Chega! The CAVR Report
Chega! is Portuguese for ‘no more, stop, enough’. It was chosen as the title of the CAVR Report because it captures the main message given by victims to the CAVR. This was that the human rights violations they experienced must never be allowed to recur and that the best way to avoid repetition is not to allow impunity for offences and to undertake reforms and practical steps like those recommended in the Report.
Chega! is over 2500 pages long. Its contents cover the CAVR’s creation, activities, victim support, community reconciliation work, truth-seeking about human rights violations between 25 April 1974 and 25 October 1999, findings and recommendations. It addresses the following human rights violations: self- determination, killings and disappearances, forced displacement and famine, detention and torture, violations of the laws of war, political trials, sexual violence, violations of the rights of the child, and violations of economic and social rights. Chega! also contains many statistics and graphs, a short history, and a long appendix on the violence of 1999. The chapter on responsibility and accountability contains the CAVR’s findings on violations committed by Indonesia, Fretilin, UDT and others.
The CAVR was required to write the Report impartially and objectively. The Report is principally directed to those most deeply involved in building the new Timor-Leste: the people of Timor-Leste, the President of the Republic, the Government and its agencies, the Parliament, the international community and donors.
We hope readers will not be deterred by the length of the report. Many sections stand alone and can be read independently.
Some comments about Chega!
"The extensive CAVR Report is an encyclopedia of our history, rich in both teachings and suffering. We must utilise its great teachings to better understand today's crisis and to help prevent future crises".
Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Laureate, Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, 10 July 2006
"This is a monumental report, massive in its detail and scope, that documents in harrowing detail a quarter-century of war, massacre, torture, forced relocations, starvation and systematic rape".
Tom Hyland, International Editor, The Sunday Age, Melbourne.
It's an excellent report. You and your colleagues should be commended for your extraordinary work".
Jane Stromseth, Professor of Law, Director of the Human Rights Institute, Georgetown International Law Centre, Washington DC.
"Easily the most important document on crimes against humanity to have emerged since the Timor crisis began to unfold in 1975."
James Dunn, author of 'East Timor: A Rough Passage to Independence'.
"Chega! sangat berharga khususnya bagi mereka yang percaya pada pentingnya pengungkapan kebenaran dan dapat menjadi pembelajaran agar kejahatan kemanusiaan tak terulang kembali".
Asmara Nababan, Mantan Ketua KomnasHAM
"The cumulative force of the summary statements of the human reality of the violence experienced by the people of East Timor through the period 1975 to 1999 was enough to bring me to a deep sense of grief as I struggled through the volume."
"Sosialisasi Chega! penting sekali bagi rakyat Timor-Leste maupun Indonesia agar rakyat kedua belah pihak tahu apa yang sesungguhnya terjadi".
Ade Rostina Sitompul, Aktivis HAM dan Kemanusiaan
"The CAVR Report constitutes an important milestone in the search for justice, truth and reconciliation in Timor-Leste. It is my sincere hope that (it) will be an enduring contribution to building the Timorese nation and will help to prevent the recurrence of such tragic events in Timor-Leste and elswhere".
Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, 26 July 2006
"Our organisations are deeply impressed by the remarkable achievements of the CAVR in documenting the truth about the widespread and systematic violations of human rights perpetrated between 1974 and 1999."
UK based Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Tapol, Progressio, March 2007