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September 21, 2022

UCA News - September 21, 2022

Ryan Dagur – The Vatican has opened a new embassy in Timor-Leste capital Dili in an effort to strengthen ties with the Catholic-majority tiny Southeast Asian nation.

Vatican Deputy Secretary of State Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra inaugurated the new embassy in Dili on Sept. 20 along with President Jose Ramos-Horta.

September 16, 2022

Macao News - September 16, 2022

Timor-Leste and Vietnam are set to strengthen relations following a high-level meeting between Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien and Minister of Tourism, Trade and Industry of Timor-Leste Jose Lucas Da Silva in Siem Reap, Cambodia, during the 54th ASEAN Economic Ministers' Meeting.

September 15, 2022

UCA News - September 15, 2022

Ryan Dagur – Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta has underlined the importance of the papal document on human fraternity in building a prosperous country amid serious challenges, including extreme poverty.

September 7, 2022

Sydney Morning Herald Editorial - September 7, 2022

The growth of China's influence in our region is a significant issue, but there is a danger in making it the sole focus for relations with our neighbours.

Australia has for years been on the alert about China's ambitions in the Pacific, and those concerns were realised this year when the Solomon Islands concluded a security agreement with China.

Reuters - September 7, 2022

Melbourne, Australia – Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and China could all be interested in investing in the Greater Sunrise gas project in the waters between Timor Leste and Australia, President Jose Ramos-Horta said on Wednesday.

Associated Press - September 7, 2022

Nick Perry, Wellington, New Zealand – Give our country $100 billion – or stop lecturing us about making money from fossil fuels.

That was the message East Timor President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta had Wednesday for those raising environmental concerns about his nation's proposal to build a new gas-processing plant.

Sydney Morning Herald - September 7, 2022

Matthew Knott – East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta has defended China's role as a growing strategic and economic power in the Asia-Pacific, arguing it has "hardly ever" invaded other countries and was unlikely to do so in the future.

Reuters - September 7, 2022

Sonali Paul, Melbourne – Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and China could all be interested in investing in a long-delayed gas project in the waters between East Timor and Australia crucial to the Asian nation's future, East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta said on Wednesday.

ABC News - September 7, 2022

John Lyons and Sarah Ferguson – Timor-Leste's President Jose Ramos-Horta has revealed China is "very interested" in partnering with his government on a contentious gas project.

Mr Ramos-Horta said he'd had informal discussions with Chinese officials about their potential involvement in the project over the last two or three years.

September 6, 2022

The Interpreter - September 6, 2022

Parker Novak – It's been hard to miss Jose Ramos-Horta, the President of Timor-Leste, in the news over the past couple of weeks. He's been doing the rounds with major media outlets, including the ABC and Guardian Australia.

UCA News - September 6, 2022

Thousands of people in Timor-Leste lined the streets of the capital Dili to welcome the Catholic-majority nation's first on Sept. 5.

Cardinal Da Silva, Archbishop of Dili was returning home after attending a consistory on Aug. 27 during which Pope Francis created 20 new cardinals including himself and five others from Asia.

September 5, 2022

Associated Press - September 5, 2022

Rod McGuirk, Canberra – East Timor's President Jose Ramos-Horta arrived in Australia on Tuesday for a state visit as negotiations over lucrative gas resources reach a critical stage for his impoverished nation.

September 1, 2022

Reuters - September 1, 2022

Sonali Paul, Melbourne – East Timor's majority owner of the huge Greater Sunrise gas field says piping gas from the field to be processed in East Timor can be done economically and would be much cheaper to run than if the gas were piped to Darwin in Australia.

West Australian - September 1, 2022

Tess Ikonomou (AAP) – Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong has pushed back against Timor-Leste's use of the media to apply pressure to Australia over a gas project.

Senator Wong is in Timor-Leste's capital Dili on Thursday, where she is in discussions to resolve a dispute over the location of a gas processing hub.

WA Today - September 1, 2022

Matthew Knott – Foreign Minister Penny Wong has used a visit to East Timor to publicly rebuke the country's president, Jose Ramos-Horta, for using the media to pressure Australia over the terms of a massive potential gas project in the Timor Sea.

August 29, 2022

UCA News - August 29, 2022

The people of Timor-Leste rejoiced at the inauguration of Salesian Cardinal Dom Virgilio do Carmo da Silva, the first cardinal for the tiny Catholic-majority country.

