hirak CoE ba komunidade internasionál, ne’ebé la iha diálogu natoon atu prevene konflitu, governasaun demokrátiku nian, no sustentavel ekonómiku nian, ne’ebé diskute ona kle’an iha karta no aneksu La’o Hamutuk ba Konsellu Seguransa iha loron 20 Outubru 2009 , no ami enkoraja ita-boot sira atu refere ba dokumentu hirak ne’e, tanba ami sei la repete fila fali informasaun hirak ne’e iha ne’e.

Justisa ba krime sériu-sira iha pasadu

La’o Hamutuk hakerek naruk ona kona-ba kontinuasaun obrigasaun Nasaun Unidas no komunidade Internasionál nian atu halo asaun, no la’ós ko’alia hela de’it atu hakotu impunidade ba krime sériu hasoru umanidade no krime sériu sira seluk ne’ebé halo parte hosi Indonézia nia okupasaun . Ami sei repete fali komentáriu sira ne’e iha ne’e, maibe hakarak bolu atensaun fali de’it katak ema Indonézia sira barak, instituisaun sira internasionál no Timorense nian, inklui 2000 KPP-HAM no UN COI (Komisaun Inquerido), CAVR 2005, no Komisaun Peritu 2005, rekomenda tribunál internasionál, sekarik métodu sira seluk la konsege hakotu impunidade (paras. 9 no 81).

Husik impunidade kontinua fó implikasaun grave la’ós iha setór justisa nian de’it, maibé mós ba estabilidade iha futuru, akountabilidade, dame, rekonsiliasaun, demokrasia no fundamentu lei no orden sira iha Timor Leste; ida ne’e la’ós de’it atu trata krime iha pasadu. Hanesan hatudu ohin loron, impunidade realidade ida, la’os “presepsaun” (para. 24), no dedikasaun Nasaun Unidas nian atu prevene impunidade labele hala’o ho repete beibeik de’it (para. 29) ka “iha eskritóriu ida di’ak” (para. 25) ne’ebé iha lemo nasaun ida ne’e.

Ami apresia diskusaun (para. 11) kona-ba eventu balun ne’ebé hamenus akountabilidade no enkoraja UNMIT atu hateten sai maka’as liután no efikás hasoru asaun sira ne’ebé hada’et liután klima impunidade (para. 87) ba violénsia doméstika no krime sira seluk, ne’ebé sei halo fraku sistema justisa iha siklu diabu ida hodi la fiar lei no orden no halo anarkia.

Ekipa Investigasaun Krime Sériu (EIKS/SCIT) hosi UNMIT nian la iha komponente judisiál nian, no ninia área limita de’it ba fulan 10 nia laran ba kazu okupasaun ilegál tinan 24 nia laran. To’o mai iha loron 15 Janeiru, EIKS kompleta ona investigasaun kazu 110 hosi lista 396 kazu sira hosi 1999, no 89 to’o iha fulan 31 Agostu 2009.[1] Ho númeru hanesan ne’e, sei lori tempu too Outubru 2014 atu halo hotu lista EIKS nian, no lori tempu tinan atus ba atus atu investiga krime boot sira ne’ebé akontese hosi 1975 to’o mai iha 1998.

Iha loron 2 Febreiru 2010 karta ba Konsellu Seguransa, Aliansa Nasionál Timor-Leste ba Tribunál Internasionál no organizasaun sira seluk sujere atu aumenta atividade EIKS nian, ne’ebé tenke la’o hamutuk ho apoiu rekursu sira nesesáriu no forsa polítika ida (kemauan politik). Ami espera katak sujestaun ne’e bele reflete ba iha revizaun mandatu UNMIT nian. Sira sei hahú atu lori fila diresaun impunidade ba fali iha akauntabilidade nian:

  • Estabelese mekanizmu ida durante misaun UNMIT ne’ebé sei sai hanesan baze servisu ba kriasaun eventuál sira no Tribunál Internasionál nian.
  • Aumenta mandatu EIKS nian, atu inklui krime hirak ne’ebé grave liu iha tinan 1999, nune’e mós invazaun 1975, masakra Kraras 1983, Santa Cruz 1991 no sira seluk tan.
  • Fó ba EIKS autoridade no rekursu sufisiente atu prepara no publika ho formál akuzasaun ba kazu hirak ne’ebé investiga tiha ona.

15 February 2010

New La'o Hamutuk Bulletin on Land Rights and Justice for Past Crimes

La'o Hamutuk has just published its first Bulletin of 2010, a double issue which is available in English from our office or on our website. It includes articles on Land justice, Transitional Land Law, Climate Change, Donor money in Timor-Leste since 1999, International obligation for justice not yet met (several articles), and an editorial: Rejecting impunity, Moving Toward Justice. Download a printable PDF of the English edition.

The Tetum edition will be available shortly.

