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Parker, Sarah. 2008 ‘Why is the Draft Arms Law Being Considered? Commentary on the Draft Arms Law in Timor-Leste.’ East Timor Law Journal, p. 4. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and the Timor-Leste Armed Violence Assessment / TLAVA. 11 August
Why is the Draft Arms Law Being Considered?
It is not clear what the broader policy behind the proposed law is since no white paper or policy paper has been released by the government. Indeed, there does not appear to have been a consultation process preceding the tabling of the draft arms law in Parliament, at least not with the police.
There have been some media reports that the proposed law is an attempt by the government to legalise civilian possession of firearms for the first time in the country's history. However, UNTAET Regulation No. 2001/5 on Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Offensive Weapons in East Timor, which came into force on 23 April 2001, already includes provisions for the Head of the UNTAET International Civilian Police Contingent (CIVPOL), on behalf of the Cabinet Member for Police and Emergency Services, to issue licences permitting the possession of firearms.