Launch of the Chega! Report - Timor-Leste’s gift to humanity

Published: Wednesday 23rd September 2015

ACU is hosting the launch of the report of Timor-Leste’s truth and reconciliation commission that details human rights violations between 1974 and 1999 as well as victim support and reconciliation work.

When: Wednesday, 7th October, 6-8pm.

Venue: Christ Lecture Theatre, ACU, St Patrick's Campus, Melbourne. 

The Post-CAVR Secretariat is convening this important seminar to promote discussion and use of Timor-Leste’s monumental Chega! report, now available in a new English-language version.

Timor-Leste’s truth and reconciliation commission (CAVR) is regarded by experts as one of the world’s top TRCs and its Chega! report has been lauded by Jose Ramos-Horta, Kofi Annan, Archbishop Tutu, Indonesia’s human rights commission and others.

Why has CAVR and its report attracted such accolades? How has it been received in Timor-Leste and Indonesia?  What can it offer the world?

Visit the report, published by Gramedia in Jakarta, at

Chair: Joel Hodge lectures in theology at ACU and is the author of Resisting Violence and Victimisation: Christian Faith and Solidarity in East Timor (Ashgate, 2012).

Hand-over of Chega!: Guilherme Caiero worked for CAVR and is Director of the Post-CAVR Secretariat in Dili, Timor-Leste.

Launch of Chega!: Michael Leach lectures in politics at Swinburne University of Technology. He is co-founder of the Timor-Leste Studies Association, Board member of CHART and editor (with Damien Kingsbury) of The Politics of Timor-Leste: Democratic Consolidation after Intervention. (Cornell, 2013)

Comments: PAT WALSH edited the English Chega! report. He is the author of At The Scene of the Crime: Essays, Reflections and Poetry on East Timor, 1999-2010 (2011) and Stormy With a Chance of Fried Rice: Twelve Months in Jakarta (KPG, 2015). <>