13 February 2010

Foreign Minister Fires Timor-Leste Ambassador to the UN

The Timor Post of 3 February 2010 has a banner headline:
"Espulsa Embaixador TL ba EUA, PR Horta Kontra Zacarias"
"Expel Timor-Leste Ambassador to USA, President Horta Against (Foreign Minister) Zacarias"

That headline and the brief article under it contain errors which we will not repeat here. To provide some background on the situation,  La'o Hamutuk has written this brief article, which also appears at http://www.laohamutuk.org/reports/UN/06UNMITcreation.html#Burma with links to relevant documents.

On the day before Christmas 2009, Timor-Leste's Foreign Minister Zacarias da Costa notified UN authorities that he had fired Timor-Leste Ambassador to the United Nations Nelson Santos. Santos had just voted in favor of a General Assembly resolution on human rights in Burma (Myanmar), which passed 86-23 with 39 abstentions. Santos was continuing Timor-Leste's previous policy of supporting this annual resolution, following guidance from President Jose Ramos-Horta. However, the Minister had instructed Santos to abstain from this vote to be more in line with ASEAN countries' votes. When Santos voted in favor during the night of 23 December in New York, da Costa immediately sacked him. Timor-Leste had no ambassador to the UN in New York to represent its views in consultations and discussions regarding the future of the UNMIT, whose mandate expires on 26 February 2010.

Article 87(b) of Timor-Leste's Constitution assigns to the President of the Republic the authority "To appoint and dismiss ambassadors, permanent representatives and special envoys, following proposal by the Government."

During the first week of February 2010, Nelson Santos, the President, the Foreign Minister and both deputy Prime Ministers had several discussions in Dili about how to salvage the situation. No resolution was reached, and Mr. Santos, now unemployed, returned to his family in New York.

Several Ministry officials have privately told La'o Hamutuk that Timor-Leste continues to support democracy and human rights, recognizing that similar support for Timor-Leste from others during the 24-year Indonesian occupation was critical to Timor-Leste's obtaining independence. However, the Minister's action, which apparently stems from an ad-hoc approach to foreign policy, has raised concerns among people who believe that Timor-Leste's leaders should continue to support universal human rights principles, as they did prior to independence.

In mid-February, Minister da Costa appointed Sofia Borges to fill the vacancy. 

A more extensive article Timor-Leste: Choosing Between Asean and Burmese Reform?" was published in the Irrawaddy news magazine on 13 February. 

[Note: since mid-2009, Timor-Leste has had separate ambassadors to the United Nations (UN) and the United States of America (USA). Ambassador to the United States Constancio Pinto is not involved in the Burma controversy, and has not been fired.]

12 February 2010

Petroleum Fund Quarterly Report gives reasons for caution

This week, the Timor-Leste Banking and Payments Authority (BPA) reported on the Petroleum Fund for the last quarter of 2009, showing a fund balance at the end of the year of USD $5,376,625,558. The report is available at http://www.laohamutuk.org/Oil/PetFund/Reports/PFQR09q4en.pdf, and the BPA press release which summarizes it is at http://www.laohamutuk.org/Oil/PetFund/Reports/PFQRPR09q4en.pdf.

At the end of September 2009, the balance had been $5,301,568,442. During the fourth quarter, the Government transferred $312 million from the Fund to the State operating account, more than the $207 million discussed in the 2010 State Budget proposal (see http://www.laohamutuk.org/econ/OGE10/sub/KartaLHTilman10Nov09en.pdf). The total amount taken out of the Petroleum Fund during 2009 was $512 million, $104 million more than the 2009 Estimated Sustainable Income (ESI). Although this was authorized by the 2009 State Budget, it does not appear to have been necessary in order to pay for programs in that budget.

According to Petroleum Fund monthly reports (available at http://www.bancocentral.tl/PF/Reports.asp) the Fund's balance at the end of October 2009 was $5,380 million. It rose to $5,464 million one month later, but dropped to $5,377 million at the end of December.  This is the first time in the Fund's history that its balance has fallen, and should remind all of us that petroleum revenues cannot keep pace with increasing withdrawals.

During the fourth quarter, the return on Fund investments was negative, losing $7 million. During the entire year 2009, the Fund's rate of return was 0.6%, far lower than the goal of a 3% rate of return (above inflation) which is the basis for calculating the Estimated Sustainable Income. The low rate of return reflects the global financial market. It is another reminder: Timor-Leste needs to strengthen its non-oil domestic economy (the part not powered by government spending) because investment income is not dependable.

For the last six months, 20% of the Fund's investments have been managed by the Bank of International Settlements, which invests them in a broader range of bonds than the short-term U.S. Government bonds where the 80% managed by the BPA remains. During the fourth quarter, the BIS investments earned $0.5 million less than the would have if managed by the BPA (although both had negative returns). These short-term differences may not continue over longer periods, but they show that more diverse investments may not produce better results.

