INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE ON EAST TIMOR AUGUST 30 VOTE ANNIVERSARY
JOHN M. MILLER, (718)596-7668, (917)690-4391; email@example.com. www.etan.org. Media and Outreach Coordinator, East Timor
Action Network. Miller was an accredited observer with Parliamentarians for East Timor of the August 30 U.N.-organized
plebiscite. Miller said, "Indonesia's passage of a constitutional amendment foreclosing prosecution for past human
rights abuses is a crippling blow to efforts to hold the Indonesian military accountable for past crimes in East Timor.
An international tribunal is needed to give the victims of military and militia violence in East Timor their day in
court. Indonesian prosecutors should be invited to join the effort, but it is international law, not the shell of
Indonesian law, that must apply."
Miller can also arrange interviews with journalist ALLAN NAIRN, who is traveling but available by phone. Nairn was one
of the last journalists to remain in East Timor last September as the destruction of the country escalated. He was
arrested and detained by the Indonesian authorities for ten days before international pressure secured his release. He
is a survivor of the November 1991 Santa Cruz massacre in Dili, East Timor and an expert on U.S. military assistance to
LYNN FREDRIKSSON, (202)544-6911; firstname.lastname@example.org. Washington Representative of the East Timor Action Network. Earlier
this year, Fredriksson testified before Congress about her trip to assess first-hand the security and humanitarian
situation in East Timor (http://www.etan.org/news/2000a/5eyewitn.htm). Fredriksson said , "One year after the Indonesian
military (TNI) and its militias leveled East Timor, the government of Indonesia either can't or won't stop TNI support
for militias violating East Timor's borders, attacking peacekeepers and UN relief personnel, and blocking over 100,000
East Timorese refugees from repatriation. For the U.S. administration to provide any form of assistance to the
Indonesian military at this time is to contribute to the unraveling of Indonesia's fragile democratization, to betray
its commitment to genuine self-determination in East Timor, and to violate the intent of Congress in withholding aid to
human rights abusers."
KAREN ORENSTEIN, 202)544-6911; email@example.com, co-leader of spring 2000 fact-finding trip to West Timor
(http://www.etan.org/news/2000a/deleg3.htm). Orenstein said today, "A full year since East Timor's independence vote,
over 100,000 East Timorese refugees remain in Indonesian West Timor, many of them trapped in militia-controlled camps.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has recorded over one hundred attacks on humanitarian workers and
refugees, including a recent militia assault which seriously injured three staff and led to the suspension of all UNHCR
assistance to the camps. The Indonesian government must fulfill its repeated pledges to end Indonesian military support
for militias and to disarm and disband them. Militia leaders must be removed from the camps, arrested for the criminals
that they are and extradited to East Timor to stand trial."
MATTHEW JARDINE, firstname.lastname@example.org, (510)643-4507; www.etan.org/lh; co-founder, La'o Hamutuk, The East Timor Institute
for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis; author, "East Timor: Genocide in Paradise." Jardine said, "While the
international community has made strides in helping East Timor, the associated resources are woefully insufficient given
the trauma the country has suffered. By making UN Transitional Administration in East Timor a governing mission, rather
than an assistance mission, the United Nations and the international community have effectively disempowered the East
Timorese and arguably undermined the long-term capacity of the society. What is lacking is a sufficient commitment to
justice within the United Nations and among the world powers, one that would ensure that those guilty for East Timor's
suffering are held accountable, and thus provide the closure and the compensation needed for East Timor to heal and
DR. DAN MURPHY, (651)699-9451 Physician running a clinic in Dili, East Timor. Dr. Murphy is the longest-serving Western
doctor in the territory. Murphy returned to East Timor in September with the peacekeeping troops after having been
prevented from returning to East Timor by Indonesia a month and a half earlier. Dr. Murphy said, "East Timor has begun
to stabilize from last year's total devastation. The challenge is to bring the best health care to the people in the
villages. The U.N. transitional administration has yet to show they are up to the task, but the people of East Timor who
have suffered so much deserve nothing less."
INGE LEMPE, (773)230-4464, email@example.com, www.etan.org/ifet. Accredited International Federation for East Timor
observer of last year's vote where she overheard evidence of military direction of the militia. She recently finished
working with a local community development organization in East Timor. Lempe said, "The Indonesian militaries 'scorched
earth' departure from East Timor leaves -- even a year later -- most East Timorese scratching to make to make a living.
The U.N. and other international organizations seem more concerned with their own standard of living, rather than with
helping East Timor. Most youth are without jobs and lack skills. Most of the money spent in East Timor goes to
foreigners gambling on making a quick buck. The East Timorese feel themselves as onlookers rather than partners with the
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