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UN Universal Periodic Review process regarding Human Rights in Timor-Leste
 Revizaun Periódika Universál ONU nian kona-ba Direitus Umanus iha Timor-Leste

 22 February 2012.    Updated 8 February 2017

Skip down/hare kraik for information on the second UPR for Timor-Leste, in 2016.

Every four years, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) conducts a process called Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on the human rights situation in every country. Timor-Leste is currently undergoing this process for the first time. Following the presentation of information and submissions from several sources during 2011, a HRC Working Group reviewed Timor-Leste on 12 October 2011 (video podcast). The members gave many suggestions to Timor-Leste's Government, which were discussed and adopted in a Council plenary meeting on 16 March 2012, as described on this Fact Sheet (also Tetum) from UNMIT and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Ambassador Joaquim Fonseca represented Timor-Leste in Geneva on 16 March, as anyone going from Dili would have lost their ability to vote in the next day's Presidential election. The one-hour debate began with an opening statement from Timor Leste, followed by supportive comments by more than a dozen countries and statements from the Provedor for Human Rights and Justice, Amnesty International, Save the Children/Plan, Marist/Franciscans, and IIMA (Istituto Internazionale Maria Ausiliatrice). UNMIT and the World Bank arranged for people to watching the webcast live in Dili, and the report on Timor-Leste was adopted without dissent.

More information on the UPR process, including background documents and translations into other UN official languages, is available on the Timor-Leste UPR page of the UN Human Rights website. Click here for information on other UN-related processes in Timor-Leste.

In a separate process, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights visited Timor-Leste in November 2011 and reported to the Council in June 2012.  Follow this link for her report (also Tetum), La'o Hamutuk's statement and Blog, and other information.

La'o Hamutuk has created this web page to allow more people to follow and participate in this process. We welcome information and documents from all sources.  See below for documents relating to the 2011 UPR.

Kada tinan haat, Konsellu Direitus Umanus ONU nian (HRC) halo prosesu atu hare situasaun direitus umanus iha nasaun ida ida, bolu Universal Periodic Review (UPR, Revizaun Periódika Universál). Agora dadaun, primera vez Timor-Leste involve iha prosesu ida ne'e. Tinan kotuk, ho informasaun husi fonte balun, Grupo Trabalho HRC nian halo revisaun kona-ba Timor-Leste iha loron 12 Outubru 2011. Nasaun sira fo ona sujestaun barak ba Governu Timor-Leste, no sei iha diskusaun tan no aprovasaun iha Sesaun Plenaria Konsellu Direitus Umanus iha loron 16 fulan Marsu 2012, tuir Informasaun Badak husi UNMIT no Alto Komisariu Direitus Umanus (OHCHR).

Ita bele hetan nformasaun tan kona ba prosesu UPR iha lian ofisial ONU nian iha pajina web UPR iha website ONU nian.

La'o Hamutuk kria pajina web ida ne'e atu fo oportunidade ba ema barak atu tuir no partisipa iha prosesu UPR. Ami apresia informasaun no dokumentu husi fonte hotu.


Timor-Leste is due for its second Universal Periodic Review on 3 November 2016 from 14:30 to 18:00 Geneva time. The three Human Rights Council countries coordinating Timor-Leste's review are South Africa, China and the Netherlands. Further background is in this UN Media Advisory, and the three-hour video podcast can be watched at

In March, the UN Country Team, Timor-Leste civil society (NGOs), the Provedor for Human Rights and Justice, Amnesty International and the Association for Disability submitted reports as part of the process.

Documents in many languages are on the UN OHCHR web page on this process. In August, the Timor-Leste Government reported on implementation of previous UPR recommendations, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights summarized submissions from 10 stakeholders and compiled information from UN treaty bodies. A separate report discussed compliance with the Convention against Torture.

During the session, Minister of Justice Ivo Valente spoke first (Port.), followed by about sixty representatives of different nations. We have compiled most of their statements here, and will add others and Minister Valente's response as they become available. Timor-Leste's government summarized the session.

On 15 November, a draft report summarized the proceeding and listed 154 recommendations from member states, to which Timor-Leste will respond at a Human Rights Council plenary in Geneva on 16 March 2017. HRC published their Final Report at the end of December, and the UN Human Rights Unit in Dili categorized its recommendations.


Timor sei hetan UPR ida tan iha loron 3, fulan Novembru tinan 2016. Membru tolu husi Konsellu Diretus Umanus sei kordena UPR ba Timor-Leste: Afrika do Sul, Xina, no Olanda. UPR sei hetan webcast (transmisaun direta) iha, no bele hetan informasaun tan iha Aviso ba Media husi ONU.

Iha fulan Marsu, UN nia ekipa iha TL, Timor-Leste sosiedade sivil (NGOs), Provedor ba Direitus Umanus no Justisa, Amnesty Internasionál (Tetum) no Asosiasaun Defisiénsia Timor-Leste haruka relatoriu sira ba prosesu ida ne'e.

Dokumentu sira iha lingua balun iha website UN OHCHR nian. Iha fulan Agostu, Governu Timor-Leste fó informasaun kona-ba implementasaun rekomendasaun sira husi UPR 2012, no Alto Komisáriu Direitus Umanus husi ONU sumariza submisaun husi stakeholder na'in 10 no halibur informasaun husi órgaun ne’ebé jere tratadu sira. Relatóriu ketak diskute Konvensaun Kontra Tortura.

Durante sesaun ida ne'e, Ministru Justisa Ivo Valente aprezenta uluk (Port.), molok maizumenus reprezentante na’in 60 husi nasaun lubuk. Ami halibur sira nia esteitementu, no sei aumenta iha pájina ida ne'e bainhira ami hetan resposta husi Min. Valente. Governu Timor-Leste nian sumariza sesaun ida ne'e.

Iha loron 15 Novembru, ezbosu relatóriu ida (Ing) sumariza prosesu no lista rekomendasaun 154 husi nasaun balun, no Timor-Leste sei responde iha plenaria Konsellu Direitus Umanus iha Jenebra iha 16 Marsu 2017. HRC/KDU publika Relatóriu Final iha Dezembru nia ikus, no Unidade Asesoria Direitus Umanus ONU nian iha Timor-Leste kategoriza sira nia rekomendasaun.

Documents relating to the 2016 UPR (chronological order)

From the UN

From governments


Dokumentu kona-ba prosesu UPR iha tinan 2016

Husi ONU

Husi Governu sira

Submisaun sira

Documents relating to the 2011 UPR

From the UN

From Governments

Submissions (English except where noted)

Dokumentu kona-ba prosesu UPR iha tinan 2011

Husi ONU

Husi Governu sira (hotu Ingles)

Submisaun sira


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Institutu Timor-Leste ba Analiza no Monitor ba Dezenvolvimentu
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