ETAN wins John Rumbiak Human Rights Defender Award
Dear ETAN Supporters,
The Executive Committee of the
East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) is very proud to
announce that ETAN and our National Coordinator, John M. Miller,
have been awarded the John Rumbiak Human Rights Defender Award
for 2009. The award is given annually by the West Papua Advocacy
Team to organizations and individuals who have "contributed most
substantially to protection of human rights in West Papua." The West
Papua Advocacy Team is an important voice in support of the people
of West Papua.
In giving the award the West Papua Advocacy Team stated "ETAN has
been especially active in opposing the U.S. Government's open-ended
assistance to the Indonesian military, the TNI, and to the
militarized police, BRIMOB, which are the leading human rights
abusers in West Papua and the rest of the Indonesian archipelago.
ETAN also opposes any restoration of U.S. assistance to the
Indonesian Special Forces (KOPASSUS). John M. Miller, has been a key
leader in these efforts." Perhaps you heard John on
Democracy Now! discussing the recent Indonesian election.
Our work in support for human rights in West Papua and to limit U.S.
diplomatic and military support for Indonesia will continue until
repression and rights violations are no longer common practices
across the archipelago, particularly in West Papua.
For eighteen years ETAN has played a key role in shifting U.S.
policy toward respecting human rights in Indonesia and Timor-Leste.
We continue to demand justice for crimes committed by the U.S-supported
Indonesian military. For more information on this award, WPAT and
updates on human rights issues in West Papua, please visit
We are proud to receive this award. With your help we can not only
continue, but intensify our efforts in support of the peoples of
Timor-Leste and Indonesia. Please check out
our website to see what we have
been doing lately to support democracy, human right and
accountability in both countries.
Craig Hughes, President on behalf of the East Timor and Indonesia
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to ETAN, PO Box 21873, Brooklyn, NY 11202-1873. To support ETAN's
political advocacy work, write a check to "East Timor Action
Network." Tax-deductible donations of over $50 in support of ETAN's
educational work can be made out to "A.J. Muste Memorial
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