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Further information on UA 366/92 (ASA 21/17/92, 23 November) - Indonesia / East Timor: legal concern / fear of torture: Xanana Gusmao, Rufina Conceicao Araujo, Augusto Pereira, Alianca de Araujo, Ligia de Araujo, Jorge Manuel Araujo Serrano, Regina Concei

, Index number: ASA 21/019/1992

Indonesian security forces have reportedly arrested close relatives of Xanana Gusmao, the captured East Timorese resistance leader. His sister, Armadino Gusmao, was reportedly arrested early on 24 November 1992, along with her husband and two of their children. Their place of detention is not known and there are fears that they may be interrogated under torture. Other members of the family are feared to be at risk of arbitrary detention. The authorities have yet to clarify the whereabouts of Xanana Gusmao and to announce the charges against him and seven members of the Araujo family also arrested on 20 November.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 21/19/92
Distr: UA/SC
24 November 1992
Further information on UA 366/92 (ASA 21/17/92, 23 November 1992) - Legal
Concern/Fear of Torture
Rufina Conceiçao Araujo (female), 74
Augusto Pereira, 43 ) husband and
Aliança de Araujo (female), 40) wife
Ligia de Araujo (female), 22
Jorge Manuel Araujo Serrano, 21
Regina Conceiçao Araujo Serrano, (female), 18
Francisco Almeida Araujo, 17
and new names: Armadina Gusmão (female)
Gilman Exposto
Two children, aged 13 and 15
Close relatives of Xanana Gusmão, the East Timorese resistance leader captured
on 20 November 1992, have reportedly been arrested by Indonesian security forces
in Dili. According to family members living abroad, Xanana Gusmão's sister,
Armadina Gusmão, was arrested early this morning (24 November), together with
her husband, Gilman Exposto and two of their children, a girl aged 13 and a
boy aged 15.
It is not known where the four are being held, and there is concern that they
may be subjected to torture or ill-treatment while under interrogation by
Indonesian security forces. There is also concern for the safety of three other
children from the same family, and three of Xanana Gusmão's sisters, Felismina,
Manuela, and Filomena, all of whom reside in Dili and who may be in danger
of arbitrary arrest at any time.
The Indonesian authorities have yet to clarify the whereabouts of, or to announce
the charges to be filed against, Xanana Gusmão and the seven members of the
Araujo family arrested with him on 20 November 1992.
Amnesty International is urging the Indonesian authorities: to make known
immediately the whereabouts of all those named above; to permit representatives
of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) immediate access to
their places of detention; to ensure that all those currently in detention
are granted immediate access to a lawyer of their choice in accordance with
Indonesia's Code of Criminal Procedure; and to release immediately all those
detained solely for their peaceful political activities or beliefs, or because
of their family ties to Xanana Gusmão.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters either in English or your own language:
- expressing concern for the safety of Armadina Gusmão, her husband Gilman
Exposto and two of their children (a girl aged 13 and a boy aged 15) who were
all arrested on 24 November 1992 following the arrest of Armadina's brother,
Xanana Gusmão, on 20 November 1992;
- expressing concern also for the safety of Xanana Gusmão and seven members
of the Araujo family who were also arrested with him in Dili, East Timor;
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- seeking guarantees that all will be treated humanely while in detention;
- urging that representatives of the International Committee for the Red Cross
(ICRC) be granted immediate and unconditional access to their place of
- seeking assurances that all the detainees will be accompanied by a lawyer
of their own choice while being interrogated, as required by Indonesian law;
- urging the government to release immediately and unconditionally all those
detained solely for their peaceful political views or activities.
1) General Try Sutrisno Salutation: Dear General Try
Commander of the Armed Forces
Markas Besar ABRI
Cilangkap, East Jakarta
Telegrams: Gen Sutrisno, Markas Besar Abri, Jakarta, Indonesia
Faxes: + 62 2136 1471 (Armed Forces HQ); + 62 21 37 8144 (Army HQ);
+ 62 21 35 6404
2) Ali Alatas Salutation: Dear Minister Alatas
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Kementerian Luar Negeri
Jl. Taman Pejambon 6
Telegrams: Minister of Foreign Affairs Alatas, Jakarta, Indonesia
Faxes: + 62 2136 7781; + 62 2136 7782
3) Brig Gen Theo Syafei Salutation: Dear Brig Gen Syafei
Markas Besar KOREM 164
East Timor
Telegrams: Brig Gen Syafei, Dili, East Timor
4) Maj. Gen. H.B.L. Mantiri Salutation: Dear Maj. Gen. Mantiri
Markas Besar KODAM IX
Denpasar, Bali
Telegrams: Maj Gen Mantiri, Udayana, Bali, Indonesia
Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation
JL. Diponegoro 74
Jakarta 10320
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 January 1993.

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