The Ministry of Finance will review the investment strategy of the Fund during the next few months, and will revise the Petroleum Fund Law.  As we look for ways to increase the rate of return, we hope the Ministry will be cautious about more risky investments which promise higher rates of return.  During 2009, the Fund paid more than twice as much in "management fees" ($2.6 million) as it did in 2008, but the new management has not increased the Fund's income.

For more historical and current information on Timor-Leste's Petroleum Fund, with links to other documents, see http://www.laohamutuk.org/Oil/PetFund/05PFIndex.htm.

10 February 2010

Justice for (Australian) military in Timor has flaws

Letter to the Editor published in the Melbourne Age, 10 February 2010

Justice for military in Timor has flaws

I AM an Australian living in East Timor, working with a local non-government organisation, Lao Hamutuk. Regarding your story (''Army denies compensation claim in Dili death'', The Age, 8/2), Lao Hamutuk reported a similar incident in 2008 in which the Australian-led international stabilisation force did not follow up after a fatal accident.

Australians and New Zealanders serving in the ISF cannot be prosecuted in East Timor for crimes committed on or off duty. In these cases the ISF will carry out an internal investigation. If a soldier is found guilty, the ISF takes disciplinary action and recommends compensation - which the East Timor government, not the ISF, pays to victims.

This investigation is secret, so local people do not know if it considers all relevant evidence. That the ISF was unaware of Gracinda da Costa's death highlights investigative flaws.

The ISF does not explain to local people how to make and track complaints. It provides compensation request forms only for property damage, not personal injury. Many incidents are not reported and many complaints not followed up.

This lack of accountability undermines the work of many Australians, including current and ex-military, in supporting human rights in East Timor following 24 years of brutal military occupation.

Shona Hawkes, Dili, East Timor

09 February 2010

Council of Ministers Legislative Plan Feb-July 2010

On 9 February 2010, the Secretary of State for the Council of Ministers issued a press release in Tetum and Portuguese with the Legislative Action Plan for the next six months. La'o Hamutuk, with the help a computer, has translated it into English. Laws already approved by the CoM but pending before Parliament (such as the Domestic Violence Law) are not included in this list.


The Legislative Action Plan for the First Half of 2010 was designed after consultations and joint work between the various Ministries and State Departments, and with the lists based legislative priorities of each sector.

The Government will therefore examine and decide on various pieces of legislation and regulations takes action to ensure the normal development of the country.

The Legislative Action Plan reflects the desire of the IV Constitutional Government of Timor-Leste coordinate efforts to provide the necessary regulatory tools that allow provide a further progress to the nation.

Thus, documents which the Council of Ministers intends to review by July this year are:

