Fascinating! The quote from the new law/ decree, seems like
copy-pasted out of a new bill causing an uproar in South Africa!
As for proof of identity to buy a SIM, I would actually applaud that
throughout the world, given the amount of damage done by cowards from
behind the anonymity of a cell number. When I was in Geneva for the
various events of the World Summit, at some point they introduced a
ruling that people staying less then xx days in the country would not
be allowed to buy a local SIM.
As for who is keeping an eye on civil liberties in Timor, you could
contact the Asia office of Article 19 (the organisation by that name)
On 04/08/2008, John M Miller wrote:
> > Return to Rai Ketak
> > Spook-y
> > August 3, 2008I once had a nightmare about being pulled aside for
> > questioning by some shadowy officials regarding my research in Timor.
> > Paranoid?
> > My last trip in Timor, I was asked for a copy of my passport to buy a SIM
> > card. And I was required to give a full address. I thought that was bit
> > excessive.
> > I recently read in a Timorese publication that all Timor Telcom SIM cards
> > must be registered. Unregistered cards will be illegal.
> > And now the law for the Intelligence Service, approved by the Council of
> > Ministers, only now reaching us over the ETAN list serve. (Was it passed by
> > parliament or considered a Decree Law?)
> > It would be interesting an analysis of this law. I am hardly qualified to
> > comment. Who are the intelligence agents mentioned in the law? (It sounds as
> > though they are already working for PNTL and FDTL.)
> > It does feel to me that Article 19 could be potentially used against
> > whistleblowers, like those who have been loading Wikileaks with fascinating
> > documents over the past weeks.
> > State secrecy shall apply to data and intelligence the dissemination of
> > which is susceptible of causing damage to the unity and integrity of the
> > State, to the defence of the democratic institutions provided for in the
> > Constitution, to the free exercise of their respective functions by the
> > organs of sovereignty, to the internal security, to national independence,
> > and to preparations for military defence.
> > Perhaps the debate on the Defamation Law is more immediate… But it all
> > seems related.
> > Who is keeping an eye on civil liberties in Timor?
> > The images of the students being arrested at UNTL with taped mouths was
> > powerful. But there is much more at stake than the right to protest within
> > 100m of the Parliament!
> > Posted by giantpanda
> > http://raiketak.wordpress.com/2008/08/03/spook-y/