Citation(s) from the literature library

Parker, Sarah. 2009 ‘Handle with Care: Private Security Companies in Timor-Leste.’ East Timor Law Journal (2009), pp. 1, 4. Dili: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and ActionAid, Timor-Leste Armed Violence Assessment / TLAV. 16 November

Relevant contents

[T]he government is considering legislation authorizing non-state security personnel (and other civilians) to carry and use firearms in the course of their duties.(3)…

An estimated 3,500 employees work as private security personnel for the three main PSCs [private security companies] operating in Timor-Leste.

PSC personnel are generally not subject to thorough background checks or screening, and although there is a preference for employing people with
previous security experience, this is not a requirement.

PSC personnel are not currently permitted to carry firearms. Some carry defensive weapons such as batons and tasers, however.(15)

Sources cited:
3) For further details of the proposed legislation, see Parker (2008).
15) Email correspondence with Maubere Security, 9 June 2009.

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