Feb. 28, 2017

Timor-Leste communications: May 1, 2011 to February 28, 2017

This page summarizes cases raised with Timor-Leste by the Special Rapporteur between May 1, 2011, (when the Special Rapporteur took up his functions) and February 28, 2017 (the date of the last public release of communications). Communications are released to the public once per year. This page also contains observations on these communications and on responses received from Timor-Leste.

Communications and observations are divided into sections based upon which observation report they originally appeared.

Each communication is referenced as urgent appeal (UA), allegation letter (AL), joint urgent appeal (JUA) and joint allegation letter (JAL) – the hyperlinks lead to these documents. This is followed by the date the communication was issued, as well as the case number and the State reply (also hyperlinked if available).

Summaries and communications are published only in the language of submission (in the case of Timor-Leste, English).

First Report (May 1, 2011 to March 15, 2012)


Second Report (March 16, 2012 to February 28, 2013)


Third Report (March 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014)


Fourth Report (March 1, 2014 to February 28, 2015)


Fifth Report (March 1, 2015 to February 28, 2016)


Sixth Report (March 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017)

  1. Joint allegation letter, 08/03/2016. Case no. TLS 1/2016. State reply: None. Alleged attempt to prevent members of a human rights organization from exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.


Responses to communications
The Special Rapporteur regrets that he has not yet received a response to his communications sent during the reporting period, and reminds the Government of Timor-Leste that he considers responses to his communications as an important part of the cooperation of governments with his mandate. He looks forward to receiving detailed responses to the questions raised in these letters, at the earliest possible convenience, in conformity with Human Rights Council resolutions 24/5 (2013), 21/16 (2012) and 15/21 (2010).

The Special Rapporteur reiterates his concern that police efforts at intimidating members of the Asosiasaun Hukum, Hak Asasi dan Keadilan (the Law, Human Rights and Justice Association), also known as HAK, may restrict the legitimate exercise of the members of HAK’s rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, and may have a “chilling effect” on human rights defenders and civil society as a whole, particularly those with dissenting opinions, exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of association and freedom of expression.

More generally, the Special Rapporteur reminds the Government of its positive obligation to ensure that civil society, including human rights defenders, can carry out their legitimate work free in a safe and enabling environment without fear of threats or acts of intimidation and harassment of any sort.

For the full reports, containing communications, replies and observations for all countries, see the following links:

Report A/HRC/20/27/Add.3: May 1, 2011 to March 15, 2012

Report A/HRC/23/39/Add.2: March 16, 2012 to February 28, 2013

Report A/HRC/26/29/Add.1: March 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014

Report A/HRC/29/25/Add.3: March 1, 2014 to February 28, 2015

Report A/HRC/32/36/Add.3: March 1, 2015 to February 28, 2016

Report A/HRC/35/28/Add.4: March 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017