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East Timor ACTION Network ALERT

HONOR THE SANTA CRUZ MASSACRE VICTIMS SUPPORT JUSTICE FOR EAST TIMOR!

Commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre by acting for human rights!

What you can do:

Make three phone calls to your members of Congress!

Honor the Santa Cruz massacre victims by supporting justice for East Timor!

When you talk to your Representative's and Senators' offices: 

Contact the Washington office of your Representative and Senators and ask to speak with the foreign policy staff person. All offices can be reached through the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121. To find out who represents you, visit http://www.congress.org or http://www.congress.org. (See sample letter below.)

  • Ask them to sign on to the congressional letter to U.S. Secretary of State Powell, marking the tenth anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre and urging the Bush administration to actively and publicly work for the establishment of an international tribunal for East Timor. The House version is being circulated by Congressmen Lane Evans (D-IL) and Patrick Kennedy (D-MA). House offices should contact Kevin Gash in Mr. Evans' office at 202-225-5905 to sign on. The Senate version is being circulated by Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN). Senate offices should contact Brian Hanleyat at 202-224-5641 to sign on. The deadline to sign on to the House letter is November 28. The deadline for the Senate letter is November 29. For letter text, contact Karen Orenstein (202-544-6911). 
  • Urge them to co-sponsor congressional resolutions calling for an international tribunal for crimes against humanity committed in East Timor, House Concurrent Resolution 60 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 9, "Condemning the Violence in East Timor and Urging the Establishment of an International War Crimes Tribunal for Prosecuting Crimes Against Humanity That Occurred During That Conflict". For a list of current co-sponsors, see http://www.etan.org/legislation/sponsor.htm
  • For members of Congress who have already co-sponsored the resolution, thank them and ask them to personally let the State Department and National Security Council know of their support for an international tribunal for East Timor

NOVEMBER 12 IS THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF ONE OF THE MOST INFAMOUS MASSACRES IN EAST TIMOR. 

scruz3.jpg (27145 bytes)On November 12, 1991, the Indonesian military indiscriminately fired upon East Timorese participants in a memorial procession-turned-peaceful pro-independence demonstration in the Santa Cruz cemetery in Dili. Over 270 civilians were killed. This massacre, unlike many others during the U.S.-backed Indonesian military occupation, was recorded and reported on by international journalists. News of the atrocity sparked an international solidarity movement for East Timor. The East Timor Action Network formed to educate the public, challenge U.S. foreign policy and end our government's complicity in the genocide of the East Timorese people. Former foreign minister of Indonesia Ali Alatas has called the Dili massacre the "turning point" which set in motion the events leading to 1999's referendum and East Timor's coming independence.

Ten years later, our work is still not done. Today, one-tenth of the East Timorese people are held in militia and military-controlled refugee camps in Indonesian territory, under horrendous conditions. No members of the Indonesian military or police have been brought to trial for 1999's devastating violence -- or for the prior 24 years of brutal occupation. Although East Timor is free and will soon be independent, your support is still needed!

Background 

scruz4.jpg (11494 bytes)The Indonesian military and its militia proxies razed East Timor following the August 1999 referendum for independence, murdering thousands, raping hundreds of women and girls, forcing some 300,000 people into Indonesian West Timor and destroying over 75% of the country's infrastructure. The January 2000 reports of the United Nations International Commission of Inquiry on East Timor and the Indonesian government's own human rights commission state the Indonesian military is responsible for these crimes against humanity. The UN report further called for the establishment of an international tribunal. Today, no Indonesian military or police have yet been held responsible by the Indonesian government for these heinous abuses, and some 80,000 East Timorese remain trapped in militia-and military-controlled Indonesian refugee camps. Recent reports from Jesuit Refugee Services, the only international agency with a regular presence in the camps, noted the "generally very poor" condition of the refugees' health and "continued intimidation in the camps". Increased international pressure must be applied NOW, to support nation-building in East Timor and rule of law in Indonesia, and to allow the one-tenth of the East Timorese population still under Indonesian occupation in squalid refugee camps to return home.

Sample Letter

Dear Senator /Representative,

XX November 2001

Dear _________,

Today marks the tenth anniversary of one of the most brutal massacres of East Timorese civilians by the Indonesian military. Over 270 East Timorese children, women and men were killed on November 12, 1991 in the capital of Dili for participating in a peaceful protest against Indonesian rule.

The illegal Indonesian occupation of East Timor has ended, and East Timor will become fully independent next year. However, no Indonesian military or police have been brought to trial for a quarter century of horrific human rights abuses, and today approximately one-tenth of the East Timorese population remains held in militia- and military-controlled Indonesian refugee camps.

I am writing to urge you to honor the victims of the Santa Cruz massacre and to uphold international human rights standards by:

  • Signing on to a joint House/ Senate Congressional letter to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, marking the tenth anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre, calling for an international tribunal for East Timor as a fitting tribute to the Santa Cruz massacre victims and urging the U.S. to support a just resolution to East Timor's refugee crisis. The letter is being circulated by Congressmen Lane Evans and Frank Wolf in the House (contact Kevin Gash in Mr. Evans' office at 202-225-5905 to sign on) and by Senator Paul Wellstone in the Senate (contact Brian Hanley at 202-224-5641 to sign on). 
  • Co-sponsoring (House Concurrent Resolution 60 or Senate Concurrent Resolution 9), which calls for an international tribunal for crimes against humanity committed in East Timor, as called for by United Nations commissions, East Timorese Nobel laureate Bishop Belo, and many others in East Timor and internationally. 
  • For any members of Congress who have already co-sponsored the resolution: Communicating to the State Department and National Security Council (the Rep's/Sen's) support for an international tribunal for East Timor, as shown by (her/his) co-sponsorship of (HConRes60 or SenConRes9).

I thank you for your attention to these important issues, [thank Sen/Rep ______ if they have already co-sponsored HConRes60 or SConRes9] and would appreciate your informing me of the actions (Rep/Sen) _________ takes on these matters.

Sincerely,

Your name and contact information

 

 


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