|ETAN Emergency Action Alert
October 14, 1999
East Timor Needs Your Help Now!
PHONE YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS TODAY!
Your Support Is Needed to Pass The East Timor Self-determination Act Of 1999 (HR 2895 and S 1568) and The International Military Training Transparency And Accountability Act (HR 1063)
U.S. MUST FUND EMERGENCY RELIEF AND ASSISTANCE, THE UN TRANSITIONAL ADMINISTRATION (UNTAET), AND INDEPENDENT RECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
The East Timor Self-determination Act of 1999 (H.R.2895 and S.1568) maintain temporary bans on U.S. military and multilateral economic assistance to Indonesia until certain conditions are met, including a safe and secure environment in East Timor, the withdrawal of Indonesian armed forces, unrestricted humanitarian assistance, the return of refugees, and the implementation of the August 30 vote for independence. Urge your Representative and Senators to co-sponsor and vote for the Act.
The Senate bill (S.1568), sponsored by Russ Feingold (D-WI), Jesse Helms (R-NC) and 13 others, has been approved by the Foreign Relations Committee but is still blocked from reaching the Senate floor for a vote. The House bill (H.R.2895) sponsored by Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and 25 others is still stalled in the Asia Pacific Subcommittee of the International Relations Committee.
Urge Your Representatives to cosponsor H.R.1063, which closes loopholes the Pentagon has used to continue to train human rights violators. Although Congress has banned combat training for Indonesia under the IMET program, this bill would ban JCET and all similar programs to Indonesia and other human rights violators under law.
*** Call your Representatives and Senators today to ensure immediate passage of these clear and effective measures. We only have less than a month to exert strong grassroots pressure in support of these bills before Congress recesses for the year. Contact your local networks, friends, and coalition partners too!
*** East Timorese both within and outside of East Timor are facing a severe humanitarian crisis. Hundreds of thousands remain in camps in West Timor and other parts of Indonesia, essentially held hostage by the Indonesian military and their paramilitaries. Others are still hiding in the mountains. All face mass starvation, dehydration, and disease, the threat of which will only worsen with the start of the rainy season. Urge your Representatives and Senators to ensure that the U.S. provides significant financial assistance for emergency humanitarian assistance, reconstruction and development, and the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET). This could require between $200 and $300 million from the U.S. for FY 2001 alone.
The Congressional switchboard number is 202-224-3121; http://www.congress.gov has additional contact information. Don't know who your representatives in Congress are: contact your local League of Women Voters.
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