Key Points

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.

Source: Country Briefing on Freedom of Religion or Belief produced by Asia Centre and IPPFoRB

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Mohammad Mujeeb