Journal Article

Local Memory Practices in East Timor: Disrupting Transitional Justice Narratives

Lia Kent

in International Journal of Transitional Justice

Volume 5, issue 3, pages 434-455
Published in print November 2011 | ISSN: 1752-7716
Published online September 2011 | e-ISSN: 1752-7724 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijr016
Local Memory Practices in East Timor: Disrupting Transitional Justice Narratives

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Abstract1

Transitional justice discourse is underpinned by an assumption that trials and truth commissions will assist individuals and societies to ‘come to terms’ with, and move on from, complex legacies of violence. This article considers how local practices of memorialization and commemoration, and the activities of victims’ groups in East Timor, disrupt these assumptions. It highlights how individuals and local communities in East Timor are attempting to ‘remake a world’ in ways that may differ markedly from the priorities of UN-sponsored transitional justice institutions and their nation's leaders. In addition, it explores how some survivors are embracing the language of victims’ rights to appeal to the state to respond to their experiences of suffering. These developments, which indicate that survivors are in various ways embracing, resisting and transforming ‘official’ justice discourses, highlight that the pursuit of justice in post-referendum East Timor is far more dynamic, locally grounded and open-ended than the narrative of transition implies.

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Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration ; Public International Law ; Human Rights

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