Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Protest Henry Kissinger! April 24 in NYC

Protest Henry Kissinger!

When: April 24, 2014 5:30 p.m.

Where: Central Synagogue, 652 Lexington Ave. @ 55 St., New York, NY
Near E, M, 6, 4, 5, N, Q, R, B, D, 1 subway stops & cross town buses via 57th or 50th 

Join ETAN and other organizations in protesting Henry Kissinger's appearance at the Central Synagogue as he shares "his candid perspective on Israel, current challenges in the Middle East, and his more than 60 years as a policymaker and trusted advisor in matters of foreign affairs." 

East Timor: Kissinger Killed 180,000 PeopleSponsoring organizations include: ETAN, War Resisters League/NYC, War Criminals Watch/World Can't Wait, Brooklyn For Peace, and Veterans For Peace NYC Chapter 34; more to come. Let us know if your organization wants to co-sponsor.
Come and remind people about Henry Kissinger's sordid history concerning East Timor (Timor-Leste), West Papua, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Chile, Cyprus, Bangladesh, Angola and elsewhere.
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

West Papua Report April 2014: Remembering Edward Masters, Mangrove forests, MIFEE, Unity, Vanuatu, human rights

Now out! West Papua Report April 2014 Read here; http://etan.org/issues/wpapua/2014/1404wpap.htm

CONTENTS
This edition of the West Papua Report marks ten years of monthly publication. It leads with a PERSPECTIVE that takes a detailed look at the career of Edward E. Masters, former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia and founder of the U.S. Indonesia Society. UPDATE completes the analysis of the most recent U.S. Department of State's annual human rights report. Also, development threatens vital mangrove forests in West Papua. A conference in West Papua underscored the need for unity among Papuans. Hunted activist Buchtar Tabuni has appealed for international protection. The U.S. plans to ship the Indonesian military additional F-16s jet fights later this year. We also note reports of the continuing failure of the Indonesian government to provide minimal health care for Papuans. In CHRONICLE, we highlight a report detailing the human costs of the agribusiness MIFEE project. Vanuatu Prime Minister Moana Carcasses Kalosil brought his call for respect for Papuan rights to the UN Human Rights Council. Budi Hernawan analyzes the prospects for the resolution called for in the speech. Members of the European Parliament are urging the EU to support human rights and peace in West Papua.  The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) has published a backgrounder examining the problematical records of some of the possible candidates for Indonesia's president or vice president.

Mangrove forest in West Papua.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Indonesia’s Militarized Democracy: Candidates bring proven records of violating human rights

New from ETAN.

ELECTION BACKGROUNDER

Contents
  • Prabowo Subianto
  • Wiranto
  • Djoko Santoso
  • Pramowo Edhie Wibowo
  • Endriartono Sutarto
  • Djoko Suyanto
  • Dino Patti Djalal
  • Sutiyoso

Although Indonesia has made strides toward consolidating its democracy, some of its leading presidential and vice-presidential candidates continue to have deeply troubling backgrounds of gross human rights violations. This report provides a brief background on Indonesian democratization and examines some of the contenders for the nation’s highest political offices.

Read the backgrounder here: http://etan.org/news/2014/3candidates.htm

Prabowo with Kopassus troops
Wiranto


Former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, USINDO founder Edward E. Masters dies

Former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia and USINDO Society founder Edward E. Masters died on March 21, 2014.

Below is an excerpt from an ETAN leaflet handed out at a USINDO event after Suharto died. ( Amb. Masters called the leaflet 'scurillous.' Not one panelist (all former U.S. ambassadors to Indonesia) mentioned Suharto's rights record until asked about it in the question period.

The U.S.-Indonesia Society was founded in 1994 with funding from major U.S. corporations with significant investments in Indonesia to counter the deservedly bad rep Suharto's Indonesia had developed in Washington in the after the Santa Cruz massacre in Dili. In the same leaflet, we wrote that "While USINDO has consistently denied its role as an Indonesian lobby, it has in reality been Indonesia's most outspoken apologist in Washington."

USINDO's announcement of Amb. Masters death can be found here.
Photo from USINDO Society

Friday, March 7, 2014

March 2014 West Papua Report

Read it here

CONTENTS

This edition's PERSPECTIVE is that of the U.S. Department of State regarding the state of human rights observance in West Papua. The assessment is drawn from the U.S. Department of State's annual human rights report regarding Indonesia. WPAT has extracted those elements in the report which focus on West Papua. and added commentary on the accuracy of the State Department's analysis. UPDATE notes a new report on the trafficking of Papuan children for forced conversion to Islam. Also of note is a call for Papuans to boycott this year's Indonesia parliamentary and presidential elections; ecological destruction and human rights abuse at a Papuan palm oil plantations and a seminar discussion of demographic change and political fragmentation in West Papua. In CHRONICLE: a report on Special Autonomy and public health in West Papua; a consideration of demographic trends in West Papua and the latest from Papuans Behind Bars.

Deforestation in West Papua.