About us

Since 2010, we have promoted the findings and recommendations of the CAVR using the slogan, “Chega Ba Ita.” This refers to our deep conviction that the people of Timor-Leste has had enough of conflict and injustice, and need to genuinely implement the recommendations of the truth commission to ensure that these violations are never repeated. The saying “Chega Ba Ita” underlines our belief that the CAVR report was written based on the experiences and voices of the people, for the people. It is not a document that should be shelved and forgotten. It is a living document to be understood, debated, and re-invented for generations to come.

Associacaon Chega Ba Ita (ACBIT) aims to promote the values and principles that served as foundation for the work of the CAVR, including human rights, justice and reconciliation. We are committed to bringing the lessons of the past to guide our decisions and choices as individuals and as a society, working towards the fulfillment of the promise for a better future for all.

Recent highlights:

  • commemoration of international women’s day on March 8, 2013 bringing more than 200 women survivors to meet with government officials in Dili to demand access to services and fulfillment of their rights
  • participation in a 3 country comparative participatory research project with 40 women survivors in Dili, Ainaro, Baucau and Bobonaro (2013-now.) We launched a photo book entitled “Hanaruk Luta (Prolonged Struggle): Voices of Women Survivors of Violence, in May 2014
  • support for more than 120 women survivors’ economic projects in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Solidarity
  • outreach and education for young people using popular education materials based on the CAVR report. In 2013, we launched a comic version of the CAVR report in Portuguese with the Ministry of Education

In 2014, our program priorities include:

  • Facilitating outreach, education and policy debate on the CAVR findings and recommendations
  • Innovating research and trainings using participatory methods
  • Advocacy and communityorganizing on implementation of CAVR recommendations, particularly on gender justice
  • Supporting victims to fulfill their rights

Contact us:
Rua Guine, Palapasu
Dili, Timor-Leste
Phone: + 670 7738 2863
Email: acbit@chegabaita.org