Thursday, December 14, 2017

Support. ETAN. Donate today!

East Timor and Indonesia Action Network
PO Box 1663
New York, NY 10035-1663 USA
December 2017
Dear friend of ETAN,

I’m writing to ask you to support our work at the East Timor and IndonesiaAction Network for the coming year. As you may know, 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.

"ETAN’s work remains essential, but it can only do its work with the active and generous support of people like you, who believe in human rights and in the right to self-determination, justice and accountability, and in social and economic justice for the people of East Timor and Indonesia." 
- Noam Chomsky

Although Timor-Leste has been free of Indonesian military occupation since 1999, its people still struggle to achieve economic, social, and political justice within their sovereign nation and to overcome pressure from outside, especially from their large neighbors Indonesia and Australia.

Every day, ETAN compiles and distributes information about developments in Timor to a growing list of more than 5,700 people across the globe. We continue to work in solidarity with Timor-Leste civil society groups, and to help people in the United States and elsewhere strengthen their awareness and activism.

Will you be one of 120 donors we need to contribute a total of $12,000 to help ETAN begin 2018 on a strong financial footing? Will you join others in investing in ETAN's pursuit of justice and in the defense of democracy and human rights?

Say yes -- please donate today!

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ETAN's actions and campaigns have always been based on the interests of the people, developed after consulting our civil society. Although ETAN’s annual budget is smaller than virtually every other international organization involved with our country, the work that they do is invaluable."
- José Ramos-Horta Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

People in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, West Papua, and elsewhere tell us that ETAN's work remains as important as ever. Recently, ETAN's board began a long-term planning process. We are discussing how to make our strategies and tactics more effective and appropriate. We have received valuable suggestions from many people and welcome your input and words of support. With your help, we can intensify our pursuit of justice for the victims of crimes committed by Indonesia's police and military: from the bloody coup in 1965 that initiated decades of Suharto dictatorship, through the illegal invasion and occupation of Timor-Leste, to the ongoing human rights violations against West Papuans, LGBTQ Indonesians and Timorese, and too many others.  With your help, ETAN will pressure the U.S. government and the international community to acknowledge their role in arming and training the perpetrators of many of these crimes.

Your help is crucial to ETAN's support for the rights of the people of West Papua, including their struggle for self-determination. We will focus on public education in the U.S. and support West Papuan lobbying at the United Nations.

With your support, ETAN continues to inform, educate, advocate. and organize in support of the Timorese people’s rights – to democratic governance, permanent maritime boundaries, adequate nutrition, effective education and decent health care. We amplify their concerns and voices for a worldwide audience, while respecting their national sovereignty. Last month, to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Timor-Leste’s declaration of independence (which coincided with Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.), we wrote:

“ETAN gives thanks for the sovereignty, democracy, and peace that currently prevails in Timor-Leste, but we do not forget the shameful colonization and occupation which foreign invaders, some supported by the United States government, inflicted on your people. We recommit ourselves to improve democratic practices in the United States and to work for policies that secure human rights, end impunity, and achieve social and economic justice for both our peoples. Timor-Leste has made more progress in 42 years than the United States has in 241, but both nations have a long way to go, and ETAN looks forward to the continuing journey.”

We that hope you will join us on that journey.

A luta continua,

John M. Miller
National Coordinator, ETAN
New York, NY

Donations of any size for ETAN's political and advocacy work should be made out to ETAN and are not tax-deductible. U.S. tax-deductible checks for more than $50 can also be made out to "AJ Muste Memorial Institute/ETAN" and will only be used to support our educational work.

Please mail your donation to: ETAN, PO Box 1663, New York, NY 10035-1663 USA

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Invest in Justice - Support ETAN on Giving Tuesday!

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,,
               Celestino Gusmão (Tetun, Indonesian),,
                   Pamela Sexton (English, Tetun),
                   Nug Katjasungkana (Indonesian, Tetun, English),

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