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ABOUT US:

OUR STORY, OUR CAUSE

Since 2010, we have promoted the findings and recommendations of the CAVR using the slogan, “Chega Ba Ita.” This refers to our deep conviction that the people of Timor-Leste has had enough of conflict and injustice, and need to genuinely implement the recommendations of the truth commission to ensure that these violations are never repeated. The saying “Chega Ba Ita” underlines our belief that the CAVR report was written based on the experiences and voices of the people, for the people. It is not a document that should be shelved and forgotten. It is a living document to be understood, debated, and re-invented for generations to come.

Associacaon Chega Ba Ita! (ACBIT) aims to promote the values and principles that served as foundation for the work of the CAVR, including human rights, justice and reconciliation. We are committed to bringing the lessons of the past to guide our decisions and choices as individuals and as a society, working towards the fulfillment of the promise for a better future for all.

Action Priorities:

  • Facilitating outreach, education and policy debate on the CAVR findings and recommendations.
  • Innovating research and trainings using participatory action methods.
  • Advocacy and community organizing on implementation of CAVR recommendations, particularly on gender justice.
  • Supporting victims to fulfill their rights through economic assistance, support group initiatives, and linking victims directly with necessary government and/or health representatives. ACbit is also regularly keeping up with victims’ cases on a monthly basis in 12 districts of Timor-Leste.

Innovations in 2015-2016:

  • Participatory Action Research for women victims between 1974-1999. Last year we initiated this research in Dili, Liquica, Bobonaro, Ermera, Baucau, Lautem, Aileu, and Cova-Lima district and this year our research will expand into Oecussi, Viqueque, Ainaro, Manatutu, and Oecussi. (Learn more about our methodologies! Link to Event Activities)
  • Engaging in research and support for children who were born out of rape/conflict and their families. The marginalized existence of children (who most of whom are adults now and some having children of their own) who were born out of the conflict period of Indonesian occupation is a widespread narrative which still has little understanding in society and even less acknowledgement by the political, and even CSO sector.
  • Facilitating advocacy support and trainings for the National Victims Association (AVN)
  • Facilitating trainings for;
    • Community organizing
    • Leadership
    • Gender justice
    • Paralegal, access and system comprehension
    • Trauma healing
    • Lobbying and hearing
  • Facilitate school tours of CAVR museum and historical lesson from all districts of Timor-Leste
  • Assisting university professors and members of the Ministry of Educatoin in implementing lessons and history from the CAVR into national school curriculum

Recent highlights:

  • Commemoration of international women’s day on March 8, 2013 bringing more than 200 women survivors to meet with government officials in Dili to demand access to services and fulfillment of their rights.
  • Participation in a 3 country comparative participatory research project with 40 women survivors in Dili, Ainaro, Baucau and Bobonaro (2013-now.) We launched a photo book entitled “Hanaruk Luta (Prolonged Struggle): Voices of Women Survivors of Violence, in May 2014.
  • Support for more than 120 women survivors’ economic projects in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Solidarity.
  • Outreach and education for young people using popular education materials based on the CAVR report. In 2013, we launched a comic version of the CAVR report in Portuguese with the Ministry of Education.

Our Partners :

 
AJAR is a non-profit organization whose aim is to contribute to the strengthening of human rights and the alleviation of entrenched impunity in the Asia-Pacific region.
Chega! is the final report of the Timor-Leste Commission for Reception, Truth, and Reconciliation generally known as CAVR, its Portuguese acronym. 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 AJAR Learning Centre, Kampung Damai (or the ‘Peace Village’) in Bali, Indonesia serves as an ideal venue for learning. Nestled in a simple eco-environment of aged teak, thatched roof buildings and a lush garden setting, Kampung Damai’s main training room is purpose-built, with spaces within the grounds for group discussions.
Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor (CAVR)