East Timor ACTION Network ALERT
HONOR THE SANTA CRUZ MASSACRE VICTIMS SUPPORT JUSTICE FOR EAST TIMOR!
Commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre by
acting for human rights!
three phone calls to your members of Congress!
the Santa Cruz massacre victims by supporting justice for East Timor!
When you talk to your Representative's
and Senators' offices:
Contact the Washington office of your Representative and Senators and
ask to speak with the foreign policy staff person. All offices can be
reached through the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121. To find out
who represents you, visit http://www.congress.org
or http://www.congress.org. (See sample
- Ask them to sign on to the congressional letter to U.S. Secretary of
State Powell, marking the tenth anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre
and urging the Bush administration to actively and publicly work for
the establishment of an international tribunal for East Timor. The
House version is being circulated by Congressmen Lane Evans (D-IL) and
Patrick Kennedy (D-MA). House offices should contact Kevin Gash in Mr.
Evans' office at 202-225-5905 to sign on. The Senate version is being
circulated by Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN). Senate offices should
contact Brian Hanleyat at 202-224-5641 to sign on. The deadline to
sign on to the House letter is November 28. The deadline for the
Senate letter is November 29. For letter text, contact
- Urge them to co-sponsor congressional resolutions calling for an
international tribunal for crimes against humanity committed in East
Timor, House Concurrent Resolution 60 and
Senate Concurrent Resolution
9, "Condemning the Violence in East Timor and Urging the
Establishment of an International War Crimes Tribunal for Prosecuting
Crimes Against Humanity That Occurred During That Conflict". For
a list of current co-sponsors, see http://www.etan.org/legislation/sponsor.htm.
- For members of Congress who have already co-sponsored the
resolution, thank them and ask them to personally let the State
Department and National Security Council know of their support for an
international tribunal for East Timor
NOVEMBER 12 IS THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF ONE OF THE MOST INFAMOUS
MASSACRES IN EAST TIMOR.
On November 12, 1991, the
Indonesian military indiscriminately fired upon East Timorese participants
in a memorial procession-turned-peaceful pro-independence demonstration in
the Santa Cruz cemetery in Dili. Over 270 civilians were killed. This
massacre, unlike many others during the U.S.-backed Indonesian military
occupation, was recorded and reported on by international journalists.
News of the atrocity sparked an international solidarity movement for East
Timor. The East Timor Action Network formed to educate the public,
challenge U.S. foreign policy and end our government's complicity in the
genocide of the East Timorese people. Former foreign minister of Indonesia
Ali Alatas has called the Dili massacre the "turning point"
which set in motion the events leading to 1999's referendum and East
Timor's coming independence.
Ten years later, our work is still not done. Today, one-tenth of the
East Timorese people are held in militia and military-controlled refugee
camps in Indonesian territory, under horrendous conditions. No members of
the Indonesian military or police have been brought to trial for 1999's
devastating violence -- or for the prior 24 years of brutal occupation.
Although East Timor is free and will soon be independent, your support is
Indonesian military and its militia proxies razed East Timor following the
August 1999 referendum for independence, murdering thousands, raping
hundreds of women and girls, forcing some 300,000 people into Indonesian
West Timor and destroying over 75% of the country's infrastructure. The
January 2000 reports of the United Nations International Commission of
Inquiry on East Timor and the Indonesian government's own human rights
commission state the Indonesian military is responsible for these crimes
against humanity. The UN report further called for the establishment of an
international tribunal. Today, no Indonesian military or police have yet
been held responsible by the Indonesian government for these heinous
abuses, and some 80,000 East Timorese remain trapped in militia-and
military-controlled Indonesian refugee camps. Recent reports from Jesuit
Refugee Services, the only international agency with a regular presence in
the camps, noted the "generally very poor" condition of the
refugees' health and "continued intimidation in the camps".
Increased international pressure must be applied NOW, to support
nation-building in East Timor and rule of law in Indonesia, and to allow
the one-tenth of the East Timorese population still under Indonesian
occupation in squalid refugee camps to return home.
Dear Senator /Representative,
XX November 2001
Today marks the tenth anniversary of one of the most brutal massacres
of East Timorese civilians by the Indonesian military. Over 270 East
Timorese children, women and men were killed on November 12, 1991 in the
capital of Dili for participating in a peaceful protest against Indonesian
The illegal Indonesian occupation of East Timor has ended, and East
Timor will become fully independent next year. However, no Indonesian
military or police have been brought to trial for a quarter century of
horrific human rights abuses, and today approximately one-tenth of the
East Timorese population remains held in militia- and military-controlled
Indonesian refugee camps.
I am writing to urge you to honor the victims of the Santa Cruz
massacre and to uphold international human rights standards by:
- Signing on to a joint House/ Senate Congressional letter to U.S.
Secretary of State Colin Powell, marking the tenth anniversary of the
Santa Cruz massacre, calling for an international tribunal for East
Timor as a fitting tribute to the Santa Cruz massacre victims and
urging the U.S. to support a just resolution to East Timor's refugee
crisis. The letter is being circulated by Congressmen Lane Evans and
Frank Wolf in the House (contact Kevin Gash in Mr. Evans' office at
202-225-5905 to sign on) and by Senator Paul Wellstone in the Senate
(contact Brian Hanley at 202-224-5641 to sign on).
- Co-sponsoring (House Concurrent Resolution 60 or Senate Concurrent
Resolution 9), which calls for an international tribunal for crimes
against humanity committed in East Timor, as called for by United
Nations commissions, East Timorese Nobel laureate Bishop Belo, and
many others in East Timor and internationally.
- For any members of Congress who have already co-sponsored the
resolution: Communicating to the State Department and National
Security Council (the Rep's/Sen's) support for an international
tribunal for East Timor, as shown by (her/his) co-sponsorship of
(HConRes60 or SenConRes9).
I thank you for your attention to these important issues, [thank Sen/Rep
______ if they have already co-sponsored HConRes60 or SConRes9] and would
appreciate your informing me of the actions (Rep/Sen) _________ takes on
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