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Pillar II in Focus--The Responsibility to Assist: Police capacity-building in Timor-Leste and the 2012 parliamentary elections
APC R2P Brief (2012)
  • Charles Hawksley
  • Nichole Georgeou
Abstract
This briefing paper provides a short background to the 2012 elections in Timor-Leste, and explores the UNPOL mandate to support and build the capacity of the Polícia Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL – the Timor-Leste National Police), so that Timor-Leste will be able to manage security for its citizens without international assistance. Based on fieldwork conducted during June 2012, including interviews with human rights-focused NGOs, and with international police implementing bilateral and multilateral capacity building, we argue that the 3,200-3,400 strong PNTL is theoretically ready to go it alone when the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste departs, and explore questions as to how the force will be used by the government, and the way in which further diverse institutional police capacity-building efforts by bilateral donors can be coordinated.
Keywords
  • Nichole Georgeou,
  • Charles Hawksley,
  • Timor-Leste,
  • UN,
  • police,
  • PNTL
Publication Date
August, 2012
Citation Information
Charles Hawksley and Nichole Georgeou. "Pillar II in Focus--The Responsibility to Assist: Police capacity-building in Timor-Leste and the 2012 parliamentary elections" APC R2P Brief Vol. 2 Iss. 6 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/charles_hawksley1/3/