Saturday, July 23, 2011

Protest Kissinger - Monday, July 18, 2011, 5 - 7 pm New York City

Update: See photos from July and May demonstrations

He's Back! Spread the word!
Demonstrate against Henry Kissinger

Monday, July 18, 2011, 5 - 7 pm
Citi Building, 399 Park Ave. 
(btn. 53 & 54 Sts.)Manhattan

Join ETAN and other organizations in protesting Henry Kissinger's latest public appearance in New York. 

Photo by John M. Miller/ETAN
Remind people about Henry Kissinger's sordid and criminal history concerning East Timor, West Papua, Vietnam, Cambodia, Chile, Cyprus, Bangladesh, Angola and elsewhere.

On December 6, 1975, then Secretary of State Kissinger and President Gerald Ford visited Jakarta. At their meeting, Ford gave Indonesia's dictator Suharto an explicit go ahead for the invasion of East Timor and Indonesia invaded the next day. According to East Timor's Commission on Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR) up to 180,000 died as a direct result of the illegal invasion and occupation. Declassified and leaked documents show that Kissinger understood that Suharto was balking at invading, concerned that the U.S. would cut off its supply of weapons and military training. 
Kissinger guaranteed continuation of weapons shipments. According to Timor-Leste's Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation as many as 180,000 people died as a result.  For more on Kissinger's role in East Timor click here.

In addition to ETAN, initial sponsors of the protest include World Can't Wait , War Criminals Watch, and the War Resisters League.

Download and print out ETAN's Hold Kissinger Accountable leaflet to distribute. 

Contact ETAN - 718-596-7668 for more information or to help out. 
Please help spread the word

Read The Trial of Henry Kissinger 
by Christopher Hitchens

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Are you interested in observing Timor's 2012 elections? Let us know.

ETAN wants to know if you and others are interested in being involved in an international solidarity election observation delegation to Timor-Leste next year. Presidential and parliamentary elections are planned for the first half of 2012. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering your time as an observer. Do you have experience and knowledge about Timor-Leste from your solidarity work -- or perhaps past election observing in Timor-Leste -- that provide the longer-view perspective that effective election monitoring requires?

ETAN has not yet decided whether we will organize an observer delegation for next year. Your response will help us with this decision. We want  if you might be interested in being involved, what your experience is, and what kind of time and resource commitments individuals and organizations might be able to offer to this effort. The prospects for financial support also will be an important consideration.

Timor-Leste NGOs are currently focusing on women's participation - especially as potential candidates - and the role of youth. The National NGO Forum has told us it may support international participation in the electoral process and has indicated it is looking for guidance on how to engage in the larger process, not just election day observation.

If you are interested, we very much want to hear your response to the following questions:
  • Are you interested in volunteering your time for a minimum of three weeks, but ideally longer, for this purpose?
  • Do you have experience and knowledge about Timor-Leste from your solidarity work, and perhaps past election observing in Timor-Leste, that would help you to offer the longer-view perspective that effective election monitoring requires?
We know that elections are but a small piece in the picture. Too often, democracy is narrowly and exclusively equated with elections. That said, many Timorese colleagues have expressed the need for international observers to assist the still new country in having fair and honest elections next year.
ETAN members have observed every election since 1999. During the 2007 presidential and parliamentary elections, we played a major role in organizing for Solidarity Observer Mission for East Timor (SOMET), supporting 48 volunteers from 10 different countries. SOMET volunteers observed pre-election campaigning, election day voting, vote counting, and its aftermath. SOMET participated in a joint press conference after the election with several Timorese organizations.

If you are interested in being involved, should a delegation be organized, please let us know by e-mailing  Please share this email with others who might be interested in being involved. The more information we get now from those interested, the sooner we can plan and make a decision.

In solidarity, 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

ETAN Urges Secretary Clinton to Condition Security Assistance to Indonesia on Rights

As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton travelled to Bali, the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) urged her to condition U.S. security assistance to Indonesia on real improvements in human rights by Indonesia government and genuine accountability for violations of human rights. 

"The restoration of assistance to Indonesia's notorious Kopassus special forces announced a year ago should be reversed," said John M. Miller, National Coordinator of ETAN. "Kopassus training was meant to be the carrot to encourage respect for rights. There is no evidence it has done so. U.S. law bars cooperation with military and police units with such egregious human rights records. The U.S should set an example by following it's own law."

Read the full statement here