Asian Journal of PEACEBUILDING

Volume 9 Number 1 (May 2021)

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Special Issue: Trajectories of Twenty Years of State-building in Timor-Leste

The Pursuit of Justice, Truth, and Peace: Reflections on Twenty Years of Imperfect Transitional Justice in Timor-Leste

Kyoko Cross pp. 139-162
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The transitional justice policies employed in Timor-Leste are among the most multifaceted and comprehensive ever attempted. However, what these mechanisms
have collectively accomplished has not been adequately evaluated. The long-term effectiveness of transitional justice should be judged in terms of the multidimensional
relationships between the many policies and programs relevant to redressing the legacy of the past. The impunity of those most responsible for human rights
violations casts a sizable shadow over the transitional justice efforts; however, analysis of the establishment of the Chega! National Centre (CNC) shows that the gradual
development of transitional justice in Timor-Leste has broken through a structural bottleneck. This is due to persistent calls for transitional justice from civil society and the slow but steady implementation of relevant programs.

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