  • Draft law amending the Organic Law of the Presidency of the Republic;
  • Decree-Law Organic Law of the Ministry of Infrastructure;
  • Decree-Law establishing the Committee of Procurement;
  • Government Resolution on the Family Health Registry;
  • Decree-Law on Access to Visa on arrival and in transit in Timor-Leste;
  • Decree-Law that approves the Environmental Licensing System;
  • Resolution of the Government approving the Strategic Plan for the Justice Sector;
  • Government Resolution establishing a Standing Committee on Data Verification (Combatants for National Liberation);
  • Government Resolution on the Joint feasibility Study of the LNG project in Timor-Leste;
  • Draft law approving the Labor Code;  (not in Tetum version)
  • Decree-Law that approves the Organic Statute of UNTL;
  • Government Resolution approving the National Strategy for Employment;
  • Government Resolution approving the Policy on Professional Training;
  • Resolution of the Government establishing a working group to establish a Social Security System in Timor-Leste;
  • Decree-Law amending the Organic Law of the Ministry of State Administration;
  • Decree-Law that approves the Legal Framework of Administration and Management System of Basic Education;
  • Resolution of the Government on the delivery of motor vehicles to Chefes Sucos, permanently, at the end of their mandates;
  • Government Resolution approving the Strategic Plan for Development of Youth and Sports;
  • Government Resolution adopting the National Sports Policy.
  • Proposed Law on the Special Regime for the Definition of Ownership of Real Estate – Land Law
  • Proposed Law on Expropriation;
  • Proposed Law on Real Estate Financial Fund;
  • Decree-Law amending the Regulation on Discipline of the PNTL;
  • Decree-Law on the Statute of the Labor Inspectorate;
  • Decree-Law on labor conciliation, mediation and arbitration;
  • Resolution of the Government approving the National Security Policy;
  • Draft law approving the system of Forest Management;
  • Decree-Law amending the Organic Law of the Ministry of Health;
  • Decree-Law that approves the Special Career regime for Health Professionals;
  • Decree-Law on the Statute of the Teaching Career of Higher Education;
  • Draft law amending the Statute of the Public Prosecutor;
  • Decree-Law establishing the Municipal Development Planning Commission;
  • Decree-Law that approves the Municipal Development Plan;
  • Decree approving the Municipal Investment Program;
  • Government Resolution adopting the National Policy for the Media;
  • Government Resolution adopting the Telecommunications Policy;
  • Proposed Law of Private Investment;
  • Proposed law amending the Petroleum Fund Law;
  • Decree-Law on the Statute of Prison Guards;
  • Decree approving the Fees for Register and Notaries;
  • Decree-Law that approves the Code for Court Costs.
  • Decree-Law that regulates access to medical treatment outside the country;
  • Decree-Law establishing the National Oil Company;
  • Decree-Law establishing the Institute of Petroleum and Geology;
  • Resolution of the Government approving the Strategic Plan for the Health Sector until 2030;
  • Decree-Law amending the Organic Law of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • Decree-Law on the Statute of Diplomatic Service;
  • Decree-Law on the Statute of Diplomatic Remuneration;
  • Decree-Law on registration of vehicles with diplomatic status;
  • Decree-Law that approves the Budgeting and Financial Management of Municipalities;
  • Decree-Law that approves the Municipal Procurement regime;
  • Proposed Law of the Census;
  • Proposed law on voter registration and updating of databases on national territory and abroad;
  • Decree-Law amending the Organic Law of the Ministry of Education; iv) Law on the Statute of the Teaching Career;
  • Decree approving the organization of the Institute of Training and Training of Teachers;
  • Proposed law approving the budget rectification;
  • Proposed Law on Issuance and Managing of Public Debt;
  • Decree-Law amending the Organic Law of the Ministry of Finance;
  • Decree-Law creating the National Development Bank.
  • Proposed law approving the Legal Regime of Tax Offenses and Penalties;
  • Decree-Law on Tax Procedure;
  • Decree-Law that approves the Special Career regime for Staff of the Ministry of Finance;
  • Decree-Law amending the Organic Law of the State Secretariat for Security;
  • Decree-Law amending the Organic Law of the PNTL;
  • Decree-Law on the Statute of PNTL staff;
  • Decree on teacher training;
  • Decree-Law that approves the Legal Framework for the Evaluation of Higher Education and the establishment of the INAAES;
  • Decree-Law that approves the Organic Law of the State Secretariat of Natural Resources;
  • Decree-Law on "downstream” activities;
  • Draft law amending the Immigration and Asylum Law;
  • Decree-Law establishing the rules for granting subsidies to mothers;
  • Decree-Law establishing the rules of access to housing;
  • Decree-Law regulating the provision of assistance to communities in the event of disasters;
  • Decree approving the scheme of relations between municipalities and sucos;
  • Decree approving the Strategy on Capacity Development in the Decentralization Framework;
  • Decree-Law regulating the administrative procedure leading to the loss of quality of soldiers and veterans;
  • Resolution of the Government that renames 4 members of the Committee on Tribute, Registration and Supervision of Resources;  (for veterans)
  • Resolution of the Government regulating the demobilization of former FALINTIL combatants.
  • Draft Act establishing the National Board of Health;
  • Decree-Law that defines the Rules of Continence and Police Honors;
  • Decree-Law that defines the Uniform Rules of Coats;
  • Decree-Law on the Regulation of the Border Management System;
  • Decree-Law on the Statute of the Teaching Career of Higher Education;
  • Proposal for Mining Activities Law;
  • Proposal for Law on the Environment;
  • Decree-Law establishing the National Authority for the Environment;
  • Resolution of the Government approving the creation of TimorLNG;
  • Proposal of the Basic Law on Renewable Energy;
  • Decree-Law establishing the Regulatory Authority for Renewable Energy;
  • Resolution of the Government approving the National Energy Policy;
  • Government Resolution approving the Plan of Rural Electrification for Families in remote areas;
  • Proposal of the Basic Law of Civil Protection;
  • Decree-Law on the Statute of the Personnel Bureau for Firefighters;
  • Draft Act on the provision of food, and Decree-Law on the Support Centers for victims of domestic violence (these two texts are dependent on approval of the Law on Domestic Violence);
  • Decree-Law that approves the Regulation of the Public and Private Domain of the State; Decree-Law that regulates the Cadastral Commission, and Decree-Law that approves the Code of Land Registry (these three are dependent on prior approval of the Land Law);
  • Draft law on the exercise of parental responsibility; draft law on adoption; Proposed Law on guardianship of minors, and Decree-Law that approves the Code of Civil Registration (these four are dependent on approval of the Civil Code);
Remember that this Action Plan represents the legislative orientation and work methodology that the Government wishes to follow, with the prospect of improvements in accordance with experience, and is therefore subject to change as necessary.

(Portuguese original follows below)

Planu Asaun Lejislativa Konsellu Ministrus nian Fev-Jul 2010

Sekretaria Estadu Konsellu Ministrus
Loron 09 fulan Fevereiru tinan 2010


Planu Asaun Lejislativa ba Primeiru Semestre 2010 tau ona iha planu hafoin halo tiha konsulta no servisu hamutuk entre Ministérius no Sekretarias Estadu hotu, no sai hanesan baze mak lista prioridade lejislativa husi área sektoriál nian ida-idak.

