Announcing East Timor and Indonesia Action Network:
ETAN Changes Name and Mission Statement to Reflect Its Work on
East Timor and Indonesia
Group’s Current Work and Goals More in Focus
Contact: John M. Miller,
718-596-7668; 917-690-4391 (cell)
For Immediate Release
May 2005 – With great pleasure, ETAN today announced a new name
for the 13-year-old organization -- East Timor and Indonesia
Action Network (ETAN). The group also updated its mission
statement to better reflect its goals of supporting rights, justice,
and democracy in both East Timor and Indonesia.
"The new name and mission statement more clearly reflect who we
are and what we currently do," said John M. Miller, spokesperson for
ETAN. "While East Timor remains our priority, we have for many years
advocated for human rights in Indonesia, especially with regards to
U.S. military assistance."
"We think these changes will bring new energy and resources to
ETAN in support of democracy, justice and human rights," said
Elizabeth Venable, a member of ETAN's Executive Committee from
"It is obvious that Indonesian military repression and human
rights violations have not been restricted to East Timor," said
Miller, a co-founder of ETAN. "While both countries have made
progress, we continue to believe that justice for past violations
and restrictions on U.S. security assistance to Indonesia are
essential to building a just and democratic East Timor and
ETAN has changed its name. After much
thought and several years of discussion, we are now the East
Timor and Indonesia Action Network. Along with the name
change, we have decided upon a revised mission statement (see
below) which better describes who we are and what we do. We
will continue to use the acronym ETAN, and our work remains
the same - and as vital and necessary as ever. Please consider
giving a generous donation to celebrate the change and enable
ETAN to continue our important work for justice, human rights,
and democracy in both Indonesia and East Timor. ETAN does work
that no other U.S. group is doing.
Send your check to ETAN, PO Box 21873, Brooklyn, NY 11202-1873. Donations of any size for ETAN's political and
advocacy work should be made out to ETAN and are not
tax-deductible. Tax-deductible checks for over $50 can also be
made out to "AJ Muste Memorial Institute/ETAN" and will be
used to support our educational work.
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ETAN also supports an international tribunal for war crimes and
other human rights violations in East Timor from 1975 to 1999 and
accountability for the U.S. role in supporting the invasion and
occupation and the Indonesian military.
ETAN promotes a fair maritime boundary between East Timor and
ETAN works with East Timorese civil society and NGOs to support
democracy, human rights and economic alternatives for East Timor.
ETAN regularly brings grassroots perspectives on both East Timor and
Indonesia to policymakers, media, academia and many others, serving
as an important and credible source of information and analysis.
ETAN recently collected funds to support Acehnese grassroots
efforts to aid victims of the December 26 earthquake and tsunami and
rebuild the devastated region.
For the sake of consistency and familiarity, the group decided to
maintain its acronym as ETAN.
Founded after the November 1991 Santa Cruz massacre of peaceful
demonstrators, ETAN successfully supported self-determination for
East Timor. For more information see
New Mission Statement
The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network/U.S.
(ETAN) is a U.S.-based grassroots organization working in
solidarity with the peoples of East Timor and Indonesia. ETAN
educates, organizes, and advocates for human rights, women's
rights, social and economic justice, democracy and genuine
self-determination in East Timor. ETAN works for justice for historic and
ongoing crimes against humanity, war crimes, and human rights
violations in East Timor and Indonesia.