Friday, December 21, 2018

Support ETAN! Donate Today!


ETAN 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


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.


ETAN 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 ETAN’s activism.

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With your support, ETAN continues to inform, educate, advocate, and organize in support of the Timorese, Indonesia and West Papuan peoples’ 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.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Invest in Justice - Support ETAN on Giving Tuesday!

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Support ETAN on  #GivingTuesday




Give to ETAN on #GivingTuesday
Why wait for the end of the year to invest in justice?

Don't delay - donate to ETAN today!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media. 


Your contribution supports ETAN's ongoing support for the people of Timor-Leste's efforts to establish permanent maritime boundaries with its neighbors. Legally-recognized boundaries would end Australia's theft of Timor's resources and bring to a close the independence struggle that began more than 40 years ago.


Your gift will help maintain and strengthen ETAN's crucial information sharing via email and on social media. So many people, perhaps including you, depend us to keep them informed about important news about Timor-Leste, Indonesia, and West Papua. 

With your help, we can intensify our pursuit of justice for the many victims of Indonesia's security forces crimes: from the coup in 1965 that brought the dictator Suharto to power, through the illegal invasion and occupation of Timor-Leste to the West Papuans subject to ongoing human rights violations. And we need your help in keeping up the pressure on the U.S. government to acknowledge its role in arming and training the perpetrators of these crimes.

We can only maintain and expand these activities with the generous support of people like yourself. 

Don't delay, please donate today.

John M. Miller
National Coordinator, ETAN






Thursday, June 29, 2017

ETAN message of support to Timor's LGBTI community


ETAN extends its wholehearted support and solidarity with this week's "LGBTI Pride - Acceptance" events happening in Dili, including Timor-Leste's first Pride March. We commend the organizers of these events and all those who support a fully inclusive Timorese society that celebrates diversity and protects everyone's human rights. We also appreciate Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo's statement of support for the LGBTI community.
 
Photo by Dinorah.Granadeiro via Facebook
ETAN hato'o apoiu no solidariedade kompletu ba eventu 'LGBTI Pride - Simu Malu' ne'ebe organiza iha Dili durante semana ida-ne'e, inklui Timor-Leste nia Marxa Pride 'Orgullu'. Ami louva sira hotu ne'ebe organiza eventu sira-ne'e no mos sira hotu ne'ebe apoia sosiedade Timorense ne'ebe selebra diversidade no proteje direitus umanus ba ema hotu. Ami gava mos Primeiru Ministu Rui Araujo nia mensajen apoiu ba komunidade LGBTI.

Mensajen S.E. Primeiro-Ministro RDTL Kona-ba
 "Familia Simu Joven LGBT iha Timor-Leste"

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Timor-Leste Association of Ex-Political Prisoners and Klibur Solidariedade send congratulations and solidarity to Palestinian Political Prisoners

Activists in Timor-Leste have long felt a strong connection and sought to offer solidarity to the Palestinian struggle for self-determination, peace and human dignity. Human rights and student groups have organized seminars, rallies, candlelight vigils and solidarity statements to support peace and justice in Palestine. After receiving an international call to celebrate the success of a 40-day hunger strike by Palestinian political prisoners, Timorese human rights activists contacted the Timor-Leste Association of Ex-Political Prisoners. Together, they drafted the following statement, which they released on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

Tetun Komunikadu Imprensa below


Press Release

The Timor-Leste Association of Ex-Political Prisoners and
Klibur Solidariedade (Solidarity Association)

send congratulations and solidarity to Palestinian Political Prisoners


Date: 6 June 2017


Contact:  Jacinto Alves (Tetun, Portugés, English), Assepol, ira.sequira@gmail.com,
               Celestino Gusmão (Tetun, Indonesian), maubere81@gmail.com,
                   Pamela Sexton (English, Tetun), pamelabeth.sexton@gmail.com
                   Nug Katjasungkana (Indonesian, Tetun, English), nengahmetra@gmail.com

We congratulate the 1,500 Palestinian Political Prisoners (men, women and children) who, through their 40-day collective hunger strike, have secured basic rights which had been systematically denied them by Israel. We celebrate the courage and commitment of your collective action; we celebrate your success.

As we celebrate, we also declare our solidarity and call attention to the long and continuing struggle for freedom, equality, self-determination and basic human rights of the Palestinian people. Our national history teaches us that when faced with occupation, oppression, and injustice, there is no choice but to resist. “To resist is to win.”

Many of us are ex-political prisoners, jailed by Indonesia because we refused to simply accept an illegal occupation of our land. During Indonesia’s brutal occupation, we stood up to military violence and human rights abuses; we stood up against an international order oriented to U.S. corporate interests and militarism. We stood up for the dignity of ourselves, our families and our communities. We stood up for our vision of peace and justice, now and in the future. We encourage political prisoners and wish to tell you that many times, our struggle for a noble cause demands sacrifice and determination. We must believe that the truth will win and will bring happiness to many people. All of your sacrifices will be acknowledged; tudo vale a pena (‘everything is worth the effort’). 

Today, as we celebrate with you, we also stand against the widespread detention of Palestinians for defending their basic rights. According to the NGO Palestinian Prisoner’s Club, there are now 6500 Palestinian political prisoners, including 300 children. We stand against the continuing role of the US as a major supporter of militarism and occupation. We stand for against the denial of Palestinian’s basic rights by Israel. We stand for Palestinian’s rights to clear water, safe shelter, food, and basic social services, equality before the law. “A luta continua.” The struggle continues.

The Timor-Leste Association of Ex-Political Prisoners first formed during Indonesia's illegal occupation, during which systematic arbitrary detention of East Timorese civilians was routine security practice.

Klibur Solidadariedade was formed was formed by Timorese and international solidarity activists in 2009, on the 10th anniversary of Timor-Leste's historic referendum on independence.

21 January 2009 demontration of solidarity at Democracy Field, Dili, Timor-Leste


Monday, December 26, 2016

Reflections 41 years after Invasion Day, Secenber 7

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Reflections 41 years after Invasion Day,
December 7


By Pamela Sexton


Dili, Timor-Leste - Recently, thousands of U.S. military veterans travelled to North Dakota to support the peaceful struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux to defend their sovereignty and protect their land and water. I watched the veterans bend down to ask forgiveness from the many indigenous tribes gathered there. They apologized as veterans from the same military that has carried out genocide against Native Americans since before the U.S. achieved independence. In this way, they acknowledged the past and affirmed their commitment to ensuring the bitter past doesn’t repeat itself.

This December 7, I bent down in Timor-Leste to apologize for the crimes of my government against the East Timorese people. On that day in 1975, U.S.-armed and -trained Indonesian troops launched their illegal invasion. I feel a deep sadness and shame that my government has not yet formally and responsibly acknowledged its support for crimes committed here on that day and the 24-year Indonesian occupation which followed. An important first step would be for the U.S. to declassify and release all its records related to Indonesia and its invasion and occupation of Timor-Leste. ...

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