Governu sei analiza no disidi kona-ba diploma lejislativu no regulamentar oioin ne’ebé konsidera urjente hodi garante dezenvolvimentu normal iha País.

Planu Asaun Lejislativa ne’e reflekte kona-ba hakarak IV Governu Konstitusionál Timor-Leste nian atu koordena esforsu hodi fornese buat ne’ebé mak presiza tuir regra sira ne’ebé permite halo progresu boot ba Nasaun.

Nune’e, diploma ne’ebé mak Konsellu Ministrus propoin atu analiza to’o Jullu tinan ne’e nian
mak :
  • Proposta Lei ne’ebé altera Orgánika Prezidénsia Repúblika;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Orgánika Ministériu Infra-Estrutura nian;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé estabelese Komisaun ba Aprovisionamentu nian;
  • Rezolusaun Governu kona-ba Rejistu Saúde Familiar;
  • Dekretu-Lei kona-ba asesu ba emisaun vistu vizita ba ema tama no iha tránzitu iha Timor-Leste;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé Aprova Sistema Lisensiamentu Ambientál;
  • Rezolusaun Governu ne’ebé Aprova Planu Estratéjiku ba Sektór Justisa nian;
  • Rezolusaun Governu ne’ebé estabelese Komisaun Eventuál ida hodi halo Verifikasaun ba Dadus (Kombatente Libartasaun Nasionál nian);
  • Rezolusaun Governu kona-ba Joint Feasability Study face ba Projektu LNG iha Timor-Leste;
  • Proposta Lei ne’ebé aprova Estatutu Orgánika UNTL nian;
  • Rezolusaun Governu ne’ebé aprova Estratejia Nasionál ba empregu;
  • Rezolusaun Governu ne’ebé aprova Polítika Formasaun Profisionál;
  • Rezolusaun Governu ne’ebé kria grupu traballu ida hodi estabelese Sistema Seguransa Sosiál ida iha Timor-Leste;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé altera Orgánika Ministériu Administrasaun Estatal no Ordenamentu Teritóriu nian;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Rejime Jurídiku Administrasaun no Jestaun Sistema Ensinu Básiku nian;
  • Rezolusaun Governu kona-ba entrega veíkulu motorizadu ba Xefe Suku, ho títulu definitivu, bainhira sira nia mandatu hotu;
  • Rezolusaun Governu ne’ebé aprova Planu Estratéjiku Dezenvolvimentu ba Juventude no Desportu;
  • Rezolusaun Governu ne’ebé aprova Polítika Nasionál Desportu;
  • Proposta Lei kona-ba Rejime Espesiál hodi define Titularidade ba Bens Imóveis – Lei ba Rai;
  • Proposta Lei Ba Expropriasaun;
  • Proposta Lei ba Fundu Finanseiru Imobiliáriu;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé altera Regulamentu Disiplinár ba PNTL;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Estatutu ba Inspeksaun Traballu;
  • Dekretu-Lei kona-ba konsiliasaun, mediasaun no arbitrajen laborál;
  • Rezolusaun Governu ne’ebé aprova Polítika Seguransa Nasionál;
  • Proposta Lei ne’ebé aprova Sistema Jestaun Florestál;
  • Dekretu –Lei ne’ebé altera Orgánika Ministériu Saúde nian;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Rejime Espesiál Kareira ba Profisionál Saúde sira;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Estatutu Kareira Dosente ba Ensinu Superior;
  • Proposta Lei ne’ebé altera Estatutu Ministériu Públiku;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé estabelese Komisaun Planeamentu Dezenvolvimentu Munisipál;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Rejime Planu Dezenvolvimentu Munisipál;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Programa Investimentu Munisipál;
  • Rezolusaun Governu ne’ebé aprova Polítika Nasionál ba Komunikasaun Sosiál;
  • Rezolusaun Governu ne’ebé aprova Polítika ba Telekomunikasaun;
  • Proposta Lei ba Investimentu Privadu;
  • Proposta Lei ne’ebé altera Lei ba Fundu Petrolíferu;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Estatutu ba Guarda Prisionál sira;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Emolumentu ba Rejistu no ba Notariadu;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Kódigu ba Kustu Judisiál;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé regula asesu ba tratamentu médiku iha rai liur;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé estabelese Kompañia Nasionál Petróleu nian;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé estabelese Institutu Petróleu no Jeolojia;
  • Rezolusaun Governu ne’ebé aprova Planu Estratéjiku ba Sektór Saúde to’o 2030;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé altera Orgánika Ministériu Negósiu Estranjeiru nian;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Estatutu ba Kareira Diplomátika;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Estatutu Remuneratóriu ba Karreira Diplomátika
  • Dekretu-Lei kona-ba matríkula ba viatura ho Estatutu Diplomátiku;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Rejime Orsamentasaun no Jestaun Finanseira ba Minisípiu sira;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Rejime ba Aprovisionamentu Munisipál;
  • Proposta Lei ba Sensus;
