Timor-Leste

Bill governing cyberspace threatens to restrict freedoms as State of Emergency extended

Restrictions related to a proposed law governing cyberspace and the ongoing state of emergency threaten to affect the country’s civic space. Read more

Bill governing cyberspace threatens to restrict freedoms as State of Emergency extended

Protests restricted and criminalised in Timor-Leste

Civic space in Timor-Leste remains ‘obstructed’ in the recent ratings issued by the CIVICUS Monitor. In September 2020, there were reports of a political protest being restricted and the arrests and conviction of a group protesting against abuses in West Papua, Indonesia. Read more

Protests restricted and criminalised in Timor-Leste

Criminal defamation proposal will weaken democracy in Timor-Leste, says civil society

In the past few months, government efforts to criminalise defamation in Timor-Leste have ramped up, with Timorese authorities proposing a draft law restoring the crime in the penal code. Fourteen Timorese activists were arrested following a protest to call for the release of West Papuan activists. Read more

Criminal defamation proposal will weaken democracy in Timor-Leste, says civil society

Journalist groups concerned about job and salary cuts in Timor-Leste amid the pandemic

Journalists in Timor-Leste are facing salary and job cuts amid the pandemic. In Tibar, police fired tear gas on protesters opposed to a planned COVID-19 quarantine site in the area. Read more

Journalist groups concerned about job and salary cuts in Timor-Leste amid the pandemic

Timorese students detained for protest on West Papua outside Indonesian embassy

In December 2019 , at least five of the protesters were detained after Timorese students and civil society groups organised a solidarity protest for West Papua outside the Indonesian embassy in Dili. On 12th November 2019, at least 2,000 people gathered to commemorate victims of the 1991 Santa Cruz massacre Read more

Timorese students detained for protest on West Papua outside Indonesian embassy

Authorities disrupt peaceful protest in Timor-Leste

In recent weeks, the authorities disrupted a student protest on West Papua and also banned protests around the 20th anniversary of the referendum. There are concerns about efforts to introduce new criminal defamation laws. Read more

Authorities disrupt peaceful protest in Timor-Leste

Political interference and intimidation of the press in Timor-Leste

A regional CSO reported in May 2019 that there have been reports of of press intimidation and interference in Timor-Leste. In the same month, workers held a mass May Day rally in the capital Dili, demanding their rights Read more

Political interference and intimidation of the press in Timor-Leste

Interview: Civil society activist speaks about situation of civic freedoms in Timor-Leste

CIVICUS interviews José Luis Sampaio, the Director of Timor-Leste's Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP) in Timor-Leste Read more

Interview: Civil society activist speaks about situation of civic freedoms in Timor-Leste

Elections held in Timor-Leste after months of political gridlock

Timor-Leste held parliamentary elections on 12th May 2018, after months of political gridlock. On 28th May 2018, the Supreme Court confirmed that the Alliance for Change and Progress as the winning party . The elections were held peacefully, with minor clashes between supporters during the campaign period. Read more

Elections held in Timor-Leste after months of political gridlock