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Ex-Priest Richard Daschbach charged with sexually abusing children
Eis-padre Richard Daschbach akuza ba
abuzu seksuál hasoru labarik feto sira

10 March 2021

Richard Daschbach is currently on trial in Oecussi District Court on charges of having sexually abused many underage Timorese girls over decades while he was running the Topu Honis orphanage in Oecusse, Timor-Leste. Daschbach, who came from the USA as a priest nearly fifty years ago, was defrocked by the Catholic Church in 2018 after he admitted the abuse during a Church investigation. The case, the first against a (former) priest in Timor-Leste, has become politicized, and misinformation has been widely circulating over social media.

La'o Hamutuk condemns sexual abuse of all kinds, and we support victims of such crimes.

Daudaun ne’e Richard Daschbach iha hela prosesu julgamentu iha Tribunal Rejiaun Administrativa Espesiál Oecusse-Ambeno ho akuzasaun ba hahalok abuzu seksuál hasoru labarik feto barak durante dékada balu, bainhira nia maneja orfanatu Topo Honis iha Oecusse, Timor-Leste. Daschbach, ne’ebé mai husi Amérika nudár amu lulik besik tinan lima nulu liubá, demite husi Igreja Katólika iha tinan 2018 depois nia konfesa aktu abuzu refere durante investigasaun husi Igreja. Kazu ne’e politizadu ona, no informasaun ne’ebé laloos habelar iha rede sosiais.

La’o Hamutuk kondena kualkér tipu abuzu seksuál, no ami suporta vítima husi krime hanesan ne’e.

To help others understand this case, La'o Hamutuk has collected some relevant reports, documents and analyses below, with translations when available. The language of each downloadable file - in Tetum, English and/or Portuguese - is shown in parentheses (T,E,P). We welcome additional material, commentary and information. This page is not comprehensive.Atu ajuda ema seluk komprende kazu ne’e, La’o Hamutuk rekolla ona artigu, dokumentu, no analiza balu iha kraik ne’e,  ho sira-nia tradusaun kedas bainhira iha karik. Ho linguajen sira ne’ebé bele download husi kada file - Tetun, Ingles ka Portugés - hatudu iha entre parénteze (T,E,P). Ami agradese ba matéria adisionál sira, komentáriu no informasaun.
 Date/ dataSource/ fonte

Official or original documents/Dokumentu ofisial ka orijinal

RDTL Código do Processo Penal / Kódigu ba Prosesu Penál (P,T)
RDTL Criminal Procedure Code (E)

2005DL 13/2005
RDTL Código Penal / Kódigu Penál (P,T)
RDTL Penal Code (E)
2009DL 19/2009
Open Letter from Donor to Topu Honis / Surat nakloke husi Doador ba Topu Honis (E,T)18 Oct 2019Tony Hamilton
Karta CET: Papa Francisco Desidi Richard Daschbach Laos Ona Padre, hosi 6 Novembro 2018 (T)  Karta (T)28 Jan 2021Neon Metin

Testimony from Topu Honis Victim (E)    Video Lian-Sasin Topu-Honis (T)

21 Feb 2021Neon Metin

Video: Testimony from second Topu Honis Victim /  Lian-Sasin Topu-Honis II (T,E)

9 Mar 2021Neon Metin

Media articles / Artigu husi media

Hasai padre tanba abuzu seksuál ba labarik sira iha Oecusse
Primeiro caso de pedofilia da Igreja Católica em Timor-Leste
Priest dismissed for sexual abuse of children in Oecusse (T,P,E)
1 Feb 2019Tempo Timor
Australian sponsor of Topu Honis tells how priest admitted sexual abuse
Doador australiano de Topu Honis conta como padre admitiu abuso sexual (E,T)
11 Feb 2019Tempo Timor
Interview with priest accused of sexually abusing children in Timor-Leste
"Haʼu nunka nega. Haʼu nunka konfirma. Haʼu so hateten de'it katak, ha'u laiha komentáriu" (E,T)
26 Feb 2019Tempo Timor

