Taur Beats Down Portuguese in the Courts of Timor-Leste.

Major General Taur Matan Ruak interviewed in Metinaro last week speaks
out aggressively against the ongoing use of Portuguese in Timor-Leste’
courts. Claiming that common Timorese who find accused cannot
understand the charges, processes, verdicts and sentencing. He states
that every international staff in the court system should either learn
Tetun or leave the country.

In 2001 the Constituent Assembly adopted Portuguese as an official
language in what was a generally unpopular decision as the vast
majority of Timorese do not speak, understand or read Portuguese.

Posted By TEMPO SEMANAL to TEMPO SEMANAL on 3/16/2010 08:01:00 AM


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