26 June 2014
Martial Arts Violence in Timor Leste - Belun Research
ETLJB 26/06/2014 From Belun (http://belun.tl/) - Dynamics of martial arts related violence and conflict in Timor-Leste
On one hand, trails of martial arts graffiti around Timor-Leste remain a visible reminder of how some members of now outlawed martial arts organisations have engaged gang-like conflict and violence. On the other hand, a number of martial arts organisations have steered clear of street violence and are well-regarded as disciplined and peaceful sporting organisations, including popular groups Tae Kwan Do, Karate and Kempo.
NGO Belun's research report Dynamics of Martial Arts related Violence and Conflict in Timor-Leste examines the dynamics of martial arts violence, and finds that a ban on Martial Arts organisations will not be effective as a 'stand-alone' solution to end the problem.
Martial arts related incidents, along with youth-violence more generally, stem from deep-set structural tensions relating to unequal access to public goods and services (such as education and security); intense competition and unequal distribution and access to resources and opportunities (such as land and employment); as well as the jealousies that are borne out of these conditions.
Through this report Belun urges government, civil society, martial arts organisations, community leaders and donors to work together towards a more holistic and constructive approach to more effectively target the root causes of martial arts and youth violence.
Read the Policy Brief and full Research Report here:
Disclaimer: This document has been produced as part of the Democracy and Development in Action through the Media and Empowerment program (DAME), with the financial assistance of the European Union (EU), through the National Authorising Office (NAO), in partnership with Search for Common Ground (SFCG). The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of Belun, and do not reflect the position of the EU, NAO or SFCG. Source: Belun 26/06/2014
See also The Regulation of Martial Arts in East Timor: An Overview of Law No 10 of 2008 on the practice of martial arts