Silverio Pinto Baptista

Silverio Pinto Baptista (born 20 June 1969 in Dili, Timor-Leste) is the Provedor (Ombudsman) for Human Rights and Justice of Timor-Leste. He has held this position since October 2014. He is supported by the Office of the Provedor for Human Rights and Justice, or Provedoria dos Direitos Humanos e Justiça (PDHJ), which is the National Human Rights Institution of Timor-Leste.[1]

Silverio Pinto Baptista (2017)

Early lifeEdit

Silverio Pinto Baptista grew up during the Indonesian occupation of Timor-Leste during which he witnessed suffering and serious human rights violations. As a consequence he took part in Timor-Leste’s resistance movement from a young age.

EducationEdit

Silverio Pinto Baptista pursued a law degree at the University of Indonesia and participated in student organisations supporting Timor-Leste’s independence.[2]

Professional lifeEdit

After returning to Timor-Leste, Silverio Pinto Baptista worked with the Association for Rights (HAK) as a human rights defender providing legal assistance to young Timorese captured by the Indonesian military during incidents in several parts of the country. In 2003 he was promoted to the position of Deputy Director of HAK.

On a voluntary basis, he has worked with a number of Timorese NGO’s including ALFELA, FOKUPERS, MAHEIN Foundation and others. In 2005, he started working for the PDHJ as deputy Provedor.[3] In October 2014, he was sworn in as the new Provedor for Human Rights and Justice.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Meet the Ombudsman and Deputies - PDHJ - Provedoria dos Direitos Humanos e Justiça". Office of the Provedor for Human Rights and Justice. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Full members: Timor-Leste". Asia Pacific Forum. Archived from the original on 20 February 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Full members: Timor-Leste". Asia Pacific Forum. Archived from the original on 20 February 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Timor-Leste: Silvério Baptista é o novo Provedor de Justiça e dos Direitos Humanos". Jornal Digital (Portuguese). Archived from the original on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2015.