October 2015 marks 10 years since CAVR handed over the Chega! Report to Timor-Leste's President, Xanana Gusmao.  AJAR and its partners are taking stock of the impact of Chega!, gathering the views of victims and human rights advocates on its unfinished business.  In this photo, family members of the disappeared from the Marabia incident (June 1980) remember their loved ones. (Photo: AJAR)


Parts of Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste, were burned to the ground in 1999 after Indonesia lost the independence ballot. (Photo: Ross Bird)

Survivors of Torture

Josefa and Immaculada, two East-Timorese survivors of torture, visit the former Balide prison where they were incarcerated. The building now houses an exhibition on the work of Timor-Leste’s truth and reconciliation commission (CAVR.) Josefa and Immaculada are active members of the National Victim’s Association, advocating for their rights to truth, justice and reparations. (Photo: AJAR)


 In the late 1970s, tens of thousands of East Timorese, many of them children and elderly people, died from war-induced famine. (Photo: Peter Rodgers)


 The CAVR commission used a former political prison in Dili as its headquarters, symbolising Timor-Leste’s transformation. (Photo: Pat Walsh)


 A scene from one of CAVR’s innovative community reconciliation ceremonies. (Photo: CAVR Archive)

Learning from the past

CAVR staff tell East Timorese students about past violence during a visit to the interrogation cells in the former prison. (Photo: Pat Walsh)

Chega! Comic

After the CAVR launched its report, a group of educators and human rights workers from Timor-Leste and Indonesia worked together to produce a comic book series on Chega! The series was originally written in the Tetun language for Timorese high-school students. It is now also available in Portuguese. English and Indonesian versions will be published later in 2015.


Timor-Leste is a half-island former Portuguese colony. Occupied by Indonesia 1975-1999, it is now an independent democracy of about 1 million people.


Welcome to the Chega+10 website!

The site is presented by AJAR, a regional NGO, as a one-stop shop for key reports from commissions of inquiry into human rights in the Asia-Pacific region.

It offers the Timor-Leste Chega! report plus others – from Australia across to Sri Lanka and up to North Korea – stark reminders that the so-called Asian Century is not so flash when it comes to human rights.

The Timor-Leste Chega! report is prioritised because it will mark its 10th anniversary in October 2015 and, as Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said, ‘it deserves to be more widely known’. This report is also newly published in Indonesian and English and now available in hard and electronic versions.

Hard copy sets and summaries of the English language Chega! will be distributed gratis from Dili to institutions in selected countries in the course of 2015. A Portuguese language version will be available from August 2015.

Researchers looking for more CAVR-related material should consult

Read also AJAR’s latest study impact on Chega! in Indonesia, “Inconvenient Truth: The Fate of the Chega! and Per Memoriam Ad Spem reports on Timor-Leste”, August 2015. Download here.

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