Friday, February 12, 2010

Are you going to the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit in June

Hi Folks --

ETAN plans to have a presence at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit this coming June. We're trying to get an idea of how many folks who already have a relation to ETAN in some way will be in attendance. Can you please email me and let us know if you plan to attend and if you might be able to help ETAN there. Also, if you are planning to attend, please let us know if you're attending as part of an organization or as an individual participant. Finally, we are looking for other groups working on issues in Asia, with whom we might be able to propose joint workshops.

Craig Hughes/ETAN

Monday, February 8, 2010

Nelson Mandela and Political Prisoners

Nelson Mandela's former prison cell.

The New York Times has a remembrance from a former Indonesian political prisoner about when he learned of South Africa's Nelson Mandela's release . Twenty years ago, tomorrow Feb. 11, Mandela was released from prison and the democratic transition in South Africa began. The Times published brief reminiscences from seven  former Asian and African political prisoners.

Fadjroel Rachman has been kidnapped as a student leader and spent three years in prison under Suharto, arrested wrote

The news of Mr. Mandela’s release had just come over the radio that stood on a shelf in the canteen for prison guards directly in front of my cell. Tears rolled down my cheeks. Justice and freedom will win here in Indonesia, too, I thought, and I will be free. My people will be free from President Suharto’s military regime.
Mandela later met the imprisoned East Timorese leader Xanana Gusmao in July 1997 and called for his release.

Indonesia still has political prisoners, mostly from West Papua and Maluku jailed for waiving flags. Join  Amnesty International USA's campaign to free Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage.

Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage