JOIN ETAN92s Campaign to Bring the East
Write, Call Indonesian, U.S. Officials
Congressional Call-In Day:
Wednesday January 26
On August 30, 1999, almost 80% of the population of East Timor voted
for independence from Indonesia. Within hours of the announcement of the
results on September 4, a systematic campaign of terror was launched by
the Indonesian armed forces and their militias. Unknown numbers of East
Timorese were murdered, raped, and tortured. Approximately three-quarters
of the population was displaced. In a coordinated manner, the Indonesian
military and its militias forced hundreds of thousands of East Timorese
at gunpoint to board trucks, boats, and even airplanes. They were taken
either to Indonesian West Timor or off the Timor island to other parts
of Indonesia. Some were taken out to sea by boat and never seen again.
By the end of September, over 250,000 East Timorese were living in refugee
camps in West Timor. By the end of 1999, UN agencies reported over 125,000
had returned to East Timor either through their own or organized efforts.
However, more than 100,000 East Timorese remain unable to return home,
nearly five months after the announcement of the referendum results and
despite repeated pledges by the Indonesian government to remedy the
situation. Thousands taken to other areas of Indonesia remain unaccounted for. It is
time to bring the East Timorese home.
Call or write the following to urge that all refugees who wish to return
home can do so safely and immediately! Urge the the Indonesian government
to fulfill its promises by ensuring a safe and quick return of East
In addition urge the Indonesian government to guarantee:
1. Ambassador Dorodjatun Kuntjoro Jakti at the Indonesian
Tel: 202-775-5200, Fax: 202-775-5365.
2020 Mass. Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036
2. Ambassador Makarim Wibisono at the Indonesian Mission to the
Tel: 212-972-8333, Fax: 212-972-9780.
325 E. 38th St., New York, NY 10016
3. President Abdurrahman Wahid 96 Leave messages for him with the
State Secretary at the State Ministry. This is a long distance call,
but it92s worth it: Tel: 011-62-21-384-7198, Fax:
Office of the President, Presidential Palace, Jakarta,
4. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Stanley
humanitarian aid workers complete open access to refugees in all camps,
including those taken to areas outside of the Timor island.
an end to Indonesian armed forces collusion with militia groups.
separation of the militia from civilian refugees. Militia groups must be
removed from the camps, disarmed and disbanded, and brought to justice.
No East Timorese should be forced to choose whether they wish to remain
in Indonesia or return to East Timor in a climate of intimidation.
Tel: 202-647-9596, Fax: 202-647-7350
Tell him the U.S. must immediately step up the pressure on Indonesia to
expedite the return of all refugees who wish to go home. Bring up
the same points as for the previous 3 calls to Indonesian officials, and
add that an organized system must be put into place to track and locate
East Timorese taken off-island.
Rm. 6205, Dept. of State, 2201 C St., NW, Washington, DC
CONGRESSIONAL CALL-IN DAY
Congress comes back into session the last week of January. Welcome
your Representative and Senators on Wednesday, January 26 with a
message urging stepped up U.S. pressure on Indonesia to expedite the return
of all East Timorese refugees in Indonesia who wish to go home. Urge your
member of Congress to participate in congressional delegations to
conditions in East and West Timor. The congressional switchboard
number is 202-224-3121, or consult http://www.congress.gov for other contact information. Contact your local League of Women
Voters to determine your members of Congress.
Other Actions You Can
Please let ETAN know the results
of your contacts. Thank you for your support.
WRITE letters to the editor. Ensure that East Timor and refugees in
remain on the agenda of international, national, regional, and local media
coverage. For sample 93letters to the editor,94 consult the ETAN
at www.etan.org. Contact John M. Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
for further assistance.
MEET WITH your Senators and Representative. In-person meetings are effective
means of keeping your Members of Congress updated and actively focused
on events in East Timor. For tips on congressional meetings, consult
the 20/20 Vision website at www.2020vision.org, or call Karen at
Washington, DC office at 202-544-6911.
For additional background information, see ETAN92s
web site http://etan.org/action/ac
or send a blank e-mail to email@example.com
for a copy of ETAN92s backgrounder on the refugees.
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