Law Makers Welcome the Report of the UNCAC Self-Assessment Review

Dili-4/05/2012— Yesterday afternoon, the Speaker and Representative of the Commission C of the National Parliament welcomed the Anti-Corruption Commission’s report on the First Cycle of the Self-Assessment Review of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) implementation in Timor-Leste and acknowledged the Commission’s great effort in leading the review process. The First Cycle Review covers the Convention’s Chapter III on Criminalization and Law Enforcement and Chapter IV on International Cooperation. The same report was presented to the Council of Ministers a day earlier.

During the presentation and discussion, the law makers were informed about some progress regarding law enforcement that Timor-Leste has made in compliance with the Convention’s proceedings, in which, the National Parliament has been played a crucial role. The discussion also touched upon Timor-Leste’s obligation as a State-Party of the Convention to take part in the review process of other State Parties’ UNCAC Self-Assessment.

Last year, Timor-Leste declined to exercise its duty to review one of the State-Party’s Self-Assessment due to human resources capacity and also to give opportunity for the country to experience being reviewed and to learn from other country’s experience. Timor-Leste is expected to take up the review exercise this year.

In order to become a Country Reviewer, the government of Timor-Leste must appoint up to 15 experts and the candidates’ details should be sent to the UNCAC Secretariat in Vienna for further review before taking up the exercise.

Delegation of the Country Review Team for Timor-Leste’s Self-Assessment Review is expected to arrive within the third week of May 2012.

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