PN urges Govt to establish reparation measures for victims of sexual abuse

PN urges Govt to establish reparation measures for victims of sexual abuse

PN Deputy Speaker, Angelina Sarmento (Photo Tatoli/Egas Cristóvão

DILI, 28 march 2023 (TATOLI) – National Parliament, today urged the Government to establish reparation measures for victims of serious sexual abuse that occurred between 1975 and 1999. 

“The initiative of the law on Reparation Measures for Victims of Sexual Violations lapsed in 2012. We, therefore, ask the Government to consider this bill to give special protection to the right to privacy of victims of sexual abuse, access to scholarships, and the Government’s program Uma Naroman ba Povo,” PN Deputy Speaker, Angelina Sarmento, said at the House of Parliament. 

Victims of sexual violence have not received any special treatment from the government in the last 20 years, particularly with regard to some protection for their children.

This circumstance was not helped by the fact that the Reparation Measures for Victims of Sexual Violence Act had never been passed at the general approval stage and therefore had never really been in force. As a result, many people who are victims of sexual abuse had not been considered victims of such abuse.

The National Parliament appreciated organizations such as the Chega ba Ita Association (ACbit) and Asian Justice and Rights (AJAR) for their insistence on demanding special treatment for victims of sexual abuse during the period of Indonesian occupation.

At the same place, MP Elvina Sousa said: “together with two other deputies, they met last week with some victims’ associations who were able to denounce the periods in which they were sexual victims.”

“Victims of sexual violations have been marginalized by the Government’s lack of attention. Therefore, these associations have asked the Government to speed up measures to ensure fair treatment for victims of sexual abuse. We cannot deny the involvement of these people in Timor-Leste’s liberation struggle,” said Sousa.

Sousa said that the victims continue to demand compensation, for example, a recognition by the State that results in explicit support for the future of their children.

In october 2022, Maria de Jesus da Silva, one of the victims of sexual abuse, requested the Government and the State to recognize the status of victims of sexual abuse and survivors of war, as these people contributed to the self-determination of the country.



Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges


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