Indonesia and East Timor: Political prisoners and the "rule of law"
This report discusses why, despite the government's often stated commitment to promoting internationally-accepted human rights standards, the practice of political imprisonment persists in Indonesia and East Timor. It describes the legislative and procedural apparatus used to imprison and intimidate real and alleged dissidents. Various aspects of the process of political imprisonment are briefly examined, focusing on unfair trials, prison conditions, terms of remission, detention without trial and restrictions following release. The report also describes the experiences of some of the 350 men and women who remain in prison for their political beliefs, nearly 30 years after the coming to power of the New Order.