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a decade and a half, the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network
(ETAN) has campaigned tirelessly to support the rights of the East
Timorese people, challenging the complicity of successive U.S.
governments in denying those rights. That work is not yet complete.
East Timor's path since
independence has not been smooth. Recent violence Ė between police and
military forces as well as gangs of unemployed young men Ė grows from
seeds of impunity, poverty and oppression sown by the Indonesian
occupation, fertilized with political and military support from the
United States, and watered with the blood of one-third of East Timorís
people. Most residents of Dili, the capital, have been displaced from
their homes for half a year. The country remains the second-poorest in
Indonesia's road to
democratic reform has also been rocky. Despite initial progress after
the ouster of the dictator Suharto in 1998, the military still retains
much power. Military reform has stalled, and perpetrators of past
crimes have evaded justice for human rights violations.
ETAN has been
steadfast in its support for justice for people of East Timor and
Indonesia, and its work remains absolutely crucial. However, ETAN canít
do its work without your support.
Democratic-controlled Congress offers new opportunities. But resources
are needed to help realize these opportunities. With your help, ETAN
will continue to press Congress, as it has successfully done over the
past 15 years, to reassert its responsibility to be a counter-weight to
the Bush Administration and restore genuine justice and real reform to
the agenda of U.S. relations with Indonesia and East Timor.
years ago, the Indonesian military engaged in a brutal crime that might
have gone unnoted except by the victimsí families. As thousands of East
Timorese young people peacefully demonstrated for freedom at the Santa
Cruz cemetery, troops slaughtered more than 270. Journalists Amy Goodman
and Allan Nairn (who were nearly killed by Indonesian troops) witnessed
the massacre. A TV photojournalist secretly filmed the atrocities.
On November 12, 1991, news of the
massacre broke into the Western press, bringing the U.S.-backed
Indonesian occupation before the eyes of many for the first time. Since
that fateful day, ETANís ultimately successful campaign focused on the
crucial line of support from the U.S. government to the Indonesian
Thanks to ETANís
efforts -- and your support Ė
Congress restricted arms sales and military training to Indonesia, and
East Timor won its independence. Significant democratic space has
opened up in Indonesia. But justice for the many victims of Indonesiaís
military remains elusive. This impunity has prevented East Timor from
fully achieving independence. It also keeps the Indonesian military
voters during the 2001
Constituent Assembly elections. Photo by Charles
This spring, East Timor
will hold its first national elections since independence. But the
current climate of crisis has put the integrity of the election process
in question. In response, civil society groups in East Timor have asked
ETAN to help monitor the entire election process. ETAN has consequently
formed an Observer Project.
In cooperation with
grassroots Timorese organizations, ETAN will send experienced,
nonpartisan activists to travel on this critical road with East Timorese
citizens and political parties. Their goal is to try to ensure that the
process is fair, the campaigners are free, and the votersí will
democratically expressed and accurately tabulated. Much is riding on
this vote, which, if properly conducted, can help East Timor get through
this difficult period. Your support will enable ETAN to significantly
contribute toward a peaceful, truly independent East Timor.
But still no military or
political leaders have been held responsible for the Santa Cruz massacre
and many other crimes. Last year, the Bush administration overrode the
last Congressional restrictions on U.S. military financing and export of
lethal equipment for Indonesia, allowing unrestricted assistance to the
Indonesian military. These changes in policy do not foster respect for
human rights in the region.
These challenges are huge
for any organization, but especially so for one as small as ETAN. ETANís
budget is tight and its funding has become more precarious since East
Timorís independence. By giving generously, you can help strengthen
ETAN for the coming year, so that together we can meet the difficult
You can make a secure contribution through ETAN's website:
http://etan.org/etan/donate.htm. To support ETANís political
advocacy work, you can write a check to ďETAN.Ē For ETANís educational
efforts, tax-deductible donations of over $50 should be made out to
ďA.J. Muste Memorial Institute/ETAN.Ē
Please mail your donations to: East
Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN), PO Box
21873, Brooklyn, NY 11202-1873.
Thank you for joining me in supporting ETANís invaluable work.
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you for your support.