Ex-padre norte-americano acusado de abusos sexuais em TL detido para interrogatório
Former US priest accused of sexual abuse in East Timor arrested for questioning (P,E)

26 Apr 2019Lusa
Igreja TL Elabora sistema Denunsia Abuzu Sexual Ba Labarik (T)28 Oct 2019Tempo Timor
Ex-priest accused of child sexual abuse arrested in Oecusse
Eis Padre Suspeitu Abuzu Sexual fila ba Oekuse, PNTL Kaer Fali (E,T)
   Video (T)
13 Nov 2019Tempo Timor
Ministério Público timorense pede 10 anos de prisăo para ex-padre acusado de abuso de crianças
Timorese prosecutor asks for 10 years in prison for ex-priest accused of child abuse (P,E)
22 Sep 2020Lusa
Vaticano começou a investigar ex-padre acusado de abusos em Timor-Leste em 2016 (P)25 Sep 2020Lusa
In East Timor, self-professed paedophile and former priest Richard Daschbach continues to evade justice (E)30 Jan 2021South China
Morning Post
Ex-priest in sex case: Long battle for justice in TL
Eis-padre Iha Kazu Seksu: Funu Naruk Hodi Hetan Justisa Iha TL (E,T)
Feb 2021Rappler /
Neon Metin
Ex-padre que será julgado em Timor tinha calendário para abusos
Former priest to be tried in Timor-Leste had schedule for abuse (P,E)
21 Feb 2021Lusa

Fear still marks the trial of a former priest in Timor-Leste enclave
Medo ainda marca julgamento de um ex-padre em Timor-Leste (E,P)

22 Feb 2021APR / Lusa
Ex-padre acusado de abusos em Timor-Leste é procurado por fraude bancária nos EUA
Former priest accused of abuses in Timor-Leste is wanted for wire fraud in the U.S. (P,E)   Interpol notice (E)
22 Feb 2021Lusa
Former priest on trial for sex abuse in Timor Leste (E)23 Feb 2021Al Jazeera

Julgamento ex-padre acusado de abuso de crianças em Timor-Leste continua em março
Trial of ex-priest accused of child abuse in Timor-Leste continues in March (P,E)

23 Feb 2021

Lusa

Commentary and Analysis / Komentariu no analiza

Ramos-Horta: priest who sexually abused children in Timor-Leste should be in prison (E)13 Feb 2019Tempo Timor
Fokupers: "Bainhira Amo-Lulik ida book parte íntimu hosi labarik nia isin-lolon, ne’e mak krime"
Fokupers: ‘It is a crime when a priest touches intimate parts of the body of a child’ (T,E)
1 Mar 2019Tempo Timor
Conselhu Imprensa: Nota de Imprensa Sobre as Notícias da Visita de Xanana Ao Ex-Padre (P) 5 Feb 2021Conselhu Imprensa
JU,S announcement on upcoming trial (T,E)21 Feb 2021J,US
Ato "Lekinawa" da Costa: Violasaun Sexual: Hosi Militar Soeharto to'o Daschbach Topu Honis (T)21 Feb 2021Neon Metin

Sara Niner: Political leadership, patriarchal relationships, and the paedophile priest (E)

26 Feb 2021

Monash Uni. Lens

Alau: Pedofilia No Sira Nia Hahalok (T)26 Feb 2021Alau's blog

Antonio Sampaio: Justiça, Media, Abusos e o caso de RD / Justice, Media, Abuses and the case of RD (P,E)

26 Feb 2021

Facebook

Fundasaun Mahein: Political interventions undermine the rule of law and the fight against abuse (E)4 Mar 2021Fundasaun Mahein
Li-Li Chen: Refleta Ba Violensia Estrutural Iha Kazu Topu Honis
Reflecting on the structural violence in the case of Topu Honis (T,E)
5 Mar 2021Neon Metin
Timor Post

 

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