Archived News Items
Writes Pacifica Concerning Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! (Nov. 1,
representative establishes office in DC (Oct. 30, 2000)
Foreign Relations Committee Passes Ban on U.S. Military Ties to
Indonesia (September 27, 2000)
IFET writes Kofi Annan
Urging International Tribunal (August 30, 2000)
Chronology updating refugee situation since delegation's return
(July 18, 2000)
La'o Hamutuk website
is up and running. La'o Hamutuk ("walking together" in Tetum) is a joint
East Timorese-international organization that will monitor the
activities of the principal international institutions in East Timor.
(June 15, 2000)
Opposes Any Resumption of Military Ties with Indonesia (May 24,
Indonesia's Generals on Trial in U.S. Courts - Special section on
the legal woes of General Johny Lumintang and Major-General Sintong
Australian Documentary Details
Funding of the Militia (February 16, 2000)
December 20 - Vermont's Norwich University to End Training of Indonesian Military
November 19 - Senate Passes Appropriations Bill Restricting U.S. Military Assistance to Indonesia Conditions include bringing human rights violators to justice, return of displaced persons to East Timor.
October 20 - Indonesia's Repeal of Annexation of East Timor Only First Step - Safe return of refugees, end to militia activity and prosecution of rights violators are priorities
November 12 - ETAN urges Indonesia's president to fulfill commitments to East Timor by stopping militia violence, assisting return of refugees and cooperating with rights investigations. Also - Clinton must keep military assistance suspension, release rights data.
November 16 - Shepard Forman, Center on International Cooperation, NYU, on Rebuilding East Timor: Cooperation in Recovering from Destruction
November 3 - Notes on the Indonesian Military and the New Government and A Primer on How to Lie for the Indonesian Military by John Roosa, Ph.D., historian of South and Southeast Asia.
October 31-November 8 - ETAN Alert for East Timor Self-Determination Act
September 27 - Senate Foreign Relations Committee passes freeze on military relations with Indonesia (S 1568). A similar bill, HR 2895, has been introduced in the House. Other East Timor Legislation News and lists of bills' sponsors
September 13 - Rep. McGovern, remembering Frs. Madeira and Soares, calls for rebuilding of East Timor
September 12 - ETAN Statement on Suspension of U.S. Aid to Indonesia and Indonesian Agreement to Allow International Force into East Timor
September 4 - Bishop Belo's residence attacked, thousands kidnapped by militias; ETAN calls for immediate suspension of all aid to Indonesia and support for UN-controlled security
September 1 - IFET-OP Report #8 Ominous Signs Only Two Days After Historic East Timor Vote; Militia Roadblocks, and Widespread Threats Against Local Population, International Observers, and UNAMET Personnel. See IFET's web site for additional IFET-OP reports and statements.
September 1 - ETAN and Dr. Dan Murphy call for vigilance in East Timor between now and announcing of consultation results
August 26 - Militias threaten international observer teams and undermine freedom of movement of IFET-OP observers
August 25 - IFET-OP letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan cites fear of bloodbath to derail ballot
August 11 - 100 members of Congress call on President Clinton to use all channels to press Indonesian on East Timor
August 10 - ETAN/U.S. members are heading to East Timor to observe the UN-organized vote on August 30 as part of the IFET-OP and other observer missions.
August 3 - ETAN today praised continuing Congressional pressure in support of a free and fair vote in East Timor following passage of the Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill (HR 2606).
July 21 - The House of Representatives unanimously called for a tougher U.S. policy in support of a free and fair vote in Indonesian-occupied East Timor just days after UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan decided to begin voter registration while saying "the security situation in the territory as a whole remains serious."
July 20 - Copies and translation of secret Indonesian government document leaked from East Timor. The story of the document, which represents the contemplations of a senior official on what official policy should be, first appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald.
July 26 - ETAN Calls for Postponing Indonesia Aid and asks CGI donors to wait until after East Timor's ballot.
July 17 - ETAN dedicates a street sign naming 68th Street "East Timor Way." The sign -- posted by the City of New York -- is the result of a lawsuit by ETAN.
July 2 - IFET urges the Security Council to make a clear and forceful statement on the need for the Indonesian government to take seriously its responsibilities under the May 5 Tripartite Agreements.
July 1 - Amendment, passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate, requires the Clinton administration to intensify its support for self-determination for East Timor.
June 30 - U.S. Senate Votes 98-0 to Step Up U.S. Pressure on Indonesia for Peaceful East Timor Ballot.
June 23 - Two letters sent by Rep. Frank Wolf to Clinton administration officials.
June 22 - The U.S. Senate unanimously passed an amendment urging a tougher U.S. policy in support of a free and fair UN-sponsored vote in Indonesian-occupied East Timor. See ETAN press release and Congressional Record on Senate Amendment.
June 18, 1999 - ETAN urges World Bank to withhold Social Safety Net funds that are being misused in East Timor by Indonesia
June 15 - IFET condemns militia leader's appointment to Indonesian government's Civil Defense Corps
June 10 - Killings, Torture and Brutal Intimidation Continue in East Timor The campaign of terror threatens to derail plans for August independence vote.
