Firing of Foreign Judges in Timor-Leste Threatens Justice System
By Susan Marx
In a dramatic challenge to the principles of democracy, on Friday night, the parliament of Timor-Leste decided in a closed session to fire all foreign judges and advisers in its justice system. The National Parliament passed Resolution No. 11/2014, calling on the government to audit the justice sector and immediately terminate all existing contracts of at least 11 international judges and prosecutors, as well as other international staff in the Courts, Public Prosecutor's Office, Public Defender's Office, Anti-Corruption Commission, and the Legal Training Center. In response, the government quickly passed Resolution No. 29/2014, an echo of Resolution No. 11. The stated legal basis for the resolutions was force majeure
and "national interest" – but it's unclear whether either is applicable in this case.
Myanmar’s National Museum Reveals Country’s Dynamic Past
By Julia Chen
Next month, Myanmar will host the ninth annual East Asia Summit, marking the conclusion of the country's highly anticipated leadership role as 2014 ASEAN chair. Over the last three years, Myanmar has made strides in moving forward...
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