Drug-Trafficking: Timor-Leste as a Transit country

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March 28th 2018

Transnational organized crime is a global concern that has detrimental affects for people’s lives in the countries where the networks operate. Timor-Leste may be at risk of such impacts, due to a number of drug shipments that have been seized over the last few years, and which have involved both civilians and security sector personnel.

Fundasaun Mahein’s (FM) monitoring has concluded that Timor-Leste is a transit nation for transnational organized crime groups smuggling narcotics into neighbouring countries, particularly Indonesia. Due to Timor-Leste’s porous borders and security sector capacity shortfalls, the nation’s air, land and sea access points provide opportunities for criminal activity.

This report outlines recent drug cases that raise concerns regarding the vulnerability of Timor-Leste as a transit point for drug traffickers.

For more details on this issue, please see below:


Nélson Belo
Executive Director of FM
Phone: +670 78316075 or 7756 1184
Email: direktor.mahein@gmail.com
Website: www.fundasaunmahein.org

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