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Subject: New Human Rights Project in East Timor

Dear all,

We would like to introduce you to the Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP), a new human rights project set up by the East Timorese Jurists Association and the Timorese/international organisation La'o Hamutuk. JSMP aims to assist the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor, the East Timorese public and the international community by making recommendations for ongoing reform of the fledgling judicial system of East Timor.

The main objective of the programme is to improve the quality of justice provided by the newly established judicial system, and to promote human rights and the rule of law in a meaningful and transparent manner for the people of East Timor through: * sending legal observers to monitor the serious crimes trials; * providing legal analysis and thematic reports; and * dissemination of information on the developments of the justice system as a whole. At this stage, the programme s courtroom observation work focuses primarily on the cases related to the violence in 1999, which include crimes against humanity, genocide and torture. The programme s web-site at, includes information on upcoming serious crimes trials at the Dili District Court, comments on judgments as well as updated news on the development of the justice system in East Timor and Indonesia.

If you want to receive regular updates you can subscribe to JSMP s news service by sending an empty e-mail to, or go to

The lawyers at JSMP will also provide media with updates and comments, and function as a resource centre for NGOs, IGOs, Governments and others who need to keep up to date on the development of the justice system in East Timor and Indonesia.

For more information contact JSMP at

Phone ( +670 (390) 325-013
or Christian Ranheim

Phone +61(0) 419 804 600

Caitlin Reiger

Phone +61 (0) 419 366 404

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