Ambassador Stephen Rapp, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice, visited Timor-Leste May 22-23rd. During the short visit, Ambassador Rapp met with government officials and representatives from a number of local NGOs. He also visited Timor Leste’s Resistance Museum and the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR), all in an effort to better understand the legacy of transitional justice in the country, as well as to learn about current issues in the justice and security sectors.
Ambassador Rapp has dedicated much of his career to the issues of transitional and international justice, especially through his work with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He welcomed the opportunity to visit to Timor-Leste for the first time to learn from the experiences of the Timorese people. Ambassador Rapp appreciated the time dedicated by all those with whom he met.