After a Caritas Australia-sponsored visit to East Timor, the NSW Deputy State Coroner, Jan Stevenson, has made a wide range of recommendations designed to reinstate a more effective justice system in East Timor.
    Her recommendations include the establishment of a missing persons registry, the deployment of properly trained scientific and forensic police in East Timor, and the deploment of Australian forensic pathologists to assist with setting up of fully equipped morgue and training of staff, including introduction of 'nurse pathologists'.
    Ms Stevenson travelled to Timor in June as part of the Caritas Australia Evidence Collection Training Program. Since last December, Caritas Australia has worked with the Catholic Church's Commission for Justice and Peace in the Dioceses of Dili and Baucau, on the investigation of human rights violations, particularly in the training of East Timorese in collection of evidence that can be used in possible future human rights courts.
    Ms Stevenson also recommended the introduction of a coronial system incorporating a registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the introduction of a mentoring system to aid the development of Timorese judges, defenders and prosecutors, and improvements to interpreter services.
20 Sep 00

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