May 20 - Congress Approves $6.5 Million for East Timor Vote. But More Than Just Money Needed says East Timor Action Network
Information on candidates for UN VOLUNTEER OPERATION and NGO OBSERVERS in East Timor
May 19 - East Timor Action Network sues New York City over street renaming.
May 5 - Senators Russ Feingold and Patrick Leahy speak on behalf of SRES 96 which would express the sense of the Senate regarding a peaceful process of self-determination in East Timor. In the House Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy introduced H. CON. RES. 97 which urges a prohibition on military assistance and arms transfers to Indonesia until it ceases supporting paramilitaries in East Timor.
May 5 -East Timor's Bloodiest Tradition, NY Times Op-ed, by Aniceto Guterres Lopes, director of an East Timorese human rights organization
April 12 - Congressional Letter to Sec. Albright on East Timor Massacre
March 18 - Senator Russell D. Feingold Opening Statement Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific
March 12 - Statement by ETAN/US on the UN Agreement on East Timor
March 10 - ETAN endorses a bill (H.R. 1063) introduced today in the U.S. House by Reps. Evans, Smith, Lowey and Rohrabacher, and supported by many Representatives, which would ban most military training to Indonesia because of ongoing human rights violations. Also, Senators and Congressmembers write to Sec. Albright on these issues before her trip to Indonesia.
February 26 - U.S. Department of State Indonesia Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 1998 released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. ETAN comments on report.
January 29 - Senators Feingold, Reed and Torricelli welcomed indications that Indonesia is considering granting Timor independence, as did Rep. Patrick Kennedy. Recent radio broadcasts featuring Jose Ramos-Horta, Bella Galhos, Allan Nairn, and ETAN/US's Lynn Fredriksson are available on the web. (January 1999)
January 25, 1999 - Fall River, Massachusetts, passes Resolution Condemning Indonesian Occupation of East Timor.
January 14, 1999 - Berkeley, California, adopts a Uniform Selective Purchasing Policy.
January 7, 1999- Oldtimers, take notice: newest ETAN chapter -- at Dartmouth High School -- draws Congressman to their town meeting, and gets resolution on East Timor passed! (And that's just for starters.)
January 4, 1999 - 4 Senators urge State Department support for the placement of a permanent U.N.-delegation in East Timor. State Department calls for restraint in Indonesia following clashes in East Timor.
December 22, 1998 - 7 members of the House of Representatives write to Secretary of State Albright "in light of recent reports of increased violence" in East Timor.
November 24, 1998 - Act now to protest the deaths of at least 50 Timorese in the Alas region of East Timor during an ongoing Indonesian military operation. ETAN condemns the recent killings and calls for troop withdrawals and international monitors in East Timor.
November 15, 1998 - Detailed analysis of leaked Indonesian army documents.
September 29, 1998 - Congress ban comes in response to training and rights abuses involving Indonesia
September 23, 1998 - 59 NGOs petition House International Relations Committee urging support of self-determination for East Timor.
September 21, 1998 - House of Representatives Continues Military Training Ban for Indonesia; Ban on U.S. Weapons in East Timor Reaffirmed
September 16, 1998 - Congressman Patrick Kennedy urges State Department to increase pressure on Indonesia to allow freedom in East Timor.
September 10, 1998 - The powerful House Appropriations Committee called for an "internationally supervised referendum" when it passed the foreign operations appropriations bill late last week. Also, calling for a just solution to the tragedy in East Timor, letters were sent to President Clinton and Indonesian President Habibie by a bipartisan group of more than 100 Members of Congress.
September 3, 1998 - Senate passes legislation requiring that any agreement to sell weapons to Indonesia "shall state that such items will not be used in East Timor."
August 13, 1998 - ETAN/US condemns attacks on ethnic Chinese Indonesians
August 4, 1998 - 26 Non-Governmental Organizations pressed Indonesian and Portuguese Foreign Ministers meeting with the U.N. Secretary-Genera to include East Timorese resistance leaders in the talks.
On Friday, July 10, 1998, the Senate UNANIMOUSLY PASSED Senate Resolution 237 which urges the Clinton administration to "work actively, through the United Nations and with United States allies, to carry out the directives of existing United Nations resolutions on East Timor and to support an internationally supervised referendum on self-determination." ETAN/US called on the President to shift U.S. policy to one supporting East Timors democratic rights. See also, U.S. Senate Endorses Referendum, White House and UN Slow to Act
Indonesia and East Timor: On the verge of change? A report issued by a three-person delegation that visited Indonesia and East Timor from March 3-13, 1998. They met with people from a wide range of perspectives, experiences, and organizations.
ETAN/US, along with over 50 other presenters from around the world who are concerned with the fate of the East Timorese people, petitioned the UN Committee on Decolonization in late June/early July, 1998. Also, read the ETAN/US statement on recent Indonesian government actions relating to East Timor.