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Intern with ETAN  John M Miller
 Aug 07, 2011 06:05 PDT 

Intern with ETAN
Help our grassroots organizing for human
rights!The East Timor & Indonesia Action Network (ETAN)
is seeking interns. Help our grassroots organizing for human rights and
What is ETAN?
ETAN is a grassroots human rights organization working in solidarity
with the peoples of East Timor (Timor-Leste) and Indonesia. ETAN
advocates justice for past rights violations, genuine self-determination
for East Timor, and democratic reconstruction of one of the world’s
newest nations. ETAN supports human rights and democracy in Indonesia.
Current projects include campaigning for justice for past human rights
crimes, working to oppose military assistance to Indonesia, and
monitoring the human rights situation in both countries. ETAN also pays
close attention to events in West Papua.
What do ETAN interns do?
ETAN interns participate in the movement for justice in solidarity
with the peoples of  Indonesia and East Timor – a country whose
people have been deeply wrong by the international community.
ETAN interns gain experience, skills and knowledge in the areas of policy
and political advocacy, international politics, writing, translation,
editing, media, and organizing.
Intern responsibilities include research, writing and editing;
maintaining and building relations with the media, other organizations
and grassroots activists; administrative tasks; and monitoring and
analyzing news and developments in Indonesia and East Timor. Interns will
also participate in educating Congress and other decision-makers,
fundraising, event organizing, and other necessary tasks. Interns will
help maintain and expand ETAN's presence in social media and the
internet. The internship can be tailored to reflect the interns interests
and skills.
Interns will work in Brooklyn, although it may be possible to work from
While ETAN can not pay interns, we can work with your school program
for credit. If you need to relocate, we may be able to help with housing
and may be able to provide partial support for internship-related
How to Apply
Applications are accepted at any time. To apply, please send or
e-mail a cover letter, resume and writing sample along with your reasons
for applying and any relevant experience to:
East Timor and Indonesia Action Network
Tel. 718-596-7668; email:
We look forward to hearing from you!

Background on ETAN and East Timor
What Does ETAN stand for? ETAN supports continued restriction
of military assistance to Indonesia in order to support peace, justice
and democracy in both countries. To this end, we work to influence the
policies of the United States government and international institutions
as they relate to East Timor and Indonesia. The history of U.S. support
for Indonesia's illegal invasion and occupation of East Timor underlies
ETAN's efforts to achieve accountability for those responsible at home
and abroad for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed from 1975
Why East Timor and Indonesia? On December 7, 1975, Indonesia
invaded East Timor with U.S. backing. Over the next 24 years, Indonesian
military forces killed one-third of the population and devastated the
country -- all with weapons and political support from Washington. In
response to the 1991 Santa Cruz massacre of over 270 East Timorese
civilians, ETAN formed to campaign in the U.S. for human rights and
self-determination in East Timor.
In May 1998, Indonesian dictator Suharto was forced from office in
Indonesia, ending his brutal 32-year reign. In an August 1999
UN-supervised referendum, an overwhelming majority of East Timorese voted
for independence. In retribution, the Indonesian military and their
militia proxies killed at least 1400, raped women and girls, destroyed
75% of the country’s infrastructure, and forced three-quarters of the
population from their homes. East Timor is working to rebuild, establish
itself, and create essential political, social, and economic
institutions. On May 20, 2002, East Timor became the first independent
nation of the millennium.
What does ETAN do now? Although East Timor is now an independent
nation, many issues remain: None of the Indonesian military and police
officials who planned and carried out 1999s scorched earth campaign or
the 24-years of illegal occupation of East Timor have been brought to
justice. ETAN continues to oppose U.S. assistance to Indonesia’s
military, which remains a major roadblock to reform, justice, human
rights and security. Indonesia's security forces continue to engage in
human rights violations in West Papua. We also work with East Timorese
grassroots organizations to ensure that the developing U.S.-East Timor
relationship respects East Timorese human, political, economic and
environmental rights. Holding people and governments accountable for past
crimes and working towards a just future for Timor and Indonesia are
critical. ETAN works with U.S. activists to maintain awareness and
mobilize grassroots pressure for justice and human rights in East Timor
and Indonesia.
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