Flowers in the Wall: Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, and Melanesia
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 reconciliation processes?
Flowers in the Wall explores the experience of truth and reconciliation Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific, with and without a formal truth commission. Although much has been written about the operational phases of truth commissions, the efforts to establish these commissions and the struggle to put their recommendations into effect are often overlooked. Examining both the pre- and post-truth commission phases, this volume explores a diversity of interconnected scholarship with each chapter forming part of a concise narrative.
Well-researched and balanced, this book explores the effectiveness of the truth commission as transnational justice, highlighting its limitations and offering valuable lessons Canadians, and all others, facing similar issues of truth and reconciliation.
- Publisher: University of Calgary Press
- Page Count: 376 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
Very readable . . . A highly valuable book that does an admirable job of broadening the voices we hear about truth and reconciliation.
-Rebecca Gidley, The Journal of Pacific History
This book is extremely useful to scholars, activists, and local communities.
-Hipolitus Yolisandry Ringgi Wangge, Pacific Affairs
Introduction: Memory, Truth, and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, and Melanesia
Section I: Memory, Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste
East Timor: Legacies of Violence
Shining Chega!?s Light Into the Cracks
Politika Taka Malu, Censorship, and Silencing: Virtuosos of Clandestinity and One?s Relationship to Truth and Memory
Jacqueline Aquino Siapno
Development and Foreign Aid in Timor-Leste after Independence
Laurentina "Mica" Barreto Soares
Reconciliation, Church, and Peacebuilding
Human Rights and Truth
Chega! for Us: Socializing a Living Document
Maria Manuela Leong Pereira
Section II: Memory, Truth-seeking, and the 1965 Mass Killings in Indonesia
Cracks in the Wall: Indonesia and Narratives in the 1965 Mass Violence
Baskara T. Wardaya
The Touchy Historiography of Indonesia?s 1965 Mass Killings: Intractable Blockades?
Writings of an Indonesian Political Prisoner
Section III: Local Truth and Reconciliation in Indonesia
Gambling with Truth: Hopes and Challenges for Aceh?s Commission for Truth and Reconciliation
Lia Kent and Rizki Affiat
All about the Poor: an Alternative Explanation of the Violence in Poso
Section IV: Where Indonesia meets Melanesia: Memory, Truth, and Reconciliation in Tanah Paupa
Facts, Feasts, and Forests: Considering Approaches to Truth and Reconciliation an Tanah Paupa
Todd Biderman and Jenny Munro
The Living Symbol of Song in West Paupa: A Soul Force to be Recknoed With
Time for a New US Approach towards Indonesia and West Paupa
Section V: Memory, Truth, and Reconciliation in Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands "Ethnic Tension" Conflict and the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Terry M. Brown
Women and Reconciliation in Solomon Islands
Betty Lina Gigisi
Section VI: Bringing it Home
Reflecting on Reconciliation
Conclusion: Seeking Truth about Truth-seeking