The 54-year-old archbishop of Dili was among 21 new cardinals that received a red hat at the consistory in the Vatican on Aug. 26.

August 23, 2022

Macao News - August 23, 2022

Timor-Leste's president, Jose Ramos-Horta, has warned his nation will seek Chinese support if Australia and corporate giant Woodside Energy fail to back a gas pipeline between the resource-rich Timor Sea and his country's southern shore, rather than Darwin.

August 22, 2022

UCA News - August 22, 2022

Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta has come under criticism for his decision to confer an award to a retired Indonesian army general, who allegedly violated human rights during the country's independence struggles.

August 19, 2022

UCA News - August 19, 2022

A top leader of Timor-Leste's minority Muslim community has turned down an offer from a leading Indonesian Muslim group to open its branch in his Catholic-majority country, fearing it would destroy religious harmony.

August 14, 2022

Channel News Asia - August 14, 2022

Singapore – Timor-Leste's president Jose Ramos-Horta recently declared his hope that his country would become the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) eleventh member in 2023 when Indonesia chairs the regional grouping.

August 11, 2022

UCA News - August 11, 2022

Ryan Dagur – Timor-Leste's Baucau Diocese has apologized for the controversial decision by a local parish to impose a heavy fee for issuing baptismal certificates.

August 10, 2022

Macao News - August 10, 2022

Timor-Leste's Petroleum Fund (PF) was worth US$17.84 billion at the end of June, down from US$19.12 billion at the end of March, the central bank has announced.

August 4, 2022

UCA News - August 4, 2022

Luke Hunt, Phnom Penh – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Aug 3 that he was confident Timor-Leste would become the 11th member of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) by next year, shelving plans to shepherd the tiny state into the bloc under his stewardship.

The Diplomat - August 4, 2022

Luke Hunt – Expectations that Timor-Leste would be shepherded into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen have been formally dashed amid concerns the tiny country is not ready for membership in the bloc.

August 3, 2022

UCA News - August 3, 2022

Ryan Dagur – Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta has urged citizens to respect and not discriminate against the Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

"Timor-Leste must show a model or example about respect, tolerance to our children, to our brothers involved in this community," he said in a statement on his official Facebook page on Aug. 3.

August 1, 2022

Australian Financial Review - August 1, 2022

John Kehoe – A confidential report prepared for East Timor's government advises that the stalled Greater Sunrise gas project to be operated by Woodside Petroleum in waters north of Australia can be built and run at a similar cost in East Timor, instead of Darwin.

July 27, 2022

Committee to Protect Journalists Press Release - July 27, 2022

Bangkok – Authorities in East Timor should drop their investigation into journalist Raimundos Oki and stop using legal threats to curb independent reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.

July 22, 2022

UCA News - July 22, 2022

Indonesia's leading Catholic university has signed a deal to collaborate with nine universities and colleges in neighboring Timor-Leste, as part of an effort to improve education quality and foster fraternity between the institutions.

UCA News - July 22, 2022

A global media watchdog has urged Timor-Leste to drop charges against a journalist accused of violating judicial confidentiality by publishing reports questioning the virginity tests of underage girls in an abuse case involving an ex-priest.

July 21, 2022

Jakarta Globe - July 21, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Timor Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta on Thursday talked about how arduous it is to get a seat in ASEAN and even said that entering heaven would be easier than getting full membership in the Southeast Asian grouping.

July 20, 2022

Asia Pacific Report - July 20, 2022

Anything concerning the Catholic Church is extremely sensitive in Timor-Leste, as Raimundos Oki, the editor of The Oekusi Post website can confirm, reports the Paris-based global media freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

UCA News - July 20, 2022

Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta has said he will be nominating two moderate Indonesian Muslim organizations for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Macao News - July 20, 2022

Timor-Leste and the United States have signed the largest cooperation agreement ever, valued at US$420 million, focused on improving infrastructure in Dili over the next five years.

The agreement was signed by the Timor-Leste Cabinet office minister, Fidelis Magalhaes, and Millennium Challenge Corporation Vice Chairman Cameron Alford, at a ceremony in Dili.

July 19, 2022

Reporters Without Boarders - July 19, 2022

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Timor-Leste's authorities to put the public interest first by dropping charges against a journalist accused of violating judicial confidentiality for reporting that 30 girls were illegally detained and forced to undergo virginity tests as part of the investigation into an American Catholic priest accused of raping minors.

