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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."

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.

On Friday, July 10, 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 Timor’s democratic rights.

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.  Also, read the ETAN/US statement on recent Indonesian government actions relating to East Timor.

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.

ETAN/US condemns attacks on ethnic Chinese Indonesians

The East Timor Human Rights Centre launched a new report that documents human rights violations between January and June 1998 in East Timor.  It also assesses the Habibie government's response to the human rights violations and its efforts to move towards a resolution of the conflict.

Suharto Resigns Statements by ETAN/US and Constancio Pinto

Statements by Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Rep. Chris Smith, Lynn Fredrikkson and Constancio Pinto on the just introduced Indonesia Human Rights Before Military Assistance Act (HR 3918 IH).

Selected Postings
News from east-timor (reg.easttimor), updated weekly, including - U.S. Catholic Bishops letter to Secretary of State Madeleine  Albright, accounts of East Timorese student protest in Jakarta, a message from jailed resistace leader Xanana Gusmao, and an interview with Bishop Belo... and much more!

U.S. intelligence officials based in Indonesia knew about the abductions of political activists as they occurred reports Allan Nairn in an article to be published in the forthcoming The Nation magazine.

Press Release, May 12, 1998 - After Six Killed in Jakarta ETAN Calls for an End to Sales of Weapons, Spare Parts, and Ammunition to Indonesia and a Ban on All Military Training

May 9, 1998 statement by Allan Nairn on the suspension of US military training aid to Indonesia.

Indonesia and East Timor: On the verge of change? is the title of 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.

The first selective purchasing and investment law targeting Indonesia is passed by the City of Berkeley. ETAN/US is developing a national campaign around state and local legislation to limit taxpayer money going to companies which support the Jakarta regime’s continuing brutal occupation of East Timor. Work continues in Massachusetts to pass a bill that will disallow doing business with or investing pension funds of state employees in any company that does business in or with Indonesia.

A new Timorese flag was adopted during the first East Timorese National Convention.

Indonesia's Killers Selected Editorial from The Nation magazine by Allan Nairn.

Indonesia's Disappeared Article from The Nation magazine by Allan Nairn.

Human Rights Deteriorate in East Timor  Semi-Annual Report of Human Rights Violations in East Timor, January to July, 1997


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