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Report Launch: Timor-Leste: Internet Freedoms Under Threat

14 July 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM BMT

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Timor-Leste: Internet Freedoms Under Threat analyses the state of internet freedoms against the background of emerging national legislation pertaining to online content and privacy of data. With the rise in internet and social media usage, the scrutiny of government figures on the digital platforms has resulted in a push for legislation aimed at cracking down on criticism and surveilling online content. The collection of personal data in a move to digitalise public administration and the economy furthers the risk of surveilling online critics. The report examines the potential regression in online political expression that may emerge should the proposed laws and amendments such as the Draft Criminal Defamation Law, Draft Cyber Crime Law and the announced Data Privacy and Protection law be introduced. In order to promote and protect internet freedoms, freedom of expression and access to information in Timor-Leste, this report provides specific recommendations that can be used as a tool box for freedom advocates to amend, or remove certain provisions in current and draft legislation.  

Date: 14th July 2021

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Bangkok, Thailand GMT+7) / 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (Dili, Timor-Leste GMT+9)

Registration from 12:45 pm (Bangkok  / 2:45 pm (Dili) onwards


Dr. James Gomez, Regional Director, Asia Centre

Nukila Evanty, Executive Director, Women’s Working Group

Marta da Silva, Researcher, La’o Hamutuk

Adilson da Costa Junior – Strategic and Engagement Lead, Oxfam


Asia Centre is a not-for-profit social enterprise that seeks to create human rights impact in Southeast Asia. The Centre achieves this by undertaking evidence-based research on critical human rights challenges and develops knowledge toolkits, such as books, reports, baseline studies, policy briefs, commentaries which are used for advocacy purposes to promote and protect democracy and human rights.

Women’s Working Group is an Indonesian-based civil society organisation advocating for marginalised communities, indigenous people’s rights and socio-environmental justice.

La’o Hamutuk (Walking Together in English) is a Timor-Leste NGO that monitors, analyses, and reports on the principal international institutions and systems engaged in Timor-Leste as they relate to the physical, economic, and social reconstruction and development of the country.

Oxfam is a major international NGO working to tackle poverty, inequality and improve the lives of all people worldwide. Oxfam has worked in Timor-Leste For over 40 years during its times of crisis, recovery and change.

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14 July 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM BMT
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