Reuters - July 19, 2022

Jakarta – Timor Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta said on Tuesday during a visit to Indonesia that he hoped to boost trade ties between the countries and seal a decades-long bid by his nation to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next year.Ramos-Horta met his counterpart Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on his first state visit to neighbouring Indonesia since he was elected

July 15, 2022

Asia Pacific Report - July 15, 2022

Sirwan Kajjo, Dili – In a deeply Catholic country, accusations that an American priest abused dozens of children at an orphanage stunned many in East Timor.

July 14, 2022

Viet Nam News - July 14, 2022

Jakarta (VNA) – Timor-Leste has reiterated its readiness to become a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) while working with the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Fact-Finding Mission to the country.

July 12, 2022

The Conversation - July 12, 2022

Spencer Zifcak – Last week Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus put an end to Canberra lawyer Bernard Collaery's criminal prosecution.

Collaery was prosecuted in 2018 and was facing five charges, including allegedly conspiring with his client, "Witness K", to disclose confidential information about the Australian government's spying operation in Timor-Leste.

World Socialist Website - July 12, 2022

Oscar Grenfell – Last Friday, Labor government Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus announced that he was ending the prosecution of Bernard Collaery, a lawyer who had been charged with breaching national security laws by allegedly exposing Australian spying on East Timor.

July 10, 2022

Scoop - July 10, 2022

Binoy Kampmark – The Anglo-Australian legal system has much to answer for. While robed lawyers and solemn justices proclaim an adherence to the rule of law, the rule remains a creature in state, more fetish than reality.

July 9, 2022

Sydney Morning Herald Letters - July 9, 2022

Australians in general are not hobbled by the convention of neither confirming nor denying what is as plain as day ("Bernard Collaery's leaking charges over East Timor operation dropped on Mark Dreyfus' orders", July 8).

July 8, 2022

Crikey.com - July 8, 2022

Bernard Keane – Bernard Collaery's immediate ordeal is over. For four years he has been pursued by a vindictive government hellbent on punishing him not merely for helping, with Witness K, to expose the malignant crimes of the Howard government in Timor-Leste, but for trashing basic concepts of the rule of law to do so.

The Guardian - July 8, 2022

Kieran Pender – It was easy to feel hopeless, watching from the sidelines as a brave whistleblower went through hell.

Australian Financial Review - July 8, 2022

Michael Pelly – The unprecedented decision by Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus to discontinue the prosecution of former ACT attorney-general Bernard Collaery over national security leaks could lead to a substantial bill for the Commonwealth.

July 7, 2022

The Guardian - July 7, 2022

Christopher Knaus and Paul Karp – Timor-Leste's president, Jose Ramos-Horta, has welcomed the "wisdom and fairness" of the decision to end the prosecution of Bernard Collaery, saying the lawyer is a "good man" who represented the best of Australian ideals.

The Conversation - July 7, 2022

Michelle Grattan – The Albanese government has acted quickly to abandon the prosecution of Bernard Collaery, who was charged in relation to the leaking of information about Australia's alleged spying in Timor-Leste.

Crikey.com - July 7, 2022

Bernard Keane – The prosecution of Bernard Collaery for his role in the exposure of the Howard government's bugging of the Timor-Leste cabinet in 2004 is over. This afternoon, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus announced that he had no-billed the prosecution, under section 71 of the Judiciary Act.

SBS News - July 7, 2022

High-profile lawyer Bernard Collaery says he can finally move forward with his life after Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus ordered longstanding leaking charges against him to be dropped.

Mr Collaery had been facing charges for four years after he was accused of leaking classified information about an alleged Australian spying operation in East Timor.

WA Today - July 7, 2022

Lisa Visentin – Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has ordered the Commonwealth to drop the prosecution of lawyer Bernard Collaery, four years after he was charged with leaking classified information about Australia's alleged spying operation in East Timor.

The Guardian - July 7, 2022

Christopher Knaus – On the last day of summer, 2013, lawyer Bernard Collaery sat down to pen a missive to a client known only as Witness K. The client, a veteran of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, had spent years stewing over his involvement in an Australian mission to bug the offices of Timor-Leste during 2004 negotiations to carve up crucial oil and gas resources.