Timor-Leste: UN expert warns dismissal of judicial officials may have ‘chilling effect’

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, today warned that the audit of the justice sector and the dismissal of all international judicial personnel from Timor-Leste puts at risk the independence of the judiciary in the country.

Ban hails Timor-Leste’s ‘impressive advances’ on 10th independence anniversary

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of Timor-Leste on the 10th anniversary of their country’s restoration of independence, hailing the “impressive advances” over the past decade, and noting that national institutions are now able to safeguard stability and democracy.

UN congratulates Timor-Leste for peaceful and orderly run-off poll

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his top envoy in Timor-Leste have congratulated the people of the country on the successful holding today of the second round of the presidential election.

UN police serving in Timor-Leste awarded national medal of merit

United Nations police serving in Timor-Leste were honoured this week with the country’s medal of merit for their efforts to assist the fledgling nation consolidate peace and security.

FROM THE FIELD: Calm in Dili as Timor-Leste votes

Patients at Timor-Leste’s national hospital, located in the capital, Dili, had an unusual sighting around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday – in addition to the doctors and nurses on their regular early rounds, mobile voting units were paying their own visits to the hospital’s patients.

Praising progress in Timor-Leste, Ban urges peaceful, democratic presidential poll

As the presidential election in Timor-Leste approaches, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all candidates to conduct their activities in a peaceful and democratic manner, saying the poll is yet another milestone since the restoration of the country’s independence in 2002.

Security Council extends UN presence in Timor-Leste until end of 2012

The Security Council today extended until the end of 2012 the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste so that it can continue to help promote peace, stability and development in what is expected to be a very eventful year for the country.

Timor-Leste has made significant progress towards peace and stability – UN envoy

Timor-Leste has made significant progress in strengthening national peace and stability, the United Nations envoy for the country told the Security Council today, noting that preparations for presidential elections next month and legislative polls later in the year are going smoothly.

Concluding its work, UN refugee agency closes office in Timor-Leste

The United Nations refugee agency has closed its office in the Timor-Leste capital, Dili, after more than 12 years, a move hailed by national leaders as a sign that the country had overcome most of the humanitarian problems it has faced in its recent history.

Timor-Leste making progress implementing disaster response measures, UN official says

A top United Nations official today praised Timor-Leste’s efforts to respond more effectively to natural disasters and encouraged the country’s authorities to support more communities to ensure that vulnerable regions are better protection.