  • Proposta Lei kona-ba resenseamentu eleitorál no aktualizasaun ba baze dadus iha territóriu nasionál no iha estranjeiru;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé altera Orgánika Ministériu Edukasaun; iv) Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Estatutu Kareira Dosente nian;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Orgánika husi Institutu Formasdaun Profisionál no Kontínua ba Profesór sira;
  • Proposta Lei ne’ebé aprova Orsamentu Retifikativu;
  • Proposta Lei kona-ba Emisaun no Jestaun ba Dívida Públika;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé altera Orgánika Ministériu Finansas nian;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé estabelese Banku Dezenvolvimentu Nasionál.
  • Proposta Lei ne’ebé aprova Rejime Jurídiku ba Sansaun no Infraksaun Fiskál nian;
  • Dekretu-Lei kona-ba Prosedimentu Tributáriu;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Rejime Espesiál Kareira Funsionáriu Ministériu Finansas nian;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé altera Orgánika Sekretaria Estadu ba Seguransa;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé altera Orgánika PNTL nian;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Estatutu Pesoál PNTL nian;
  • Dekretu-Lei kona-ba formasaun profesór sira nian;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Rejime Jurídiku ba Avaliasaun Ensinu Superiór no ne’ebé estabelese INAAES;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Orgánika Sekretaria Estadu Rekursus Naturais;
  • Dekretu-Lei kona-ba aktividade “downstream”;
  • Proposta Lei ne’ebé altera Lei Imigrasaun no Azilu;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé estabelese regra kona-ba atribuisaun Bolsa Inan nian;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé estabelese regra asesu ba abitasaun sociál;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé regula prestasaun asisténsia ba komunidade bainhira hetan dezastre;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Rejime ba Relasaun entre Minisípiu no Suku sira;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Estratéjia Dezenvolvimentu Kapasidade iha Kuadru Desentralizasaun nian;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé regulamenta prosesu administrativu atu halakon kualidade kombatente nian;
  • Rezolusaun Governu ne’ebé foti hikas fali membru nain 4 ba Komisaun Omenajen,Supervizaun Rejistu no Rekursu;
  • Rezolusaun Governu ne’ebé regulamenta prosesu desmobilizasaun ba ex-kombatente FALINTIL nian;
  • Proposta Lei ne’ebé estabelese Konsellu Nasionál Saúde nian;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé defini Regulamentu kona-ba Kontinénsia no Onra Polisiál;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé defini Regulamentu kona-ba Uniforme no Brasaun;
  • Dekretu-Lei kona-ba Regulamentu ba Sistema Jestaun Fronteira;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Estatutu Kareira Dosente ba Ensinu Superiór;
  • Proposta Lei ba Aktividade Mineira nian;
  • Proposta Lei kona-ba Baze Ambiente nian;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé estabelese Autoridade Nasionál ba Meiu Ambiente nian;
  • Rezolusaun Governu ne’ebé aprova kriasaun TimorLNG;
  • Proposta Lei Baze ba Enerjia Renovável;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé estabelese Entidade Reguladora ba Enerjia Renovávél;
  • Rezolusaun Governu ne’ebé aprova Polítika Enerjétika Nasionál;
  • Rezolusaun Governu ne’ebé aprova Planu Eletrifikasaun Rural/uma kain hirak ne’ebé iha zona izolada;
  • Proposta Lei Baze ba Protesaun Sivil;
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Estatutu Pesoál Bombeiru;
  • Proposta Lei kona-ba prestasaun aihan; no Dekretu-Lei kona-ba Sentru Apoiu ba vítima sira violénsia doméstika nian ( diploma rua ne’e sei depende hela ba aprovasaun uluk lai husi Lei kona-ba Violénsia Doméstika);
  • Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Rejime Domíniu Públiku no Privadu Estadu nian; Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé regulamenta Komisaun Kadastral; no Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Kódigu Rejistu Predial ( diploma tolu ne’e sei depende hela ba aprovasaun uluk lai husi Lei Rai nian);
  • Proposta Lei kona-ba ezersísiu poder paternal; Proposta Lei kona-ba adosaun; Proposta Lei kona-ba responsabilidade ba ema tinan ki’ik sira; no Dekretu-Lei ne’ebé aprova Kódigu Rejistu Sivil (diploma hat ne’e sei depende hela ba aprovasaun uluk lai husi Kódigu Sivil nian );

Ho hanoin ida katak Planu Aksaun ne’e reprezenta orientasaun lejislativa ida no metodolojia traballu ida ne’ebé Governu hakarak halo tuir, ho hanoin nafatin atu hadi’a tuir experiénsia ne’ebé hetan tiha ona, tanba ne’e mak halo alterasaun tuir nesesidade sira.

