Update on Parliament and Chega!
In 2007 the Parliament asked its Committee A to study and make recommendations to the whole Parliament about the CAVR report Chega! Committee A’s resolution was scheduled twice for debate in 2008 but twice withdrawn from the agenda before the debate took place. In response to the second cancellation, in November 2008, the Fretilin and PUN parties moved on the floor of Parliament that the Committee A resolution be debated but this motion was lost. In statements of explanation, most MPs said they were not ready to debate the report because they had not read it. Despite concerns on the part of some MPs, there has been no further action in the Parliament during the last 8 months.
MPs participate in dialogue on truth, justice and reconciliation
A representative group of MPs took part in a three-day discussion on past conflicts held in Dili 17-19 June 2009. The discussion was sponsored by Bishop Gunnar Staalsett on behalf of Norway in cooperation with President Ramos-Horta. President Horta, Prime Minister Gusmao and several party leaders attended some sessions. Issues discussed included reparations, memorialisation, justice and institutional follow-up on CAVR and CTF recommendations. Though no firm conclusions were reached, the meeting is regarded as a step forward.
Dalan ba Dame video
A new version of the CAVR documentary Dalan ba Dame (Road to Peace) has been completed and will be available for general distribution in August. The new version is 75 minutes, about half the length of the original, and contains notes for presenters. As with the original, the video has sub-titles in 3 languages, but aims to be more educationally useful and to serve an as introduction to Chega!
Palestine and Timor-Leste
Palestinians, concerned to overcome internal divisions because of their grave negative impact on communities and the Palestinian cause, recently invited representatives of several truth commissions to meet with them in Cairo, Egypt, to talk about their experiences in reconciliation work. The three day consultation, 12-14 June 2009, included representatives from Morocco, South Africa, Timor-Leste, and Peru. Pat Walsh briefed the meeting on the work of CAVR with special emphasis on the similarities and challenges common to the struggles of the Timor-Leste and Palestinian peoples.
Indonesian women's organization publishes part of Chega!
KomnasPerempuan, the Indonesian Government supported women's human rights commission, has published the chapter on sexual violence (7.7) from the CAVR Report, Chega! as one of its key document series. The 308 page book also contains the recommendations in the CAVR report designed to support the reforms necessary to avoid recurrence of the shocking violations recounted in the report.
Chega! Resource Kit
The Post-CAVR Secretariat has published a resource kit on the CAVR report Chega! The kit, in Indonesian and English, is sub-titled 'Making the CAVR report work for non-violence and human rights' . It contains five separate action guides on how various sectors can assist to implement the CAVR recommendations. The five guides are directed to women, NGOs, teachers, religious bodies and the international community. The kit was produced with financial support from the Office of the President's reconciliation program and is introduced by President Ramos-Horta. (See website under Dissemination )
A summary of the statistical findings in the CAVR report Chega! on the conflict-related death-toll in Timor-Leste 1974-1999 can be found on this website under Analyses of CAVR. The Secretariat has prepared this summary to make clear CAVR's findings on this controversial topic and to correct misreporting about CAVR's findings. In brief, CAVR engaged top statistical experts and collected new data, but was only able to establish in a scientifically-defensible matter the lowest possible number of conflict-related civilian deaths which it put at 102,800. CAVR did not estimate an upper limit though it speculated that this could have been as high as 183,000.
The CAVR report recommends extensive memorialisation in Timor-Leste. To back up these recommendations, Jose Caetano and Pat Walsh have created a power point presentation to share ideas in Timor-Leste on how other post-conflict countries have remembered or memorialized their experiences and used memorials to advance human rights. The three case studies are: Ireland , Cambodia and Germany . The lecture has been presented twice in Dili. (See this website under Dissemination)
Photos of recent community activities at the Balide Comarca. (See Comarca)