Accountability for Serious Crimes and National Reconciliation in Timor-Leste: Progress or Wishful Thinking?

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Resource Type
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Creator
  • Pampalk, Madalena (University of Vienna, Austria)
Collective Title
  • ASEAS – Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies
    3(1)
Publication Date
2010
Publication Place
Vienna
Contributor
  • SEAS – Gesellschaft für Südostasienwissenschaften / Society for South-East Asian Studies (Editor)
Language
English
Free Keywords
Timor-Leste; East Timor; Accountability; Reconciliation; Justice; Human Rights
Description
  • Abstract

    In 1999 – after 24 years of Indonesian occupation – the people of Timor-Leste voted for their independence. However, Timorese anti-independence militias and the Indonesian military reacted with widespread and systematic attacks against the civilian population in the form of murder, rape, torture and deportation. In order to achieve accountability for the human rights atrocities and reconciliation, various mechanisms at the international, national and regional level were established in Timor-Leste and Indonesia. Despite this multi-layered approach, including courts and alternative justice mechanisms such as truth commissions, justice failed to be delivered. Drawing from the achievements and shortcomings of these institutions, this paper explores why many expectations were left unmet and highlights the influence politics had on the functioning of the organisations. Yet, some hope can be drawn from recent developments that justice for the atrocities committed in Timor-Leste will not be denied for good.
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  • Is part of
    ISSN: 1999-253X (Online) (Text)
  • Is part of
    ISSN: 1999-2521 (Print) (Text)
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    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14764/10.ASEAS-3.1-2 (Text)

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