LABEH led the National Consultation to Establish Commission against Corruption in Timor-Leste (CAC)

 “National Consultation for Civil Society on the Government Option to Establish Anti-Corruption Commission for Timor-Leste”. Read the report here

The consultation was organized to enable the Government to hear the views and opinion of the civil society on the option of the Government to establish Anti-Corruption Commission for Timor-Leste. The consultation attracted the participation of over 1000 people both National and Regional. The President of the Republic Dr. Jose Ramos Horta and the Minister of Finance Hon. Emilia Pires opened the National Consultation on 14 July 2008.

The president of the Republic and the Minister of Finance emphasized the importance of eradicating corruption, the worst social disease identifiable, they said the option of the government to establish Anti-Corruption Commission is in line with the government policy of reform thus it is very important, their opening statement made a notable difference that saw the unprecedented interest and participation of the civil society.

The civil society presented their views and ideas during the consultation and urge the Government to establish the Anti-Corruption Commission for Timor-Leste. The majority of the participants welcomed the commitment of the government in establishing the Commission and cautioned that the commission should be independent and free from every political intervention, that all powers to curb corruption should be vested to the commission. They also urge the government to provide financial autonomy adequate for the commission and security for the Commissioners.  

Governu Fo Knar ba LABEH

Governu sei la hari’i órgaun ida ne’e, enkuantu seidauk halo konsulta ho sosiedade tomak – atu hatene sira nia hanoin ne’ebé di’ak liu kona-ba oinsá bele avansa ba oin. Ami sei servisu hamutuk ho sosiedade siviil kona-ba formasaun Komisaun ida ne’e .

Ne’ebé ohin, ha’u bele anunsia katak Governu sei komesa períodu hala’o konsulta ho sosiedade siviil no partes interesadas kona-ba dalan dia’k liu bá oin – relasiona ho estrutura, mandatu no poderes Komisaun Anti-Korrupsaun nian.


“Ministra Finansas Emilia Pires, liu nia diskursu wainhira partisipa iha seremonia konsulta nasional ho sosiedade sivil iha salaun Ministeriu Estrangeiro iha Pantai Kalapa, Segunda 14/07, hatete katak, governu for knar ba NGO Lalenok ba Ema Hotu (LABEH) atu realiza konsulta nasional ho sosiedade sivil hodi rona sira nia hanoin kona ba proposta governu nian hari’i komisaun kontra korupsaun”. (STL Kuarta, 16 Jullu 2008)

In his speech to the National Parliament on December 18, 2007, the Prime Minister said “For the first time we have a government that is truly committed to minimizing the risk of corruption in our country. To strengthen these efforts we will also start to prepare the creation of a new body, the Anti-Corruption Commission of Timor-Leste, which will develop a national Anti-Corruption Strategy that includes actual and coercive mechanisms for a more efficient fight against corruption”.

On April 11, 2008 at a workshop organized by the United Nations on “Promoting the Culture of Democracy and Good Governance” the Prime Minister restated his commitment on establishing the Commission of Anti-Corruption.