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"The Constituent Assembly yesterday adopted three new articles to the East Timorese constitution who all relates to the process of bringing perpetrators of previous serious crimes in East Timor to justice. The articles, however, surprisingly limits the process quite significantly compared to the system already established by UNTAET. ... JSMP fear that the limitations of the adopted articles derives mainly from confusion over legal terminology and lack of knowledge of the system currently in place for trying Serious Crimes in East Timor. The end result may be that some of the most severe crimes will not be tried, or tried in a court system already overburdened with cases and where the lack of resources may seriously endanger the defendant’s right to a fair trial. In another surprising decision, the assembly adopted a regulation establishing the right of the East Timorese Parliament to revise the mandate of the Reception, Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The suggestion was raised by Chief Minister Mari Alkatiri, and will limit the independence of the commission drastically." Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP)
See also:

BD: East Timor's Judicial System
BD: Constitutional Process

Constituent Assembly adopts Serious Crimes articles

JSMP Dili, 31/01/02

The Constituent Assembly yesterday adopted three new articles to the East Timorese constitution who all relates to the process of bringing perpetrators of previous serious crimes in East Timor to justice. The articles, however, surprisingly limits the process quite significantly compared to the system already established by the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor(UNTAET).
The assembly decided to continue the Special Panels for Serious Crimes, who are composed of one East Timorese and two international judges, until to all cases under investigation prior to 20 May 2002 are finalized. While the panels today are able to try violations of international criminal law whenever they took place, the assembly decided to limit the jurisdiction of the panels to only cover crimes committed between 1 January 1999 and 31 December 1999.

Crimes either committed prior to 1999, or were investigations are initiated after 20 May 2002 are to be heard by the ordinary courts of East Timor. The Assembly, however, limited the ordinary courts to only hear crimes against humanity cases, while cases of war crimes, genocide and torture under international law was left out.

The Dili based NGO “The Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP)” fear that the limitations of the adopted articles derives mainly from confusion over legal terminology and lack of knowledge of the system currently in place for trying Serious Crimes in East Timor. The end result may be that some of the most severe crimes will not be tried, or tried in a court system already overburdened with cases and where the lack of resources may seriously endanger the defendant’s right to a fair trial.

In another surprising decision, the assembly adopted a regulation establishing the right of the East Timorese Parliament to revise the mandate of the Reception, Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The suggestion was raised by Chief Minister Mari Alkatiri, and will limit the independence of the commission drastically.


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Portuguese:
Programa de Monitorização do Sistema Judicial (PMSJ)
Atualiza: 17 dezembro
O Programa de monitorização do sistema judicial (PMSJ) foi logo estabelecido em 2001 em Díli, Timor Leste. Através da monitorização do tribunal, a provisão da analisa legal e dos relatórios temáticos sobre o desenvolvimento do sistema judicial, o PMSJ visa contribuir a evaluação em curso e edificação dum sistema de justiça em Timor Leste.
Tel/fax. (670) 390 323 883 Mobile: (61) 419 804 600
1/la Rua do Moçambique, Farol, Díli
Email: info@jsmp.minihub.org
Para mais informações vide http://www.jsmp.minihub.org


Bahasa Indonesia/Melayu:
Program Pemantauan Sistim Peradilan
Diperbarui: Des 15
Program Pemantauan Sistim Peradilan (JSMP) merupakan sebuah projek independen yang telah dikembangkan dibawah perlindugan Asosiasi Juris Timor Loro Sa’e dan La’o Hamutuk, sebuah organisasi  yang terdiri dari orang-orang Timor Loro Sa’e dan internasional. Melalui pemantauan kasus-kasus pengadilan dan menghasilkan analisa hukun dan laporan-laporan tematis tentang perkebangan sistim peradilan secara menyeluruh, JSMP bertujuan membantu Administrasi Transisi, masyarakat umum Timor Loro Sa’e dan masyarakat internasional dengan memberikan rekomendasi-rekomendasi bagi perbaikan yang terus-menerus di mana masalah-masalah spesifik diidentifikasikan. Sasaran utama dari program adalah memperbaiki mutu keadilan yang diberikan oleh sistim peradilan yang baru didirikan, memajukan HAM dan pemerintahan yang berdasarkan hukum dengan cara yang bermanfaat dan transparan bagi masyarakat Timor Loro Sa’e.
Sahe Institute building, Rua da Mozambique I/1-A Palapaso, Dili – East Timor (via Darwin, Australia)
Phone: (Mobile) 0419 804 600
Alamat pos: P.O. Box 340 Dili, East Timor via Darwin, Australia
Christian Ranheim, christian@jsmp.minihub.org, Télpon (Mobile): +61(0) 419 804 600;
Caitlin Reiger, caitlin@jsmp.minihub.org, Télpon (Mobile): +61 (0) 419 366 404;
Email/Phone: info@jsmp.minihub.org, Télpon: +670 (390) 325-013
Situs-Web (Bahasa Inggeris): http://www.jsmp.minihub.org


English:
Judicial System Monitoring Programme  Updated Nov 15
JSMP is 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.
    Regular updates: subscribe to JSMP’s news service by sending an empty e-mail to list-subscribe@jsmp.minihub.org
    Sahe Institute building, Rua da Mozambique I/1-A Palapaso, Dili – East Timor (via Darwin, Australia)
    Phone: (Mobile) 0419 804 600
    P.O. Box 340 Dili, East Timor via Darwin, Australia
    Christian Ranheim, christian@jsmp.minihub.org, Phone: (Mobile): +61(0) 419 804 600;
    Caitlin Reiger, caitlin@jsmp.minihub.org, Phone: (Mobile): +61 (0) 419 366 404
    Email/Phone: info@jsmp.minihub.org, Phone +670 (390) 325-013;
    Homepage: http://www.jsmp.minihub.org
    Jun 1 2001 JSMP: New Human Rights Project in East Timor: http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/01junjsmp.htm


    See also:

    BD: East Timor's Judicial System - A collection of recent reports, articles and news

    BD: Constitutional Process / Konsulta iha Konstituisaun - A collection of recent media releases, reports, articles and news


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