Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10216/98087
Author(s): Etienne Mullet
Félix Neto
Maria da Conceição Pinto
Title: What can reasonably be expected from a truth commission: a preliminary examination of East timorese views
Issue Date: 2008
Abstract: A survey examining the personal views of a sample of 344 ordinary citizens living in East Timor, and already familiarized with the concrete work of a truth commission on the possible objectives, functions, powers, and composition of truth commissions, was conducted. The material consisted of 98 items that referred to the global meaning, the composition, the functioning, and the possible missions of a truth commission. The results seem to indicate that most participants strongly valued the symbolic nature of truth commissions as distinguished from their judicial or therapeutic nature. Strengthening the respect for human rights everywhere, acquiring as much knowledge about past atrocities as possible, and restoring the dignity of all those victims and perpetrators involved in the atrocities were conceived as clear priorities. Most participants were aware of the limited scope of the truth commissions and did not have unrealistic expectations regarding the outcomes of such commissions.
URI: https://repositorio-aberto.up.pt/handle/10216/98087
Related Information: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia/Programa Operacional Factores de Competitividade/PTDC/PSI/66336/2006/Perdão e Amnistias: Prespectivas Europeias, Africanas e Asiáticas/Perdão e Amnistias
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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