ETAN joins letter supporting UN Human Rights Council resolution on
protecting civil society
UN Human Rights Council, Geneva.
JUNE 29, 2016- The East Timor and Indonesia
Action Network (ETAN)
joined 243 other organizations in
a letter urging members of the UN Human Rights Council to oppose
amendments that would gut
supporting civil society
participation in the UN and elsewhere.
The letter opposes 15
amendments submitted by Russia that "would undermine international
efforts to safeguard space for civil society," the letter says.
"The draft resolution, presented by a cross-regional group of States
comprising of Chile, Ireland, Japan, Sierra Leone, and Tunisia, was
developed through broad consultation with States and civil society and
in the past was adopted by consensus," the letter adds.
letter organized by the the
International Service for Human Rights was also signed by the
International Federation for East Timor and La'o Hamutuk (Timor-Leste
Institute for Development Monitoring and Analysis)
letter and list of signers can be found
ETAN is "A voice of reason,
criticizing the administration's
reluctance to address ongoing
human rights violations and
escalating oppression in West
Papua and against religious