Peace no relief for Timorese women


Timorese women fought and suffered for independence from Indonesian occupation, but that suffering didn’t end when formal peace was achieved. For Timorese women in the independence period, peace has meant only ‘changing the curtains’: they still face private violence in peacetime just as they faced violence during the conflict. The UN trials in Dili, the Jakarta trials, and the truth commissions all failed to produce justice for gender-based crimes, and may have even undermined faith in the rule of law for many local women facing domestic violence.

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