Subject: Local Media Monitoring - August 28, 2003
LOCAL MEDIA MONITORING
STL INTERNAL SECURITY ACT VIOLATES CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS
An human right activist from HAK Foundation, Nug Kadjasunkana, has told STL that the Internal Security Act, which has been approved by the National Parliament, clearly violates the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights not the Geneva Convention as has been suggested by several intellectuals. Mr Kadjasunkana said " if the Government wants to control social communication through this act it will be a clear violation of the Convention on Civil and Political Rights". The article said that Timor-Leste had ratified the Convention on September 10, 2002.
HEALTH VICE MINISTER SAYS:"THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH WILL BUILD MORE HEALTH CENTERS
The Vice Minister of Health, Mr Luis Lobato said on Tuesday that his department will rehabilitate more community health centerS, provide midwives to health centers, and also water to health centers with inadequate water supply. The Vice Minister was visiting Lospalos where he held a meeting with local health authorities to assess problems in that district.
TL PUBLIC DEFENDERS UNDERTAKE COMPARATIVE STUDY TO MALAYSIA
The Malasyan Embassy spokesperson, Mr Mohamad Rameez Yahya, told STL last Friday that Timor-Leste's Public Defenders have chose Malaysia to undertake a comparative study. He said that their choice was based on the good relationship between the two countries and also because of the use of the same language. Mr Yahya also said that Malaysia has sent a special police unit consisting of 175 personnel to Timor-Leste under the United Nations flag.