Order of Timor-Leste
|Order of Timor-Leste
Ordem de Timor-Leste
Ribbon bar of the order
|Awarded by the President of East Timor|
|Eligibility||Civilians and military personnel including foreigners|
|Awarded for||Recognition of significant contributions to national peace and stability.|
|Established||6 May 2009|
|Next (higher)||Orders given to the Fighters and Martyrs for National Liberation|
|Next (lower)||Medal of Merit|
The Order of Timor-Leste (Portuguese: Ordem de Timor-Leste) is the highest honour currently awarded by East Timor. Established in 2009, the order was created after the original honours granted by East Timor. It is of a more general and broader nature than the original orders related to East Timor's independence. The order recognises the contributions of East Timorese and foreign nationals who have made a significant contribution to East Timor, the Timorese or Mankind in general.
Criteria and award procedure
The Order of Timor-Leste is awarded to recognise and thank those individuals who have made a significant contribution for the benefit of East Timor, the Timorese, or Mankind. This general criteria recognises such acts as:
- Exceptional merit while in the performance of military duties or in the command of the armed forces while on campaign
- Acts of heroism, both military and civil
- Exceptional acts of sacrifice or self-denial for the benefit of the country or others
- Distinguished service in the performance of duties related to public administration, in the magistracy, or diplomacy
- Military service of an exceptional nature
- Cultural merit, particularly in the fields of literature, science, art, or education
- Relevant services provided to help the dignity of man or defence of the cause of freedom
- Any public or private works which demonstrate selflessness and self-denial for the benefit of the community
- Distinguished service in the field of sports
The President of East Timor may present the Order of Timor-Leste on his own initiative, by the proposal of the National Parliament, or by a proposal of the Council of Ministers. The Minister of Defence and Security and the Chief of Staff of the Armed is consulted when the order is to be presented to East Timorese or foreign military personnel. The Minister of Defence and Security and the General Commander of Timor-Leste's National Police Force is consulted whenever the order is to be presented to East Timorese or foreign members of police forces. The Foreign Minister is consulted whenever the order is to be presented to a foreigner.
The Order of Timor-Leste is presented in four grades:
Each grade may only be bestowed once upon the same person. The Great-collar is bestowed exclusively on to Heads of sovereign States. Upon the completion of their term of office those persons who have served as the President of the Republic are entitled to be awarded the Great-collar of the Order of Timor-Leste. The collar is granted on the day following the installation of the next President of the Republic.
The medal of the order may also be granted to communities, institutions, diplomats, police forces and units and military units. The medal is granted to entities deemed worthy of recognition by way of an official report of the Council of Ministers, who have existed for at least 15 years and are likely to exist on into the future. Military and police units are not held to this same standard.
- Collar of the Order
- Medal of the Order
- Judith Fergin
- Sir Angus Houston
- Timor Leste Defence Force
- UN Police UNMIT
- Mohamed Salama Badi
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