2007

LABEH published its first “Corruption Watch Report 2007”

The goal of this “Corruption Watch Report 2007” is to inform and influence polices to reduce the scale and incidence of corruption in the government administration of Timor-Leste. It is to strengthen our Government bid to “Good Governance and Accountability” and for zero tolerance against corruption for effective governance reform. 

There are many factors that provide particular opportunities for corruption. While Timor-Leste may share many of these characteristics of week and poor governance, there are both special problems and potential opportunities for reform that deserve particular attention. An understanding of the types of corruption in our government is essential to inform and rethink/ on how to develop models that may be used by the government to fight against corruption in Timor-Leste.

The events of 1999 and the flood of aid and the creation of wholly artificial and unsustainable economy coupled with the destruction of infrastructures has created conditions in which corrupt interest have been able to divert much of the badly needed funds to private ends. The perceived absence of integrity in our government severely weakens the credibility of our democratic institutions. Improving integrity or developing and implementing strategies for prevention and control of corruption is an integral part of ensuring accountability.

Corruption in the government ministries results in the misuse of the scarce resources that greatly affects the entire economy. Particularly in the areas supported by external assistance, corruption can devalue the reputation and efforts of national and international developments. Extensive research has been done both academically and through interviews by LABEH on the issues of corruption in Timor-Leste in our efforts to advocate for anti-corruption and in promoting transparency and accountability in the public administration. 

“The issues of corruption were largely ignored during the first Constitutional government led by Dr. Mari Alkatiri. There was no single case of corruption brought to court talk less of anyone been convicted during the first Constitutional government”.  Though there were efforts made to strengthening accountability and transparency in the first Constitutional government but there was no sustainable in-depth work of a comparative nature done on the issue. “But in the second Constitutional government led by Dr. Jose Ramos Horta, the issue of corruption began to receive the attention that it needs due to there are 12 cases of corruption now submitted to the office of the Prosecutor General for legal proceedings”.

LABEH Corruption Watch Report 2007 provides information on the recent experiences across a wide range of incidences of corruption in Timor-Leste; so as to inform the civil society on the issues of corruption and to encourage the State Inspector General and the Ombudsman for Human Rights and Justice to draw lessons from these experiences, for the implementation of standards that can curb corruption and strengthen the rehabilitation of integrity in our Government institutions. 

The aim of LABEH Corruption Watch Report 2007 is to share lessons learned during these first 5 years of our government administration and to inform the attitude of government officials in regards to the issues of corruption so that the next government could develop policies to counter them, and provide dipper understanding of the governance issues at stake, to implement a new strategy to fight corruption in the government.  

 

The Prime Minister Visited LABEH

The Timor-Leste second Constitutional government Prime Minister Dr. Jose Manuel Ramos Horta, visited LABEH in his strong support to LABEH in its fight against corruption. The noble Peace Prize encouraged LABEH to continue in its efforts as the only national NGO in Timor-Leste leading the fight against corruption and he promises that corruption would begin to receive the attention that it needs because there are 12 cases of corruption now submitted to the office of the Prosecutor General for legal proceedings”. Said Horta in his visit to LABEH.