Take Action For East Timor
NO MILITARY ENGAGEMENT WITH INDONESIA
STOP JOINT U.S.-INDONESIA MILITARY EXERCISE
SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK
The Clinton Administration has begun a phased plan of re-engagement
with the Indonesian military (TNI) despite congressional and public
A joint U.S. and Indonesian military exercise known as CARAT
(Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training) began on July 20 and goes
until early August. The exercise, one of the first steps, involves the Indonesian navy,
marines, and coast guard training with their U.S. military counterparts.
The Administration has also initiated other facets of re-engagement and is
now debating the sale of spare parts for C-130 military planes! The State
Department and the Pentagon are pursuing these plans despite deteriorating
conditions in East Timorese refugee camps in West Timor and throughout
You can help stop these plans.
Now is not the time to resume any military ties with the TNI! Let the
State Department and the Pentagon know this!
Make 2 Phone Calls As Soon As Possible
§ Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific
Stanley Roth 202-647-9596, 202-647-7350 (fax). E-mail Secretary of
State Albright at firstname.lastname@example.org; 2201 C St., NW, Washington, DC
§ Secretary of Defense William Cohen 703-692-7100, 703-697-9080
(fax); 1000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1000. Use this web
form to send comments.
The CARAT exercise and any additional plans for re-engagement with the
Indonesian military should be cancelled immediately. Now is not the time
to resume any military ties with the Indonesian military. The U.S. should
not send such a premature message of legitimacy to Indonesia's brutally
repressive military force. Instead, the administration should obey
congressional restrictions and increase pressure on the Indonesian
government and military finally resolve East Timor's refugee crisis and to
support true democratic reforms in Indonesian civil society.
Thank you for your support. It does make a difference. Please let the
East Timor Action Network know the results of your contacts.
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Up to 125,000 East Timorese remain trapped in militia-controlled
refugee camps in Indonesia more than 10 months after East Timor voted
overwhelmingly for independence from Indonesia. TNI-supported militia
violence in the camps is on the increase. Border incursions into East
Timor and militia attacks on UN peacekeepers and civilians continue. Last
week, the UNHCR had to indefinitely suspend registration of the refugees
because of militia threats and assaults on international and local staff.
Indonesian security forces continue to violate the human rights of
Indonesian citizens and cause unrest throughout the archipelago In recent
weeks, hundreds of people in Maluku have been killed in fighting between
Christians and Muslims, with members of the TNI supporting, if not
causing, the violence. The TNI has grossly violated the human rights of
the people of West Papua and is now reported to be supporting East Timor
style militias there. Further, the TNI has repeatedly broken a cease-fire
in Aceh and continues to conduct military sweeps throughout the
Karen Orenstein at ETAN's Washington office, 202-544-6911, firstname.lastname@example.org;
or John M. Miller email@example.com.
July 17, 2000
Indonesian NGOs Oppose Resumption of Military
Ties with U.S.
ETAN Opposes Any Resumption of Military Ties with Indonesia
A Lesson From Timor: Don't Coddle the
Indonesian Military, Op-ed in International
Herald Tribune by ETAN's Karen Orenstein.
See ETAN's latest Congressional action alert.
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