This is a report of recent research in Timor-Leste to understand what families of those missing as a result of the conflict seek in response to their victimhood. Whilst the authorities deny the need for prosecutions and talk of 'social justice', rights agencies insist that victims seek prosecutions: neither however has sought the views of ordinary victims. This study uses qualitative research methods with a representative sample of victims, using a list collected by ICRC over a 30 year period serving as a sampling frame. It aims to determine both what victims seek a decade after the end of conflict and their attitude towards those transitional justice mechanisms that have taken place, essentially a victim-centred evaluation of that process.
This research also aims to inform the ongoing process towards the creation of an institution to implement the recommendations of both CAVR and the CTF.
The report can be found at:
I would very much welcome any comments or feedback.
Simon Robins www.simonrobins.com
Post War Reconstruction and Development Unit, University of York
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