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A Message from Ed McWilliams
(Retired) Senior Foreign Service Officer

"I can attest to ETAN's effectiveness. I watched its impact from inside the U.S. government when I headed the political section of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta from 1996 to 1999....  I retired after almost 27 years in the State Department in 2001. Since then, I have roamed the halls of Congress and protested on the streets with ETAN."

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 U.S. Must Support Strong UN Mission in Timor-Leste Contact the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations today! Sample letters to the editor

ETAN: Secretary of Defense Must Not Undermine Reform, Rights on Visit to Jakarta

Statement by the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) on the Current Violence in Timor-Leste

ETAN Calls for Restrictions on Military Assistance to Indonesia to Promote Reform and Accountability; House Committee Would Turn a Blind Eye to Rights Violations, Impunity

ETAN Statement on Recent Events in Timor-Leste; Country Fragile, International Assistance, Justice Still Needed

Groups Urge Congress to Restrict Assistance to Indonesian Military in Legislative Mark-up  

Groups Urge Australia to Adopt Humane Refugee Policies Toward Papuans; Oppose Proposed Changes to Migration Law

Key Senators Criticize Waiver Allowing U.S. Weapons Exports to Indonesia; Cite Administration's Lack of Strategy to Encourage Accountability and Reform

Jubilee USA and ETAN Challenge Wolfowitz to Address Roots of Corruption by Canceling Indonesia's Suharto-Era Debt

La'o Hamutuk Bulletin: April 2006 - Issue focus: CMATS Treaty with Australia, also CAVR report, petroleum fund and more

ETAN: U.S. Should Not Cozy Up to Kopassus; Notorious Military Unit Commander Participates in Hawaii Pentagon Conference

La'o Hamutuk Asks RDTL Parliament to Scrutinize new Timor Sea Treaty

ETAN Denounces Plans to Sell Lethal Equipment to Indonesian Military; Expresses Alarm at Expanding Engagement

Rights Groups Write UN Secretary-General on Justice for East Timor

ACTION ALERT!
Bush Administration Grants Unlimited Military “Aid” to Indonesia Betrays Military’s Victims and End-Runs Congress; Printable PDF version

I’ve long admired ETAN’s work. For well over a decade, ETAN has conducted some of the most effective
grassroots campaigns I know. With limited resources, they helped free a nation and fundamentally changed policy toward one of the U.S.’s closest and most repressive allies, Indonesia.

Amy Goodman, host of “Democracy Now!”

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Pramoedya Ananta Toer dies (also excerpts from statements on E. Timor)
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June 3 - May 26

Violence hits E Timorese agriculture
Three Indon War Ships Standby In Ri-timor Leste Border
RI, U.S. to discuss ways to improve military ties

Press group urges justice for 1975 murders

James Dunn on Was East Timor ready for independence?
Warnings of Timor violence ignored
US group slams Australian PM over East Timor remarks
Without justice, there will be no peace

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May 20-27

'Failed State' and the Rise of the Timor-Leste Burgeois by Rahung Nasution
On East and West from Andrew McWilliam

East Timor awards 6 offshore oil-gas contracts

Australian government 'hampering' in Balibo probe
Prominent Indonesians Call For Soeharto's Trial
Truth commission to continue work despite Timor violence
RI, Timor Leste urged to get behind truth commission

Trouble in Timor (Answered by Fire)
Fire in their hearts (Answered by Fire)
Timor Story Makes Politics Personal ['spellbinding; stunning; scathing']

UNOTIL Daily Media Review

24 May
23 May
22 May
18 May 
 

Jose Ramos-Horta address UN Security Council May 5 2006
Jose Ramos-Horta addresses Security Council, May 5, 2006. UN Photo

Security Council Extends UN Mission One Month

Security Council Report - June 2006 Timor-Leste*
USETS- Letter on extending UN mission

UN: Following unrest, UN mission in Timor-Leste extended one month past expiration*
UNOTIL: Security Council Meets to discuss UN’s future presence in Timor-Leste*

UN: Security Council meeting transcript 5 May 2006*
UN: Security Council Meets on UN Mission, As Recent T-L Violence Reminds Democracy "Still Fragile"*

Statements* by UN SRSG Hasegawa; Timor-Leste, Argentina, Australia, Denmark, EU Presidency, Greece, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovakia

UN:Annan proposes new year-long mission to help Timor-Leste*
UN: End of mandate report of the Secretary-General on UNOTIL (for the period from 14 January to 12 April 2006)*
UN: Letter fr the President of the Security Council to the Secretary-General on follow-on office to UNOTIL*

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May 13 - 20

Bid for int'l police focused on 2007 election, not current unrest - FM
Four years after independence, unrest again threatens East Timor

PM Alkatiri re-elected as FRETILIN chief with 93% support
Ambassador Guterres abandons FRETILIN leadership bid
Leadership challenge for Timor PM

'Failed State' and the Rise of the Timor-Leste Bourgeois
Comment: East Timor riots expose a political divide

Free Eurico, says Amien Rais
Indonesia - Timor Leste Truth and Friendship Committee to collect more data

European Union concerned over East Timor unrest- Barroso
Australian man drowns in E Timor

UNOTIL Daily Media Review

18 May
17 May
16 May
13-15 May

 
Secretary Rice shakes hands with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, March 14, 2006. © AP/WWP  
 
President Yudhoyono(R) greets U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld prior a meeting at the Presidential Palace, June 6.  

