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Congressional Statements and Actions
on Indonesia, Timor-Leste and West Papua
Congressmen visit Xanana in jail  
September 2010 hearing on West Papua, chaired by Congressmember Eni Faleomavaega (AS). Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer shakes hands with jailed Timorese leader Xanana Gusmao as Congressmembers Doug Bereuter and James Greenwood look on at Cipinang Prison. Jakarta Post (January, 1999)


115th Congress (2017-2018)

ETAN: U.S. Congress supports Timor-Leste's right to a fair maritime boundary with Australia (August 1, 2017)

Human Rights Campaign: Congress Sends Letter to Indonesia to Stop Government-Sponsored Anti-LGBTQ Actions (June 19)

Tribute to Former U.S. Delegate Eni Faleomavaega (March 2017)

113th Congress (2013-2014)

Nine Questions for Sen. John Kerry, nominee for Secretary of State, on Indonesia, Timor-Leste and West Papua

Human Rights in Indonesia: Hearing before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (PDF) (May 23, 2013)

112th Congress (2011-2012)

West Papua Advocacy Team on Rep. Donald Payne 1934-2012, with note from ETAN (March 10, 2012)

Members of U.S. Congress Call Upon Indonesia to End Systematic Abuses in West Papua (November 18, 2011)

House Letter to President Obama on eve of trip to Bali on West Papua/Papua (November 14, 2011)

Congressmember Faleomavaega Calls on Indonesia to Assure Safe and Humane Treatment of West Papuans in Custody and to Work for Their Release (October 21)

Congressmember Faleomavaega greetings to Papuan People's Congress (PDF) (October 5)

26 Members of the House of Representatives Write Indonesia President to Call for Release of Papuan Prisoner Filep Karma (August 18)

Congressman Eni Faleomavaega Is Awarded "John Rumbiak Human Rights Defenders Award" (July 2011)

111th Congress (2009-2010)

Letter to Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) as He Leaves Congress ETAN - and the peoples of East Timor and Indonesia - Will Miss Senator Feingold

 50 Members of U.S. Congress Call Upon Obama Administration to Make West Papua One of Its Highest Priorities (August 1)

Congress Writes Administration on Kopassus Training (May 13, 2010)

Chairmen Faleomavaega and Payne Call on Indonesian President to Establish Dialogue with West Papua Leaders (November 10, 2009)

House of Representatives Signals Ongoing Concern About Human Rights in Indonesia and E Timor (July 10)

Groups Disappointed by U.S. House of Representatives Removal of Provision Highlighting West Papua (June 22)

ETAN response to Admiral Dennis Blair's Statements to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (January 28)

Adm. Blair Poor Choice as Director of National Intelligence, Says Rights Group; Blair’s History with Indonesia and East Timor Raises Questions about Likely Nominee  (January 7, 2009)

110th Congress (2007-2008)

Senator Feingold on Remembering Munir Said Thalib (September 15)

Congress Demands Action on West Papua Political Prisoners as Human Rights Violations Persist (August 7)

Congressmembers Urge Greater U.S. Commitment to Promote Justice for Timorese Call for U.S. Response to CAVR Report (April 25)

Senators Write U.S. State Dept. on Training Kopassus and Brimob (April 3)

House Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee Chairmen Call upon Indonesia to End Unreasonable Restrictions on International Access to West Papua (March 10, 2008)

Letter to UN on West Papua by two senior members of the House Committee of Foreign Affairs (Feb 14, 2008)

ETAN Statement on military assistance to Indonesia in the FY2008 Consolidated Appropriations bill (HR 2764) (December 18, 2007)

Faleomavaega Disappointed With His Visit To Biak And Manokwari Papua, Indonesia (December 17)

U.S. House of Representatives Calls for Human Rights Accountability  and Military Reform in Indonesia (June 22)

New head of Asia panel in U.S. Congress champions self-determination for Papua (January 23, 2007)

109th Congress (2005-2006)


Some Pebbles in Jakarta's Shoes (Straits Times commentary, December 15)

Letter to President Yudhoyono calling for action on the Munir case (November 3)
U.S. Reps urge fully-integrated Timor mission (October 24)
Sen. Leahy on Anniv of Munir's Death (Sept.18)

Senator Feingold questions Bolton on E Timor (July 24)
U.S. Representatives Call on Secretary of State Rice to Support Robust UN Mission to East Timor (July 18)
Rep. Barney Frank on Support for East Timor (July 10)

