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Legacies of Violence in Indonesia and East Timor: a Workshop

A Workshop Co-sponsored by the Indonesian Studies Program of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the International Human Rights Program at UCLA School of Law, the International Institute, and the Department of History, UCLA

Friday, April 15, 2011
8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
1457 Law School
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

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The last decade has seen a surge of activity aimed at addressing the legacies of past human rights abuse and mass violence in Indonesia and East Timor. Those efforts, stimulated by the fall of the authoritarian Suharto regime in 1998 and by a rising global trend of support for ‘transitional justice,’ have transformed the political and social terrain in both countries.

It remains an open question, however, just how effective these initiatives have been in remedying past violations, and how useful the model of ‘transitional justice’ has been as a guide. To date, for example, there has been no meaningful effort to bring to justice those responsible for the violence of the past, or to compensate its many victims.

Bringing together scholars and human rights activists from Indonesia, East Timor, and North America, this two-day Workshop at UCLA will explore these problems by mapping recent ‘transitional justice’ initiatives, assessing the obstacles they have encountered, and offering practical proposals for a path forward.  It will also consider what lessons the experience of Indonesia and East Timor may offer for other societies emerging from long periods of human rights abuse and misrule.

Program for Friday, April 15

 Breakfast and Registration
 Opening remarks: Geoffrey Robinson, Robert Lemelson
Session I: Transitional Justice in Context: Indonesia and East Timor 
 Moderator – Asli Bali (Law, UCLA)
-David Kaye (Law, UCLA), "The Shifting Landscape of International Justice"
-John Roosa (History, University of British Columbia), "Towards a History of Indonesia's Metapolitics: The Law on Censorship"
 Coffee Break
-Galuh Wandita (International Center for Transitional Justice, Jakarta), "Impunity is Contagious: Transitional Justice in Indonesia and Timor-Leste"
- Hilmar Farid (Indonesian Institute of Social History - ISSI), "Legacies of the Occupation"
Session II: East Timor 
 Moderator – Galuh Wandita (International Center for Transitional Justice, Jakarta )
-David Cohen (War Crimes Studies Center, UC Berkeley), "Transitional Justice in East Timor: Overview and Assessment"
-David Webster (International Studies, University of Regina), "'Lost Causes' and Non-State Actions against Impunity"
 Coffee Break
-Fernanda Borges MP (Member of Parliament, Timor-Leste), "Why Implementation of CAVR is Critical to the Success of Timor Leste"
-Geoffrey Robinson (History, UCLA), "Legacies of Violence: East Timor Ten Years On"

Cost : Free and open to the public but RSVP requested.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Department of History, International Human Rights Program at UCLA School of Law

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