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.
POST-CAVR TECHNICAL SECRETARIAT
Following the dissolution of CAVR in December 2005, President Xanana Gusmao inaugurated a Post-CAVR Technical Secretariat to complete unfinished CAVR projects. The Secretariat occupies the same historic prison site in Dili as CAVR and has four principal responsibilities. These are (a) to disseminate the CAVR report and other products, (b) to complete CAVR's publishing program, (b) to care for the CAVR archives and (d) to care for the Comarca heritage site. The Secretariat has no research or reconciliation mandate.
The new Australian movie Balibo includes a number of indirect references to CAVR. The film, which recounts the murder by Indonesian military of 6 Australian-based journalists in Timor-Leste in 1975, begins with testimony to a commission of inquiry and ends with the findings of the fictitious commission. A website constructed by academic Clinton Fernandes includes extensive quotes from Chega! and makes use of the CAVR poster collection. Visit: www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/hass/Timor/
The movie, with Tetun sub-titles, will be screened in Timor-Leste in August. An Indonesian dubbed version is also in preparation.
Walk through Chega! Exhibition
“This is a beautiful and deeply moving exhibition”. Visitor
“I have learned so much. Never again. Thank you”. Visitor
This permanent exhibition is a stimulating, multi-media, introduction to Chega!, the report of the Timor-Leste truth commission, CAVR. Located in four rooms in the old Dili prison in Balide Rd, the exhibition is in Tetun and English, and is open to the public each working day. Tour guides and a coffee shop are available. Bookings and further information: tel 3310315, email <firstname.lastname@example.org>
10th anniversary publication
The section of Chega! on self-determination will be published to mark the 10th anniversary of the 30 August 1999 Popular Consultation. The layout and printing of the 150 page publication is being undertaken by UNMIT in collaboration with Post-CAVR and will be printed in three languages. President Ramos-Horta has provided a foreword.More