Timor-Leste Safety, Security, and Justice Perceptions Survey, 2022
In 2022, The Asia Foundation conducted its sixth nationwide survey to capture general public and community leader perceptions of safety, security, and justice in Timor-Leste. These surveys generate empirical data that can be used by policymakers, the police, researchers, and development organizations to respond to people’s experiences and perceived challenges of security and justice, with a view to strengthening the human security of people in Timor-Leste.
Since 2008 (when the first survey was conducted), surveys have been modified to enable the exploration of contemporary issues to best inform emerging policy and practice. This year, the survey explored the different roles community leaders play in dispute resolution and how they make decisions, as well as views on the ways in which the members of vulnerable groups interact with state and non-state law and justice actors. These new avenues of inquiry were pursued alongside a range of questions about safety, security, justice-seeking behaviors, and the Polícia Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL), which have been asked since the surveys first commenced.