ETAN (East Timor & Indonesia Action Network) is a U.S.-based group seeking justice for the genocides perpetrated against the peoples of Indonesia, Timor Leste and West Papua. AETFA SA supports this petition:. ETAN’s website with links is http://www.etan.org/
Please join us in signing ETAN’s petition urging the U.S. Government to release the records and acknowledge the crimes! A big thank you to all who have signed so far.
Although the massacre of between 500,000 and one million (or more) people in Indonesia in 1965-1967 is a crucial event in modern Indonesian political history, it remains mostly a footnote in the United States and elsewhere. In 2012, the documentary The Act of Killing shocked audiences throughout the world as perpetrators of the mass murder re-enacted their violence. The film has fuelled a debate within Indonesia and drawn attention internationally to events long kept out of U.S. history books: Events that the U.S. Government facilitated and celebrated.
A companion film, The Look of Silence, is currently showing at film festivals focuses on the victims. It follows the investigation by Adi Rukun into the murder of his older brother who was killed during the violence.
While these are powerful films, any discussion of the events of 1965-1967 would not be complete without a discussion of the role of Western powers in this violence, including that of the United States. ETAN continues to call for accountability for those in the West who encouraged and assisted in the mass violence in Indonesia.
Sign the petition urging the U.S. government to take two immediate steps:
1) Declassify and release all documents related to the U.S. role in the mass violence, including the CIA’s so-called “job files.” These detail its covert operations.
2) The U.S. should formally acknowledge its role in facilitating the 1965-66 violence and its subsequent support for the brutalities of the Suharto regime.
ETAN has prepared a backgrounder on the events and aftermath of Suharto’s brutal seizure of power, where we focus on the U.S. role and responsibility. Read Breaking the Silence: The U.S. and Indonesia’s Mass Violence.
Once again, thanks to everyone who has already signed!
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