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East Timor: Torture / fear of torture / possible "disappearance"

, رقم الوثيقة: ASA 21/032/1997

Moises Lobato Pereira, Sebastiao Pereira, Domingas da Costa (f), Sidonio Ximenes: The whereabouts of the four East Timorese arrested on 4 March 1997 remains unknown, and there are grave fears for their safety. They are already reported to have been severely tortured and there is concern that they may be facing further torture or ill-treatment in custody. The exact circumstances of their arrest are unknown.

EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 21/32/97
UA 128/97 Torture / Fear of torture / Possible "disappearance" 2 May 1997
EAST TIMORMoises Lobato Pereira (26)
Sebastiao Pereira (29)
Domingas da Costa (f) (23)
Sidonio Ximenes (35)
The whereabouts of four East Timorese arrested on 4 March 1997 remain unknown,
despite efforts by relatives to locate them. The four are already reported
to have been severely tortured and there are grave fears that they may be facing
further torture or ill-treatment in custody.
The precise circumstances surrounding the arrest of Moises Lobato Pereira,
Sebastiao Pereira, Domingas da Costa and Sidonio Ximenes are not known. However,
according to unconfirmed reports, they were initially arrested and detained
in an unknown location by Team SAKA (former East Timorese independence fighters
recruited into the Indonesian army). During this time they were subjected to
torture including being hit with rifle barrels until they bled. They were
also kicked and Moises Lobato Pereira is reported to have suffered a broken
rib as a result. Domingas da Costa reportedly had the sign of the cross sliced
into her hand.
All four were then transferred to the headquarters of the military intelligence
unit (Satuan Tugas Intelijen - SGI) in the town of Baucau. However, when their
families attempted to visit the detainees they were told that they had been
taken to Dili. Since then there has been no information about their whereabouts.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Arbitrary detention, torture, "disappearance" and extrajudicial executions
of individuals suspected of links with the resistance movement continue in
East Timor. Individuals taken into both police and military custody are
routinely subjected to ill-treatment and torture, particularly during
interrogation. The risk of torture is heightened because detainees are generally
denied access to legal counsel and to their families. In addition, restrictions
are placed by the Indonesian authorities on access to East Timor for independent
human rights monitors.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/express/airmail letters in Bahasa
Indonesia, English or your own language:
- asking for clarification of the whereabouts of Moises Lobato Pereira,
Sebastiao Pereira, Domingas da Costa and Sidonio Ximenes and urging that they
be given immediate access to their families, independent lawyers and medical
attention;
- seeking guarantees that none of the four will be subjected to further torture
and ill-treatment;
- calling for an immediate, impartial and thorough investigation into reports
that the four have been tortured and for those responsible to be brought to
justice.
APPEALS TO:
Military Commander Region IX/Udayana
(Covers Bali, Lombok, Nusa Tenggara and East Timor)
Major General Rivai
2
Pangdam IX/Udayana
Markas Besar KODAM IX/Udayana
Denpasar, Bali
Indonesia
Telegrams: Pangdam IX, Udayana, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Salutation: Dear Major General Rivai
Commander of the Armed Forces (ABRI)
General Feisal Tanjung
Panglima ABRI
Markas Besar ABRI
Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No 13
Jakarta Timur
Indonesia
Telegrams: Markas Besar ABRI, Jakarta Timur, Indonesia
Salutation: Dear General Feisal Tanjung
COPIES TO:
National Commission on Human Rights
Komisi Nasional Hak Asazi Manusia (Komnas HAM)
Alex Refialy SH
Jalan Dr Antonio de Carveho
Dili, East Timor
(Indonesia)
and to diplomatic representatives of Indonesia accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or
your section office, if sending appeals after 20 June 1997.

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