U.S.-Indonesia Military Assistance

ETAN: Groups Urge Congress to Restrict Assistance to Indonesian Military in Legislative Mark-up

Rumsfeld to Indonesia

U.S. lawmakers propose dropping restrictions on Indonesia military aid
Indonesia FM to U.S. to assure supply of military equipment
TNI to Participate in US, Japan Military Exercises in Thailand

ETAN: Key Senators Criticize Waiver Allowing U.S. Weapons Exports to Indonesia; Cite Administration's Lack of Strategy to Encourage Accountability and Reform

ETAN: U.S. Should Not Cozy Up to Kopassus; Notorious Military Unit Commander Participates in Hawaii Pentagon Conference
ETAN Denounces Plans to Sell Lethal Equipment to Indonesian Military; Expresses Alarm at Expanding Engagement

RI, US to restore joint military training programs

US Lifts Ban on Sale of Lethal Arms to Indonesia
Letter- Rice's words on Indonesia ring hollow

RI, U.S. navies conclude joint exercise

U.S. Aid to Corrupt TNI Risks More Rights Abuses
Rice Praises Indonesia As Model of 'Tolerance'
Human rights groups blast Rice for defending military ties with Indonesia
 

May 9 -13

Eurico Guterres's lawyers seek party backing on human rights conviction
President- RI says serious about settling right violations in E Timor
Moves to clear Suharto's name spark outrage among former political prisoner
Jakarta drops case against Suharto

East Timor PM to resign if loses party leadership
East Timor PM faces party challenge

UN extends Timor mission 
T-L writes UN for help on police torture

History of neglect gives East Timor's coffee an edge
Oil fund balance hit US$508 million in 1st quarter

Groups send letter to Australian PM protesting new refugee laws
100s of T-L people regularly cross Indonesian borders illegally

Letter - Rep. P. Kennedy articulate defender of E. Timor 

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European Commission and the Government of Timor-Leste sign strategic document on their cooperation for the period 2006-2007

UNDP: 27 Timorese Legal Practitioners Sworn in to Provide Immediate Strength to Justice Sector

Asian Development Outlook 2006: Timor-Leste

East Timor Law Journal: East Timor: Extradition Requests and Letters Rogatory

USAID land law program II Timore-Leste : final report

Amnesty Int'l Annual Report 2006 - Timor-Leste, Indonesia
ABC: Foreign Correspondent East Timor - Justice Denied
Australia Parliamentary Library: Aftermath Timor Leste: reconciling competing notions of justice*

Ainaro Lia Foun: Spring 2006 newsletter of Madison-Ainaro Sister City Alliance

SBS: East Timor First Lady First Sword Gusmao interview (English and Portuguese)

USAID: Timor-Leste: Fighting malaria with bed nets

European Commission allocates €18 million to Timor Leste
WB: Second Timor-Leste Living Standards Survey is Underway

TAPOL: Suharto must be brought to justice for his crimes against humanity

TAPOL: The truth is told (CAVR report)

Paras Indonesia: War Criminal Guterres Finally Jailed, Generals Still Free

BPA: 1Q06 Petroleum Fund Report released

ICG: Managing Tensions on the Timor-Leste/Indonesia Border

OECD: Review of the Development Co-operation Policies and Programmes of Portugal

AUSGOV: White Paper on Australia's Overseas Aid Program
WB: Timor-Leste Access to Finance for Investment and Working Capital

UN: Strengthening Accountability and Transparency in TL
WB: Strengthening The Institutions Of Governance In Timor-Leste
WB: Labor Market Impact of Minimum Wage
WB: Access to Finance for Investment
UNCDF: Local Development Programme Timor-Leste Annual Report

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Shop at Powells Books & support ETAN. Browse selected books on Indonesia.  

UN: Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Peace Operations: "Improvision and Confusion" from the Field
Peace Dividend Trust: Economic Impact of Peacekeeping - Final Report
Also: Interim Report Phase I Economic Impact Peacekeeping (April 2005)

East Timor Law Journal updated and expanded website
Many English translations of laws have recently been added

Tetum Wikipedia

Cover of Tortured Beginnings: Police Violence and Impunity in East TimorHRW - East Timor: Torture and Mistreatment by Police

ICTJ: The Serious Crime Process in Timor-Leste: In Retrospect
ICTJ Previews Groundbreaking Work on Gender and Reparations
Timor summary

Internews: World Bank President Meets with Women Journalists in Timor Leste
Yale: International journalists describe their fight for justice

La'o Hamutuk Asks RDTL Parliament to Scrutinize CMATS Treaty
Australian Review: East Timor, oil, and the challenge of nation-building
AUSGOV: Agreement on Extension ot Timor Sea Arrangements
USAID: East Timor Coffee Farmers Build a Quality Crop

World Bank: Visit of President Paul Wolfowitz to Timor-Leste
World Bank website on Wolfowitz trip to Indonesia and Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste and Development Partners Meeting (TLDPM), Dili, April 3-4, 2006 (with links to meeting documents and speeches)

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UNOTIL Daily Media Review 

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06-08 May May 6 - April 29

JRH before Security Council May 5, 2006
UN SRSG Hasegawa: Statements from Sec. Council meeting May 5, 2006

Pro-Jakarta militia leader, Eurico Guterres, begins sentence

E Timor's slow ASEAN embrace
Ramos-Horta yet to decide on UN job

In world's youngest nation, soccer unites
Lured by adventure, tourists start sniffing out East Timor

UNOTIL Daily Media Review

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