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Gute NevesETAN is an incredible organization. It was an important part of our struggle for self-determination, struggle for the permanent Maritime Boundary with Australia, and during the last 19 years, it has been part of Timorese struggle to reconstruct and to rebuild its country. At this critical juncture of Timor's development, it is critical to walk together with Timorese to achieve our dream for better life where every citizen has the conditions to meet its basic rights, including the economic and social rights to have a dignified life. --Gute Neves

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East Timor and Indonesia Action Network
 PO Box 1663,
New York, NY 10035-1663 USA

December 2018

Dear friend of ETAN,

We write to urge you to support the work of the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network for the coming year. We are an organization funded almost entirely by the grassroots; we rely on you - and others like you - for support.

Mica Barreto SoaresETAN is the only solidarity group which carries the mantle of upholding the rights of the people of Timor-Leste and Indonesia, working persistently and fearlessly to hold the world's governments, especially the United States, to account for complicity in rights violations. - Mica Barreto Soares

ETAN has worked since 1991 to advance self-determination, democracy, and human rights for the peoples of Timor-Leste (East Timor), Indonesia and West Papua -- work that remains necessary. Please help us continue the struggle for justice by contributing to ETAN today

There are exciting changes at ETAN: During this past year, we welcomed an impressive group of activists to our board. We are working with them to reinvigorate ETANís activism.

Three new board members are Timorese who have studied in the U.S. and are now back in Timor-Leste helping to build their nation. Berta Antonieta interned in ETANís New York office in 2015. She is active in Dili with Grupu Feminista iha Timor and working for Laío Hamutuk. Policy analyst Gute Neves has worked as a journalist, a researcher with civil society, and adviser to the President of Timor-Leste. Mica Barreto Soares was active as a young student with RENETIL in opposing the Indonesian occupation. She is currently completing her doctorate on China-Timor-Leste Relations. With these new members among our leadership we look forward to strengthening our collaboration with Timor-Leste civil society groups.

Berta Antonieta TilmanI have valued ETAN's work and contribution as a solidarity movement for Timor-Leste self-determination. Currently, I am working with La'o Hamutuk as economic and gender researcher. I am also interested in learning more about West Papua's current situation and want ETAN to help Timor-Leste and West Papua to connect and share experiences. -Berta Antonieta

Our other new board members are scholars and seasoned activists with long histories of engagement in the region. Helen Hill has been involved in Timor activism since before Indonesia's invasion. An early scholar of Timorese nationalism, she moved to Timor-Leste after retiring from Australia's Victoria University. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Community Development at Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa'e. David Webster was active with the East Timor Alert Network (ETAN/Canada). He teaches history at Bishop's University and serves as a member of the international advisory council of Timor-Leste's Centro Nacional Chega! He recently edited Flowers in the Wall: Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste, Indonesia and Melanesia. Brad Simpson has been active with ETAN since the early 1990s. He teaches history at the University of Connecticut and is Research Fellow and Director of the National Security Archive's Indonesia and East Timor Documentation Project working to declassify U.S. government documents.

Please join me in welcoming them to ETANís leadership* by helping us meet an ambitious goal. We need 120 donors to contribute a total of $12,000 to help ETAN begin 2019 on a strong financial footing. Will you become one of them, joining others in investing in ETANís pursuit of justice and in the defense of democracy and human rights?

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This August 30, Timor-Leste, the UN, and ETAN will mark the 20th anniversary of the historic vote for independence. As we celebrate the Timorese peopleís decision to break free of Indonesian occupation, we plan to remind the international community of its many unfulfilled pledges of justice. With your critical assistance, ETAN can continue its work supporting Timorese efforts to ensure accountability for Indonesiaís crimes as well as for the complicity of Jakartaís partners-in-crime Ė such as the U.S. government.

The recent U.S. election offers opportunities to urge the new Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, with its many new members, to support human rights, accountability and justice in Indonesia, Timor-Leste and West Papua. Opportunities to do so have been severely limited under President Trump and the previous conservative Congress.

David WebsterThe Indonesian army is not running Indonesia any longer, but it is still powerful. The architects of attempted genocide still walk free. Timorese people's struggle for fair and people-centered development goes on. The Indonesian army still carries out in West Papua some of the tactics it pioneered in Timor-Leste. Activism is still needed, solidarity is still needed and it can still make a difference to Timorese and Indonesian struggles. No group has made this point more persistently than ETAN, which needs and merits support. --David Webster

During Indonesiaís April 2019 elections, we plan to evaluate the leading candidatesí human rights promises and records. And whoever wins, we will continue to support progressive Indonesian voices calling for justice, tolerance, and environmentally-sound development.

Your help is crucial to ETAN's support for the rights of the people of West Papua, including their struggle for genuine self-determination. Repression is increasing in the territory, and we are working with Tapol and others to speak out against human rights violations and support fundamental solutions to this long-running conflict.

Every day, ETAN compiles and distributes information about developments in Timor-Leste to an international list of more than 6800 people (1200 more subscribers than this time last year). Many of you are subscribers to this list and/or our similar lists on Indonesia and West Papua. Please donate to support this valuable service.

With your support, ETAN continues to inform, educate, advocate, and organize in support of the Timorese, Indonesia and West Papuan peoplesí fundamental rights, including democratic governance, adequate nutrition and decent health care, and freedom of expression. We amplify their concerns and voices for a global. audience.

A luta continua,

John M. Miller
National Coordinator, ETAN
New York, NY 

* The continuing members of ETANís board are Craig Hughes (NY), the Rev. Elice Higginbotham (AZ), Chris Lundry (Mexico City), Karen Orenstein (DC), Charles Scheiner (NY), Pamela Sexton (Dili), Andrew Teixeira de Sousa (Jakarta, and Jeffrey Yoder (IL).

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