Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation CAVR

Comissao de Acolhimento, Verdade e Reconciliaçao CAVR de Timor-Leste

Linked with Galuh Wandita – Indonesia.

The Timor-Leste Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR – the Portuguese acronym) – was set up in 2001 and functioned from 2002 until its dissolution in December 2005. It was an independent, statutory authority led by seven East Timorese Commissioners and mandated by UNTAET Regulation 2001/10 to undertake truth seeking for the period 1974-1999, facilitate community reconciliation for less serious crimes, and report on its work and findings and make recommendations. Its 2,800 page report entitled ‘Chega!’ was presented to the President, Parliament and Government of Timor-Leste following its completion in October 2005. (Homepage).

Formation of the Commission; CAVR Poster Exhibition;
Chega! The CAVR Report; Truth Seeking; Reconciliation; Analyses of CAVR;
Disseminating Chega! – Report on the Post-CAVR Technical Secretariat Dissemination Program, January 2007, 39 pdf-pages;
Post-CAVR Technical Secretariat: profile; News and Updates; CAVR archives and library;
The Comarca;
Address: CAVR, Executive Director: Rev Agustinho de Vasconselos,
- Street address:Rua Balide, Dili, Timor-Leste.
- Postal address: PO Box 144, Dili, Timor-Leste;

Dissemination: As part of its mandate, the Post-CAVR Technical Secretariat has engaged in active dissemination of the CAVR report Chega! and other CAVR products. This dissemination has focussed on Timor-Leste but has also included some international outreach conducted in a number of countries mainly by civil society organisations in the UK, Indonesia and Australia.

In Timor-Leste, dissemination by the Post-CAVR Secretariat was substantially disrupted and delayed due to the 2006 crisis in Dili. However, from August teams undertook visits to every district and sub-district of Timor-Leste through to January 2007. Funded by the Government of Japan, this work included distribution of Chega! and publications of three of CAVR’s public hearings, screenings of the CAVR video Dalan ba Dame, the broadcasting of weekly radio programs and a 5-part audio version of Dalan ba Dame, and seminars and workshops in each district capital, including Dili. In the course of dissemination, teams from the Secretariat shared the results of CAVR’s work with a wide cross-section of the community, including victims, NGOs, faith communities, government and government agencies.

The community expressed strong appreciation for the work of CAVR and the report and disappointment that the Parliament of Timor-Leste has not yet debated the Report. However, in view of the size of the report and the complex and challenging nature of its contents and recommendations, it is clear that this dissemination was introductory and too short.

In view of the relevance of Chega! and its key lessons and values to on-going nation-building in Timor-Leste, the Post-CAVR Secretariat is conducting a more focussed, intensive program of socialisation in 2007 …

… New socialisation resources: … (full text).

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