Chega!, the title of the report, means ‘stop, no more’ in Portuguese. It was chosen to sum up the single most important message that victims of the 25-year conflict wanted CAVR to highlight and to inform its recommendations.
The report has been highly praised. Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of Timor-Leste, described it as ‘an encyclopedia of our history’ and called for its ‘great teachings’ to be utilised. Archbishop Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate and former Chair of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said the report ‘deserves to take its rightful place in the international canon of human rights and conflict resolution literature’. Ifdhal Kasim, former Chair of the Indonesian Human Rights Commission, said the report ‘is an important contribution to democratisation and security sector reform in Indonesia’.
The report comprises five volumes:
Vol 1: CAVR’s work and mandate; history of the conflict; analysis of the occupying power and the resistance; profile of human rights violations 1974-1999.
Vol 2: Human rights violations: self-determination; unlawful killings and forced disappearances; forced displacement and famine.
Vol 3: Human rights violations (cont.): arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment; violations of the laws of war; political trials; rape, sexual slavery and other forms of sexual violence; violations of the rights of the child; economic and social rights.
Vol 4: Findings on responsibility and accountability; the community reconciliation process; victim support; recommendations.
Vol 5: Appendices on: crimes against humanity in 1999, data and statistical methods, indictments by the Serious Crimes Unit, and acknowledgements (including donors); glossary; index.
Also available are:
- Chega! A Plain Guide (100 page summary).
- CD of the full report
- Comic book version