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Indonesia: Possible "disappearance"

, رقم الوثيقة: ASA 21/035/2000

Idham Kurniawan, Anton Sulton, Hamad Haviz Azdam and Usep Setiawan have not been seen since 14 August 2000. They were reportedly apprehended by members of the Police Mobile Brigade (BRIMOB) outside the parliament. Amnesty International is concerned for their safety, fearing that they may have "disappeared" and may be at risk of torture or extrajudicial execution.

PUBLIC AI Index: 21/35/00
UA 251/00 Possible “disappearance” 24 August 2000
INDONESIAIdham Kurniawan, student, aged 23
Anton Sulton, student, aged 26
Hamad Haviz Azdam, student, aged 26
Usep Setiawan, aged 28
Idham Kurniawan, Anton Sulton, Hamad Haviz Azdam and Usep Setiawan have not
been seen since 14 August 2000, when they were reportedly apprehended by members
of the Police Mobile Brigade (BRIMOB) outside the parliament in the Indonesian
capital, Jakarta. Amnesty International is concerned for their safety, fearing
that they may have “disappeared” and may be at risk of torture or extrajudicial
execution.
Idham Kurniawan, Anton Sulton, Hamad Haviz Azdam and Usep Setiawan were
participating in a hunger strike outside the main gates of the parliament,
demanding the amendment of legislation on land ownership and land rights. The
People’s Consulative Assembly (MPR) was meeting for its annual session at the
time. Reportedly, members of BRIMOB broke up the protest at approximately 7.30pm
on 14 August 2000, and the four activists were taken away in two ambulances.
A senior police officer has claimed that the four were dropped off outside
the offices of General Election Committee in central Jakarta. However, they
have not been seen since.
Idham Kurniawan, Anton Sulton and Hamad Haviz Azdam study anthropology, law
and agri-business respectively in Bandung, West Java. Usep Setiawan leads the
Development and Social Activist Study Foundation, which is also based in
Bandung.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
“Disappearances” of polticial and other activists were commonplace under the
New Order Regime led by President Suharto. The collapse of this regime in 1998
has been followed by a period of political transformation in Indonesia with
greater tolerance of freedom of expression, assembly and association.
However, despite improvements, human rights violations still take place in
connection with demonstrations and protests. In September 1999, at least six
people were shot dead by the security forces during demonstrations against
a proposed new law on national security. In Aceh and Papua, where there are
strong independence movements and security forces engage in counter-insurgency
operations, widespread “disappearances”, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary
detention, torture and ill-treatment continue.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail
letters in English, Bahasa Indonesia or your own language:
- calling on the authorities to immediately clarify the whereabouts of Idham
Kurniawan, Anton Sulton, Hamad Haviz Azdam and Usep Setiawan;
- urging the authorities that if they are in custody, they are given access
to legal counsel of their choice, medical attention and their families;
- urging that if they are in custody, they are not tortured or ill-treated;
- urging that if they are not charged with a recognizable criminal offence,
they be immediately released.
APPEALS TO:
2
CHIEF OF NATIONAL POLICE
Gen. Rusdihardjo
Kapolri
Markas Besar Kepolisian RI
Jl. Trunojoyo 13
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
Fax: + 62 21 720 7277
Salutation:Dear Police Chief
MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND SECURITY
Dr Juwono Sudarsono
Menteri Pertahanan dan Keamanan
Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No.13-14
Jakarta Pusat 10110
Indonesia
Fax: + 62 21 381 4535 or + 62 21 384 5178
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
STATE MINISTER OF HUMAN RIGHTS AFFAIRS
Hasballah M. Saad(10/99)
Jl Kuningan Timur M 2/5
Jakarta 12950
Indonesia
Fax: + 62 21 5256855
Salutation:Dear Minister
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 5 October 2000.

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