Intern with ETAN
Organize for human rights!
The East Timor & Indonesia Action Network (ETAN)
is seeking interns. Work for human rights and
What is ETAN?
For 20 years, ETAN has
worked in solidarity with the peoples of East Timor (Timor-Leste) and
Indonesia. ETAN advocates justice for past rights violations, genuine
self-determination for East Timor, and democratic reconstruction of one
of the world’s newest nations. ETAN supports human rights and democracy
in Indonesia. Current projects include campaigning for justice for past
human rights crimes, working to oppose military assistance to Indonesia,
and monitoring the human rights situation in both countries. ETAN also
pays close attention to events in West Papua.
What do ETAN
ETAN interns actively
assist the movement for
justice in solidarity with the peoples of
Indonesia and Timor-Leste (East Timor).
ETAN interns gain experience, skills and knowledge
in the areas of policy and political advocacy, international politics,
media, fundraising, and organizing.
We are small office, so intern
responsibilities will be varied depending on your skills and interests.
These responsibilities can include research, writing
and editing; maintaining and building relations with
the media, other organizations and
grassroots activists; administrative tasks; and monitoring and analyzing news and
developments in Indonesia and East Timor. Interns also participate
in educating Congress and other decision-makers, fundraising, organizing
events, and other necessary tasks. Interns will
help maintain and expand ETAN's presence in social media and the
Interns work in Brooklyn, although
it may be possible for
especially motivated interns to work from elsewhere.
While ETAN can not pay
interns, we can work with your school program for credit. We may also be
able to reimburse internship-related expenses.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted at any time
and starting dates are flexible. To apply,
please send or e-mail a cover letter, resume and writing sample along
with your reasons for applying and any relevant experience to:
East Timor and Indonesia Action
Tel. 718-596-7668; email:
We look forward to hearing from
ETAN and East Timor
What Does ETAN stand for? ETAN supports
continued restriction of military assistance to Indonesia in order to
support peace, justice and democracy in both countries. To this end, we
work to influence the policies of the United States government and
international institutions as they relate to East Timor and Indonesia.
The history of U.S. support for Indonesia's illegal invasion and
occupation of East Timor underlies ETAN's efforts to achieve
accountability for those responsible at home and abroad for war crimes
and crimes against humanity committed from 1975 onward.
Why East Timor and Indonesia? On December 7,
1975, Indonesia invaded East Timor with U.S. backing. Over the next 24
years, Indonesian military forces killed one-third of the population and
devastated the country -- all with weapons and political support from
Washington. In response to the 1991
Santa Cruz massacre of more
than 270 East Timorese
civilians, ETAN formed to campaign in the U.S. for human rights and
self-determination for East Timor.
In May 1998, Indonesian dictator Suharto was forced
from office in Indonesia, ending his brutal 32-year reign. In an August
1999 UN-supervised referendum, an overwhelming majority of East Timorese
voted for independence. In retribution, the Indonesian military and
their militia proxies killed at least 1400, raped women and girls,
destroyed 75% of the country’s infrastructure, and forced three-quarters
of the population from their homes. On May 20, 2002, East Timor became
the first independent nation of the millennium.
Independent Timor-Leste is working to
rebuild, establish itself, and create essential political, social, and
What does ETAN do now? Although East Timor
is now an independent nation, many issues remain: None of the Indonesian
military and police officials who planned and carried out 1999s scorched
earth campaign or the 24-years of illegal occupation of East Timor have
been brought to justice. ETAN continues to oppose U.S. assistance to
Indonesia’s military, which remains a major roadblock to reform,
justice, human rights and security. Indonesia's
security forces continue to engage in human rights violations in West
Papua. We also work with East Timorese
grassroots organizations to ensure that the developing U.S.-East Timor
relationship respects East Timorese human, political, economic and
environmental rights. Holding people and governments accountable for
past crimes and working towards a just future for Timor and Indonesia
are critical. ETAN works with U.S. activists to maintain awareness and
mobilize grassroots pressure for justice and human rights in East Timor
Near the end of 2011, ETAN will begin celebrating
our 20th anniversary. We plan to look back at all that we have
accomplished. We will also look forward and explore what solidarity