02 February 2010

La'o Hamutuk Vaga Servisu (Tetum)

La’o Hamutuk nu’udar organizasaun independente husi sosiedade sivíl Timor-Leste nian ne’ebé tau matan, analiza no halo relatóriu kona-ba instituisaun prinsipál sira iha Timor-Leste ne’ebé iha relasaun ba dezenvolvimentu fíziku, ekonómiku no sosiál Timor-Leste nian. La’o Hamutuk halo advokasia hodi povu mak sai autór prinsipál ba foti desizaun kona-ba prosesu ida-ne’e, ne’ebé tenke ekitavel, sustentável, demokrátiku no transparente.

La’o Hamutuk servisu iha area boot balu: Finansas estadu, Petroleum, Ekonomia, Governasaun di’ak, Agrikultura no Asuntu Rai.

Informasaun kompletu liu kona-ba La’o Hamutuk no nia publikasaun sira, inklui Buletin, Stetmentu  no Relatóriu Anuál, bele hetan iha www.laohamutuk.org. Atu hatene informasaun kona-ba ema internasionál ne’ebé hakarak servisu hanesan voluntáriu ka estájiadu iha La'o Hamutuk: www.laohamutuk.org/misc/LHVolunteerInfo.htm.

Oras ne’e ami buka ema sira-ne’ebé iha kualidade ba peskiza atu servisu iha Dili ho dala ruma karik servisu mós iha munisípiu sira seluk.

Ami enkoraja tebes feto sira atu aplika.

Deskrisaun servisu

Peskizadór ida-idak halo peskiza no relatóriu kona-ba impaktu husi sistema no organizasaun internasionál, governu, no instituisaun seluk ne’ebé ativu iha Timor-Leste. Organizasaun La’o Hamutuk la-iha ierarkia, nune’e staff peskiza hotu responsabiliza ba servisu programa no administrasaun nian, no desizaun halo liu husi konsensu. Tanba ne’e, peskizadór hala’o mós atividade administrasaun no lojistiku iha organizasaun nia laran, inklui servisu hamutuk ho sira seluk inklui órgaun konsellu atu dezenvolve no implementa planu no servisu organizasaun nian.

Ami presiza ema ho:
  • Esperiensia servisu kona ba dezenvolvimentu internasional no/ka peskiza ba politika, ho kapasidade atu aprezenta rezultadu peskiza ba iha forma eskrita no mos oral ho klaru
  • Iha komitmentu makas hodi dudu prosesu dezenvolvimentu ida nebe demokratiku liu, partisipativu liu no transparente liu iha Timor-Leste.
  • Esperiensia nudar aktivista politiku no/ka advokasia direitus humanus
  • Esperiensia no konhesimentu kona ba area monitoring nebe temi iha leten
  • Kapasidade atu hakerek no koalia iha lian Ingles no Tetum, ho hakarak atu sai profisiente. Diak se bele Portugues.
  • Forte iha organizasaun no skill komputador
  • Kapasidade atu servisu hamutuk ho kreatividade iha kontextu ho kultura oi-oin
  • Komitmentu hodi fahe skill no ajuda dezenvolve kapasidade ema seluk nian
  • Konhesimentu no komprensaun kona ba istoria no politika iha Timor-Leste
  • Esperiensia hela no servisu iha nasaun foin dezenvolve-an; prontu no bele moris ho simplisidade
  • Saude fisiku no mental diak
  • Esperiénsia servisu kona-ba dezenvolvimentu internasionál no/ka halo peskiza ba polítika, ho kapasidade atu aprezenta no hakerek rezultadu ho klaru;
  • Iha kompromisu maka’as hodi dudu prosesu dezenvolvimentu atu sai demokrátiku, partisipativu, sustentável, ekuitavel no transparente;
  • Esperiénsia nudár ativista polítiku no/ka advokasia direitu umanu;
  • Esperiénsia no koñesimentu kona-ba area peskiza ne’ebé temi iha leten;
  • Kapasidade atu hakerek no ko’alia iha Ingles no Tetum, ho hakarak atu sai profisiente. Di’ak se bele Portugés;
  • Forte iha abilidade oioin ne’ebé sustenta organizasaun, hanesan organiza tempu, arruma sasán, koordena ekipa, no uza komputadór;
  • Kapasidade atu servisu hamutuk ho kriatividade iha kontextu ho kultura oi-oin;
  • Kompromisu hodi fahe abilidade no ajuda ema seluk atu dezenvolve ninia kapasidade;
  • Koñesimentu no kompriensaun kona-ba istória no polítika iha Timor-Leste;
  • Esperiénsia hela no servisu iha nasaun foin dezenvolve-an; prontu no bele moris ho simples;
  • Saúde fíziku no mental di’ak;
  • Iha kompromisu atu servisu mínimu tinan rua iha La’o Hamutuk.
Ami oferese

La’o Hamutuk organizasaun ki’ik maibé iha espíritu servisu maka’as; ami-nia staff servisu hamutuk iha ekipa ho asuntu ne’ebé la hanesan. Staff lokál no internasionál iha responsabilidade no simu kompensasaun ne’ebé hanesan, inklui saláriu 800 US$/fulan, ho seguru-saúde nian bazeia ba nesesidade. Ba staff internasionál, iha osan mós ba viajen mai no fila husi Timor-Leste, osan aluga uma, no ajuda ho osan bainhira fila ba ninia rai.


