Innocenti Working Papers

The UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre (IRC) was created to strengthen UNICEF's research capability and to support its advocacy for children worldwide. The Working Papers (formerly Innocenti Occasional Papers), are the foundation of the Centre's research output, underpinning many of the Centre's other publications. These high quality research papers are aimed at an academic and well-informed audience, contributing to ongoing discussion on a wide range of child-related issues.


Children and the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste

This paper discusses children‟s participation and protection in the work of the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR) in Timor-Leste. It presents an overview of CAVR‟s efforts to ensure children‟s safe participation in CAVR activities, documenting violations against children and communicating CAVR‟s message to children. The paper assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the CAVR and analyzes underlying causes for the results. Through elaboration of lessons learned from the CAVR experience, the paper provides recommendations for truth commissions‟ engagement with children in the future. The paper concludes that despite the absence of a legal requirement in the mandate, the CAVR made a commendable effort to research and document children‟s experiences of the conflict. However, a lack of policy on child participation and child protection contributed to the failure to engage with children both during and after the CAVR. It is suggested that a holistic approach to the CAVR‟s activities could have help avoid this missed opportunity for Timor-Leste‟s young generation to engage in the country‟s nation building and carry forward the CAVR‟s recommendations.


Keywords: child rights, truth commission, reconciliation, child participation, child protection
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