with Justice System
The Commission is an independent statutory authority that will inquire
into human rights violations committed on all sides, between April 1974
and October 1999, and facilitate community reconciliation with justice
for those who committed less serious offenses. The Commission will
not give amnesty.
The Commission will be headed by 7 National Commissioners.
In addition to a national office, the Commission is expected to have up
to 6 regional offices, headed by 25-30 Regional Commissioners.
Commission offices will be staffed by East Timorese, and supported by a
small number of international technical experts.
The Commission has three main functions:
1. Truth Seeking: The
Commission will seek the truth regarding human rights violations
in East Timor within the
context of the political conflicts between 25 April 1974 and 25 October
1999. The Commission will establish a truth-telling
mechanism for victims and perpetrators to describe, acknowledge, and record
human rights abuses of the past.
2. Community Reconciliation: The
facilitate community reconciliation by
dealing with past cases of lesser crimes such
as looting, burning and minor assault. In
each case, a panel comprised of a Regional Commissioner and local community
leaders will mediate between victims and perpetrators to reach agreement on an
act of reconciliation to be carried out by the perpetrator.
3. Recommendations to Government: The
report on its findings and make recommendations to the government for further action on reconciliation and the promotion of
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