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A message from Noam Chomsky
was recently honored by the government of Timor-Leste for my long
support of their independence. At the awards ceremony, I called the
East Timorese victory over Indonesia and its U.S. backers “the
miracle of the 20th century.”
Noam Chomsky with (from left) Jill Sternberg, John M.
Miller, Charles Scheiner and Valeria Wasserman Chomsky.
Timor's victory against overwhelming odds was the result of hard
work by many inside the country and around the world. Among the most
tenacious and effective groups was the East Timor and Indonesia
have supported ETAN from the very beginning. I am told that I gave
the organization its first donation, an investment that has paid off
in real changes to U.S. policy. But ETAN’s work did not end with
Timor-Leste’s independence, and my investment in it continues to pay
off in ETAN’s continuing organizing and advocacy in support of the
peoples of Indonesia, Timor-Leste, and West Papua.
marked the 50th anniversary of the 1965 coup that put General
Suharto in power. Ten years later, the U.S.-backed dictator launched
a brutal invasion and occupation of East Timor. Those two events
resulted in the murder of more than one million people, as Suharto's
troops — armed and trained by the United States — carried out one
massacre after another.
The war crimes in Timor-Leste were
enabled by more than two decades of support by the United States and
its allies. ETAN continues to demand justice for the many victims
and survivors of the occupation and massacres. It demands that the
Indonesian generals who perpetrated them to be held accountable. But
ETAN also demands that the United States take responsibility for its
role in aiding and abetting those crimes and that key U.S. figures
— like Henry Kissinger — be brought to justice for their roles in
helping to perpetrate genocide and crimes against humanity.
Yet human rights
violations continued after the fall of the dictator Suharto. They
are going on today in West Papua. As long as the United States and
other Western powers support atrocities, they are carried out with
impunity, and ETAN is as committed to advocating for the rights of
West Papuans as it was to those of the East Timorese.
ETAN cannot carry out this
work without your support. Please give generously so ETAN's valuable
work can continue.
Filep Karma soon
after his release.
Thanks to ETAN's and others' efforts, Filep Karma, West Papua's most
prominent political prisoner, is enjoying his first few days of
freedom. He served 11 years of a 15-year sentence for organizing a
demonstration at which protesters raised the "morning star" flag, a
banned-symbol of West Papuans' aspirations for self-determination.
ETAN continues to advocate for unconditional freedom for Indonesia's
remaining political prisoners and for an end to repression in
And ETAN continues to campaign for the United States to
declassify and release all its files about the 1960’s massacres in
Indonesia, which the CIA itself concluded were "one of the worst
mass murders of the 20th century," and for the United States to
acknowledge its crucial role in those crimes. ETAN is supporting a
Senate resolution inspired by Joshua Oppenheimer's
on those massacres. (If you haven't yet done so, please sign
ETAN's petition demanding the release all of its records and an acknowledgment of the U.S. role
in these crimes.)
ETAN remains a go-to source of information on events past and present in
the region. ETAN's e-mail lists, website, and twitter feed are
widely praised as sources of information and analysis. More than 4000
activists, journalists, policy makers, and students keep informed
through ETAN's long-running east-timor
about Timor-Leste. Many of you rely on this and ETAN's similar
services on Indonesia and West Papua.
You can see that
ETAN's work remains
vital. But that work can only continue with ongoing and substantial
support by people who, like you, believe in human rights, justice
and accountability for the peoples of Timor-Leste, West Papua, and
support is crucial. Thank you for joining me and giving generously.
P.S. Please consider becoming an ETAN Sustainer
by making a monthly donation by credit card. Help put ETAN on a firmer
financial footing, see information here.
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Having campaigned for Timor-Leste's
independence for many decades, and as President of the Democratic
Republic of Timor-Leste for the last five years, I know
that ETAN has consistently supported our people during bad
and good times." Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel
Peace Prize Laureate, former President, Timor-Leste