Response to Department of State’s Papua and Aceh Report of April 2006 (Summer)

House of Representatives: Hearing on E Timor- Instability and Future Prospects (June 28)
Rep. Crowley on Assistance for Indonesian Military (June 8)

ETAN Calls for Restrictions on Military Assistance to Indonesia to Promote Reform and Accountability; House Committee Would Turn a Blind Eye to Rights Violations, Impunity (May 25)
Rep. Langevin of Armed Services to Secs. Rumsfeld and Rice on military aid to Indonesia (May 24)

Groups Urge Congress to Restrict Assistance to Indonesian Military in Legislative Mark-up  (May 18)
Letter - Rep. P. Kennedy articulate defender of E. Timor (May 12)
Key Senators Criticize Waiver Allowing U.S. Weapons Exports to Indonesia; Cite Administration's Lack of Strategy to Encourage Accountability and Reform (May 3)

Senator Feingold to Sec. Rice re. Papua (March 21)
Senator Feingold to SBY re. Papua (March 21)
Rumsfeld and Leahy on military aid to Indonesia (March 9)

Sen. Feingold Report from Indonesia (February 28)

Sen. Feingold Focuses on Counter-terrorism, Human Rights, Military Reform Issues During Visit to Indonesia (February 24)
Rep. Barney Frank on Timor's defamation provisions (February 22)
Congressional Research Service: Papua, Indonesia: Issues for Congress (January 19)


Faleomavaega and Congressman Donald Payne Call Upon African Nations to Request UN Review of West Papua (December 16)

ETAN Condemns Administration Waiver Permitting Weapons Sales to Indonesia (November 22)

Indonesia Should Take U.S. Congressional Restrictions on Military Aid Seriously (November 18)

Senator Leahy on Military Aid to Indonesia and East Timor (November 10)

Human Rights First: U.S. Congress Calls for Justice for Slain Indonesian Human Rights Hero; Human rights group says investigation and prosecution falls short (November 9)

Congress appropriates $750,000 for East Timor scholarship (November 7)
U.S. Congress Upholds Pressure for Human Rights for Indonesia, Timor; Law Will Restrict Military Assistance for Indonesia (November 3)

Members of Congress Urge President Bush Not to Normalize Military Ties with Indonesia; Rewarding “Half-Steps” to Reform Undeserved (August 18)

ETAN Praises U.S. Senate for Upholding Commitment to Human Rights for Indonesia, Timor; Bill Would Maintain Restrictions on Indonesian Military Assistance (July 20)

U.S. Congress Calls for International Commitment to Justice for East Timor; Urges Indonesia, Timor to Endorse Recommendations of UN Experts’ Commission (July 18)

Rep. Faleomavaega: International Relations Committee Passes State Dept. Authorization Bill With Mr. Faleomavaega and Mr. Payne’s Language About West Papua  (July 1)

ETAN Accuses House of Representatives of Selling Out Rights, Reform; Bill Would Lift Restrictions on Military Assistance to Indonesia (June 29)

Estafeta: IMET Certified; Congress Speaks Out on TNI, Aceh, Papua, Timor Sea (Spring 2005)

Tempo interviews Senator Leahy (May 31-June 06)

Congressional Research Service: East Timor: Potential Issues for Congress (May 4, 2005)*

Congressional Black Caucus and Rep. Faleomavaega Urge U.S. Secretary of State and UN Secretary General to Support West Papua (March 17)
Rep. Chris Smith on E. Timor and Indonesia at House Human Rights Hearing (March 17)

US Senate Foreign Relations Committee - Amendments to Foreign Affairs Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007 on Timika killings and Aceh (March 10)

Rep. Kucinich on IMET (March 9)

Rep. Kennedy (D-RI) on mediator in Timor Sea talks, IMET (March 9)

Congress Urges Expeditious Talks on Permanent Maritime Boundary for East Timor; Calls on Australia to Create Trust Fund for Disputed Revenue (March 4)

Sen. Leahy on Resumption of Full IMET for Indonesia (Feb 28)

Senators Leahy (D-VT)and Bond (R-MO) on Military. Restrictions (Feb 1)
Rep. Evans writes Adm. Fargo on military ties (Jan 18)
Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy's Dear Colleague Letter on Aceh (Jan 13)

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