An examination of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Timor-Leste across two cycles (2009, 2014) reveals:
Little concern for the state of Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) in Timor-Leste;
A positive attitude and approach towards compliance with international human rights standards including FoRB; and
Some concern was expressed regarding violence against minorities.
Key UPR Recommendations on FoRB
The following recommendations were made on FoRB across two cycles:
To investigate all incidents of violence against religious minorities;
To issue standing invitations to all Special Procedures of the United Nations; and
To ratify all remaining human rights conventions and to perfect its adherence to all international standards.
Follow-up Action for Parliamentarians
Whereas the Government of Timor-Leste has noted its guarantees on FoRB, Parliamentarians must follow-up in order to:
Ensure all domestic legislation complies with international standards as provided for in the Constitution;
To further sensitize local leaders on FoRB; and
Monitor policies with regard to refugees so as to prevent any discrimination on the basis of religion.
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