'. . . And the Truth Shall Set You Free': Confessional Trade-Offs and Community Reconciliation in East Timor

'. . . And the Truth Shall Set You Free': Confessional Trade-Offs and Community Reconciliation in... © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156853109X460237 Asian Journal of Social Science 37 (2009) 646–676 brill.nl/ajss ‘. . . And the Truth Shall Set You Free’: Confessional Trade-Off s and Community Reconciliation in East Timor Ben Larke 1 Abstract In East Timor, as with many nations dealing with the legacies of colonisation and occupation, divisions and allegiances forged in the past are combining with other contemporary factors to destabilising eff ect. Th e civil unrest of 2006/2007 provides the most recent example of the pro- pensity for violence to escalate rapidly in such a climate. In this context, past experience in pro- moting and facilitating re-integration following the mass displacement in 1999 in East Timor may off er lessons for those seeking to address social cohesion in the wake of more recent displace- ment. Th is paper assesses the work of the Community Reconciliation Process implemented by the Commission of Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (Commonly known by the Portuguese acronym CAVR) in order to provide a refl ection on what was achieved and highlight some of the shortcomings that might similarly befall current, and future, attempts. In doing so, the process, and particularly the use of narrative, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Journal of Social Science Brill

'. . . And the Truth Shall Set You Free': Confessional Trade-Offs and Community Reconciliation in East Timor

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BRILL
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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1568-4849
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1568-5314
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10.1163/156853109X460237
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156853109X460237 Asian Journal of Social Science 37 (2009) 646–676 brill.nl/ajss ‘. . . And the Truth Shall Set You Free’: Confessional Trade-Off s and Community Reconciliation in East Timor Ben Larke 1 Abstract In East Timor, as with many nations dealing with the legacies of colonisation and occupation, divisions and allegiances forged in the past are combining with other contemporary factors to destabilising eff ect. Th e civil unrest of 2006/2007 provides the most recent example of the pro- pensity for violence to escalate rapidly in such a climate. In this context, past experience in pro- moting and facilitating re-integration following the mass displacement in 1999 in East Timor may off er lessons for those seeking to address social cohesion in the wake of more recent displace- ment. Th is paper assesses the work of the Community Reconciliation Process implemented by the Commission of Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (Commonly known by the Portuguese acronym CAVR) in order to provide a refl ection on what was achieved and highlight some of the shortcomings that might similarly befall current, and future, attempts. In doing so, the process, and particularly the use of narrative,

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Asian Journal of Social ScienceBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: EAST TIMOR; NARRATIVE; TRADITIONAL JUSTICE; CONFLICT RESOLUTION; TRUTH COMMISSIONS; RECONCILIATION

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