ETAN LEGISLATIVE ALERT
SUPPORT EAST TIMOR & STOP THE VIOLENCE IN INDONESIA NOW
Co-Sponsors Needed for 2 New Resolutions in the House of
Call Congress Today
Two important resolutions have been introduced in the House of
Representatives. H.Con.Res. 395 addresses the murder of three UN refugee
workers, including U.S. citizen Carlos Caceres, in West Timor and
increasingly brutal militia activity; the second, H. Res. 580, condemns
the murder of New York-based Jafar Siddiq Hamzah, an Acehnese human rights
lawyer and good friend of ETAN. Please call your Representative and urge
him or her to co-sponsor these resolutions today!
* H.Con.Res. 395,
"Expressing the sense of the Congress condemning the September 6,
2000, militia attack on United Nations refugee workers in West Timor and
calling for an end to militia violence in East and West Timor," was
introduced by Chris Smith (R-NJ), Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), Jim McGovern
(D-MA) and others. It calls on the U.S. and Indonesian governments to
bring the perpetrators of these killings to justice and states that the
U.S. should suspend all military relations and cooperation with the armed
forces of Indonesia until certain conditions are met, including
establishing civilian rule and the rule of law in Indonesia and safe
repatriation of refugees. It also urges the U.S. government to press
Indonesia to disarm and disband all militias in West Timor, arrest known
militia leaders, and extradite to East Timor those who committed crimes in
* H. Res. 580, A resolution
expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the murder
of human rights lawyer Jafar Siddiq Hamzah in Medan, Indonesia, introduced
by Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Chris Smith and others. Jafar's mutilated
and badly decomposed body was found on September 7. He had disappeared on
August 5. This resolution calls on the State Department and Indonesian
government to work for a thorough and open investigation of the murder of
Jafar and the four other unidentified men found with him, to ensure that
those responsible are brought to justice and to initiate broader
investigations into the numerous other cases of killings and disappearance
* Support is still very much needed for S.
2621, The East Timor Repatriation and Security Act of 2000. S. 2621
would continue the current prohibition of military cooperation with the
Indonesian armed forces. Urge your Senators to become co-sponsors.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Call your Representative and ask for the foreign policy staffer.
Explain the urgent need to put Congress on record fully opposing
Indonesian military violence. Ask them to become co-sponsors and actively
support both resolutions.
The congressional switchboard number is 202-224-3121, or consult www.congress.gov
for fax or email information. To find out who your members of Congress
are, contact your local League
of Women Voters.
Please let us know the results of your contacts. Thank you! Your calls
make a big difference.
The text of the resolutions and updates on this and other legislative
initiatives can be found at http://www.etan.org/legislation. (The text of
last week's Action Alert with recent background can be found at http://www.etan.org/action/08alert.htm).
Additional background on the issues can be found at http://www.etan.org.
Contact: Karen Orenstein at ETAN's Washington office, 202-544-6911, firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 15, 2000
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