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Subject: Post-CAVR: Misrepresentation of East Timor truth commission report

POST-CAVR TECHNICAL SECRETARIAT Ex Balide Comarca, Rua de Balide, Dili, Timor-Leste Tel (+670) 331263 Website: <>

MEDIA RELEASE, 12 November 2007

Misrepresentation of East Timor truth commission report

Following UNMITís release of its human rights report last week, some Australian journalists have mistakenly labelled the Timor-Leste truth commission report a UN report.

The report in question - Chega! The Final Report of the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (or CAVR, to use its Portuguese acronym) Ė is not a UN report. Chega! is the work of an East Timorese institution and its seven Timorese Commissioners.

The misunderstanding is possibly due to the fact that CAVR was signed into law by the UNTAET transitional administration in 2001, but, like other initiatives at that time, this did not make it a UN institution. CAVRís origins derive from the Resistance umbrella organization CNRT whose Congress in 2000 debated and endorsed the idea. Its seven Commissioners and most of its staff were East Timorese and it employed a uniquely Timorese community reconciliation process to deal with crimes committed in 1999.

CAVR presented its report to then President Xanana Gusmao in October 2005 who in turn presented it to the Parliament of Timor-Leste the following month. After dissolving CAVR in December 2005, President Gusmao established the Post-CAVR Technical Secretariat to disseminate the Report. The Secretariat is engaged in distributing and workshopping the Report throughout Timor-Leste and has conducted seminars on the Report in Indonesia and Australia.

The National Parliament of Timor-Leste is expected to debate the Report in 2008.

The full Report and information on other publications and activities can be found on the CAVR website in 4 languages:


Rev Agustinho de Vasconselos EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Further information: Pat Walsh, Senior Adviser. (+670) 726 8423 <>

Media release on CAVR report and UN 12 Nov 07

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