Digging-Up the Past, Finally: A Look into Cambodia’s Attempt at Retributive and Restorative Justice

By Jocelyn Grubb  Between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge killed a fifth of Cambodia’s (then the Democratic of Kampuchea) population, totaling 1-2 million people. During the 20 tumultuous years which followed, there was a general resistance to “digging up past horrors”. The country and new government chose not to participate in official truth-seeking at… More Digging-Up the Past, Finally: A Look into Cambodia’s Attempt at Retributive and Restorative Justice

Now in Open Access: Flowers in the Wall

Flowers in the Wall: Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste, Indonesia and Melanesia is now available for free Open Access download, thanks to University of Calgary Press. Click to access downloadable pdf version What is the experience of truth and reconciliation? What is the purpose of a truth commission? What lessons can be learned from established truth and… More Now in Open Access: Flowers in the Wall

Call for contributions

Do you have something to say about truth and reconciliation in Timor-Leste, Indonesia and Melanesia? About wider aspects of reconciliation in global or local perspective? About other aspects that link to peace, reconciliation, and human rights in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific? If so, this web site on Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste, Indonesia… More Call for contributions

Truth & reconciliation in Southeast Asia & the Melanesian Pacific: a project summary

Can historians be peacemakers? Recent experiences with truth and reconciliation processes in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific suggest that they can be. There is a role for historical research and memory in helping to build sustainable peace and stability in new nations. On the other hand, ignoring violent pasts undermines peacebuilding efforts. In the… More Truth & reconciliation in Southeast Asia & the Melanesian Pacific: a project summary

Pathways to Peace

By April Ingham Executive director, Pacific Peoples’ Partnership In the thick of conflict, a cycle of seemingly endless horror and injustice can occur.  Amid this darkness the faintest crack of light… can bring the courage, hope and action needed to release the pendulum effect, whereby the spiral downwards into chaos can eventually right itself and… More Pathways to Peace

Truth and reconciliation as ongoing, activist processes

By David Webster Does a truth and reconciliation process end when a truth commission hands in its final report? The experience of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) brutal residential schools system implies that it definitely should not. The TRC’s calls to action call on settler society to do some of the heavy… More Truth and reconciliation as ongoing, activist processes

General! A poem of solidarity from Timor-Leste for victims of the 1965 tragedy in Indonesia

“When journalism is silent, literature must speak,” in the words of Indonesian writer Seno Gumira Ajidarma, whose reporting on the 1991 Santa Cruz massacre in Timor-Leste (East Timor) broke the silence about the killings in Indonesia. As Indonesian military elites try to downplay discussion of the massacres that engulfed their country, in 1965, a powerful… More General! A poem of solidarity from Timor-Leste for victims of the 1965 tragedy in Indonesia