Aplikasaun bele hatama bainhira de’it no sei hetan konsiderasaun bainhira ami simu, favor anexu:
  • Karta aplikasaun ne’ebé esplika tanba sá ita boot hakarak servisu ho La’o Hamutuk;
  • Curricula Vitae (CV) ne’ebé esplika antesedente (background) edukasaun, esperiénsia servisu profesional no voluntáriu;
  • Ezemplu kompozisaun kona-ba prosesu dezenvolvimentu iha Timor-Leste, naruk pájina 2-5;
  • Informasaun kontaktu husi referénsia na’in rua.
Aplikasaun bele haruka ba eskritóriu La’o Hamutuk nian iha Bebora, Dili, ka ba laohamutuk@gmail.com. Informasaun liután, kontaktu +670 3321040.

Aktualiza iha fulan Maiu 2018. Revisaun iha lingua Tetum no English and Tetum sei fo sai iha http://www.laohamutuk.org/misc/LHJobAnnouncement.html.

La'o Hamutuk job announcement (English)

La’o Hamutuk (“Walking Together” in English) is a Timor-Leste civil society organization that monitors, analyzes and reports on the principal institutions in Timor-Leste as they relate to the physical, economic and social development of the country. La’o Hamutuk believes that the people of Timor-Leste must be the ultimate decision-makers in this process, which should be democratic and transparent.

La’o Hamutuk is an independent organization which works to facilitate effective Timorese participation in the reconstruction and development of the country. In addition, La’o Hamutuk works to improve communication between the international community and Timor-Leste’s people. Finally, La’o Hamutuk is a resource center, providing literature on development models, experiences and practices, as well as facilitating solidarity links between Timor-Leste groups and groups abroad with the aim of creating alternative development models.

La'o Hamutuk works in broad thematic areas: State Finances and Petroleum dependency, Economics, Good Governance, Agriculture and Land Issues.

More information about La'o Hamutuk and its publications, including our Bulletin, statements and Annual Reports, can be obtained at http://www.laohamutuk.org and on the back page of each Bulletin. For information about being an international volunteer or intern at La'o Hamutuk, see http://www.laohamutuk.org/misc/LHVolunteerInfo.htm.

We are currently looking for qualified researchers, to be based in Dili with some work in the districts.

We especially encourage women to apply.
Job Description

Each researcher investigates and reports on the activities of international organizations, foreign and Timor-Leste governments and other institutions operating in Timor-Leste. La'o Hamutuk is a non-hierarchical organization where staff members share responsibility and coordination for all activities, and decisions regarding the organization are by consensus. Therefore, researchers also carry out administrative and logistics-related activities within the organization, including working collaboratively with other staff and advisory bodies to develop and implement the organization's work plan.

We need
  • Experience in international development work and/or policy research, with the ability to present information clearly in written and oral form;
  • Strong commitment to making the development process in Timor-Leste more democratic, participatory and transparent;
  • Experience as a political activist and/or human rights advocate;
  • Experience and knowledge of areas of monitoring cited above;
  • Facility in written and spoken English and Tetum, with willingness to become fluent. Portuguese also desirable;
  • Strong organizational and computer skills;
  • Ability to work cooperatively and creatively in a multi-cultural setting;
  • Commitment to share skills and help build other people's capacity;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the history and politics of Timor-Leste;
  • Experience living and working in a developing country; interest and capacity to live simply;
  • Sound physical and psychological health;
  • Willingness to commit to work with La'o Hamutuk for a minimum of two years.
We offer

La'o Hamutuk is a small but vibrant organization; our staff works together in teams on different issues. La'o Hamutuk's local and international staff enjoy equal responsibilities and compensation, including a salary of US$800/month, with health insurance and housing allowance as needed. For international staff, travel to and from Timor-Leste and a readjustment allowance are also provided.


Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered as they are received. Please include the following:
  • Cover letter indicating for which position you would like to apply and why you want to work with La'o Hamutuk;
  • CV detailing educational background and professional and volunteer experience;
  • Sample of your writing in English or Tetum about the development process in Timor-Leste, two to five pages long;
  • Contact details of at least two references.
Applications can be sent to La'o Hamutuk's office in Bebora, Dili, Timor-Leste, or to laohamutuk@gmail.com. For additional information call +670 3321040.

Updated September 2018. Future updates in English and Tetum will be posted to http://www.laohamutuk.org/misc/LHJobAnnouncement.html.