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NEWS LETTER October 2009


Prosecutors and Clerks sworn into Office In this Edition

Training for Prison Guards on Security,

First Aid and Self-Defense

Above: Prosecutor from Cape Verde, Oscar Tavares, Dr. Arlindo Figueiredo, Inspector to the
Prosecution Office and Dra. Ana Pessoa, Prosecutor-General
Below: Clerks from Cape Verde and Portugal
On the 14th of October 2009 at the “It is a great honor for me to be
Office of the Prosecutor-General, four selected for this role and I believe with
international prosecutors and four my professional experience I can
international clerks were sworn into contribute to the development of the
office for their one-year assignment in Prosecution Office and justice system.
Timor-Leste. These justice actors, from I have conviction that this is an
Cape Verde and Portugal, are important mission and that it will
provided through agreements of personally be a very enriching UNMIT delivers human rights
cooperation that the UNDP-Justice experience. I hope to deliver good training at the Legal Training Centre
System Programme (JSP) has results to the authorities that have 3
promoted and supported both placed trust in me to participate in this
logistically and financially. collective effort to strengthen the The UNDP Justice System Programme continued
The prosecutors and clerks will divide justice system of Timor - Leste,’’ said its agreement with the Council of Coordination,
comprised of the Ministry of Justice, the Court of
their time between performing line Dr. João Goncalves Rato, one of the Appeal and the Office of the Prosecutor-General,
functions and providing on the job two Prosecutors from Portugal. There in December 2008 with the signing of a 5-year
training with the aim of strengthening are currently 13 national prosecutors project document. We continue to work towards
the capacity and skills of their national a strong justice sector and are committed to
in Timor-Leste, and five more are providing information on our activities. Your
counterparts. It is expected that some expected to graduate in February 2010 comments or suggestions are always welcome
of these actors will be assigned to following the completion of the 3rd and can be sent to
district posts outside of Dili. group of Magistrates and Public
The Justice System Programme is
provided supported by Australia, Brazil,
by the Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain,
Legal Sweden, OHCHR (UN Office of the
Training High Commissioner for Human
Centre. Rights), and UNDP BCPR (Bureau of
Crisis Prevention and Recovery)

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First Aid, Security and Self-defense Training held for Prison Guards

Security, first aid and self-defense two existing prisons in Timor-Leste, a good training course. I had
are all part of the trainings being Becora and Gleno. In the past two attended a previous training on first-
conducted at the Becora prison for years, there has been no serious aid in 2000, but this is the first time
prison guards in October. The UNDP security incidents at the prisons and after that. Such trainings must
Prison training specialist, along with refresher courses in security and continue and all the guards here at
national Prison trainers, have been new trainings are essential to Becora prison must complete
delivering the training for the maintain this. Luis Dos Reis, chief them.”
guards in small groups, guard of a block, attended the first Malelena Filipe Amaro, working as a
approximately 15 guards per group, group of training. He worked at the guard since 2000, commented
and hope to complete the training Becora prison for 12 years during saying “I liked the training a lot,
for all guards by the end of 2009. Indonesian times, and because there was a lot I did not
There are currently over 180 prison recommenced working at the prison know, and now I would like to know
guards working between the in 2000 when it reopened. “This was even more”.
The guards all undertook
practical exams at the end
of each training course.

UNDP Prison Training Specialist

(above) with guards from Becora
and Gleno prison

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UNMIT delivers Human Rights training at the Legal Training Centre
The trainees of the Magistrates and framework of this young democracy.” obligations. Having been borne out of
Public Defenders course received a 4 Furthermore, Mr. Gentile said “These suffering and a long struggle for
day training course in human rights, future judges, prosecutors and public freedom, who better to serve as an
delivered by the United Nations defenders must decide whether they example for what can be, than Timor-
Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste want to take advantage of the legal Leste?”
(UNMIT). The training, delivered in building blocks already in place to The candidates of the 3rd group of
Tétum, addressed the international contribute to making Timor-Leste a Magistrates and Public Defenders
framework of human rights, the UN regional and world leader in human course, will graduate in February 2010
mechanisms and the national law in rights and not just another country from the Legal Training Centre.
relation to human rights and its use in that often ignores its human rights
the courts, the protection of victims of
human rights violations and finally,
human rights and transitional justice.
The objective of the training was to
advance these future judicial actors'
knowledge on human rights and to
highlight how a human rights standard
can be applied in the judicial process.
Mr. Louis James Gentile, Chief of the
UNMIT Human Rights and Transitional
Justice Section and Representative of
OHCHR in Timor-Leste, gave the
opening words to the trainees saying
“as future guardians of the rule of law
in Timor-Leste an enormous
responsibility and incredible
opportunity is given to you to advance
human rights and the rule of law,
given the enormous importance
human rights are given in the legal Mr. Louis James Gentile, Chief of the UNMIT Human Rights and Transitional Justice Section and
Representative of OHCHR in Timor-Leste at the Human Rights training at the LTC

Capacity Building with Prosecution Clerks

For over one year, Maria Leonilde, a Ximenes, the Baucau Prosecution take a keen interest in their jobs and
court clerk from Portugal worked in office has made substaintial progress learning. “They learn very fast, are
the Prosecution Office in Baucau in reducing the pending cases. very interested and always asking
District. Supported by the Justice Ricardina Da Costa Ximines, who has questions,” she said. Ms. Leonilde
System Programme (JSP), Maria has a been working in the Prosecution even trained a security guard, Simão
vast amount of experience she office as a clerk for more than two Mendonça Neto, who was working in
brought from working in the years, worked closely with Leonilde, the office of the Prosecution to
Portuguese judicial system and takes and was recently promoted to be the become a clerk.
priority with transferring her skills and clerk in charge of maintaining all the Simão said, “from 2000 till 2008 I
experience for her national files. She aspires to study further and worked as a security guard, and in
counterparts. become a Prosecutor one day. She 2009 I began as a level 2 clerk. I write
There are 5 clerks in the Prosecution commented on working with Leonilde and organize the notifications. I want
office, in additional to a chief of that “she taught me slowly on the to continue to develop myself and my
administration. Several procedures different processes, including making skills for the good of my country and
and methods have been established in notifications. She was very patient and the Prosecution office”.
order to ensure the efficient calm. I now know the processes very Maria Leonilde recently moved to
functioning of the Prosecution office well and very clear.” work in the Prosecution office in Dili.
and to allow for cases to be kept in Ms. Leonilde says that she feels
order. privileged and content to have the
Under the direction of the chief opportunity to work in Timor-Leste.
Prosecutor in Baucau, Dr. José She remarks that the national clerks
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NEWS LETTER October 2009


Photos of the Month

24th October- To celebrate UN Day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, supported by UNMIT, held a model-UN conference
to recreate the historic Security Council session of October 1999. UN agencies, including the UNDP Justice System
Programme, participated in the event, providing materials for the students.
Above left: President of the Republic of Timor-Leste, José Ramos - Horta, Special Representative of the Secretary-
General and UNDP Resident Representative, Finn Reske-Nielsen with UNDP Country Director (far right) Akbar

Prosecutors from
Cape Verde and
Portugal are
welcomed by
their national
counterparts in
the Office of the
General, Dili, 14th
October, 2009

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