Film screenning and discussion: the Stolen Children of Timor Leste

NCHR and the Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF) invite you to a viewing of the film “Nina and the Stolen Children of Timor-Leste”, followed by discussion.

Photo: Isabelinha Pinto with her mother in front of their house in Vikarin Viqueque Village, Timor Leste, by Anne Cecile Esteve for Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR)


In December 1975 East-Timor (Timor-Leste), was invaded by Indonesia and annexed as the country’s 27th province. An estimated 200,000 people are thought to have died as a result of repression, systematic violations and famine during the occupation, which lasted until 1999. Furthermore, an estimated 4000 children were forcefully taken from their families as child soldiers or to Indonesia during the occupation, according to the Timor-Leste Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR). AJAR’s 30 minutes film portrays AJAR (and other’s) work in bringing a group of stolen children (now adults) back to meet with their families in May last year.

The film will be introduced by AJAR’s Director Galuh Wandita. AJAR is a non-profit organisation, based in Jakarta, Indonesia, whose aim is to contribute to the strengthening of human rights and the alleviation of entrenched impunity in the Asia-Pacific region. Galuh is a former senior associate at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), responsible for country programmes in Indonesia and Timor-Leste, and the former Deputy Director of CAVR in Timor-Leste. She is a co-convener of the Coalition for Justice and Truth in Indonesia, a member of a “citizen’s council” tasked to seek the truth on Indonesia’s past crimes. Patrick Walsh, an Australian human rights advocate who helped establish and advise CAVR and subsequently served as Senior Adviser to the Post-CAVR Technical Secretariat in Timor-Leste, will also be present.

The film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Christian Ranheim from Human Rights Solutions. He has previously worked as Head of Office in Jakarta for the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and as Programme Director for the ICC Legal Tools Programme and Legal Advisor for the Indonesia Programme, both at the NCHR. He is also the Founder and former Director of the Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP) in Dili, East Timor. 

For registration, please e-mail to by Friday, January 22nd. 

Photo: Isabelinha Pinto with her mother in front of their house in Vikarin Viqueque Village, Timor Leste


Published Jan. 18, 2016 1:35 PM - Last modified Jan. 18, 2016 1:35 PM