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Further information on UA 228/94 (ASA 21/18/94, 13 June) - Indonesia / East Timor: "disappearance" / fear of torture: Filomeno da Silva Pereira, Francisco Miranda Branco, Gregorio da Cunha Saldanha, Jacinto das Neves Raimundo Alves, Juvencio de Jesus Mart

, Index number: ASA 21/019/1994

The six East Timorese prisoners of conscience earlier reported as "disappeared" are now understood to be in custody in the city of Semarang, Central Java. The six had managed a small protest during a visit by foreign journalists in April 1994 and it seems likely that they were moved to avoid further embarassment to the authorities during future official visits to East Timor.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 21/19/94
Distr: UA/SC
13 June 1994
Further information on UA 228/94 (ASA 21/18/94, 13 June 1994) - "Disappearance"
/ Fear of Torture
INDONESIA/EAST TIMOR: Filomeno da Silva Pereira, 37
Francisco Miranda Branco, 44
Gregorio da Cunha Saldanha, 31
Jacinto das Neves Raimundo Alves, 37
Juvencio de Jesus Martins, 35
Saturnino da Costa Belo, 29
The six East Timorese prisoners of conscience named above, earlier reported
as "disappeared", are now understood to be in custody in the city of Semarang,
Central Java. Indonesian military and Ministry of Justice officials confirmed
on 13 June that the six, who had been taken from their cells at Comarca prison
in Dili late last week, had been transferred over the weekend of 11/12 June.
The six had managed stage a small pro-independence protest during a prison
visit by foreign journalists in April, and it appears likely that they were
moved to avoid further embarrassment to the Indonesian authorities during future
official visits to East Timor. The timing of the move suggests that the move
might be intended to prevent the prisoners from meeting the UN Special Rapporteur
on Summary, Arbitrary and Extra-judicial Executions, who is due to visit East
Timor - but not Semarang - early in July.
Amnesty International welcomes the official clarification about the whereabouts
of the six, but regrets that the authorities failed to inform relatives in
advance of the move, thereby causing considerable distress and concern for
the prisoners' safety. It is also concerned that the prisoners are now being
held hundreds of miles from their homes, making visits by relatives and friends
extremely difficult. Finally, in Amnesty International's view, the six
prisoners of conscience and should therefore be released promptly and
unconditionally.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: You may wish to send telegrams, telexes, faxes,
express and airmail letters:
- expressing concern that the authorities transferred the six prisoners of
conscience named above (please list all the names) without informing their
relatives, thereby causing distress to the latter, and giving rise to serious
concern for the prisoners' safety;
- expressing concern that the six have been transferred to a prison far from
their homes, making visits by relatives and friends very difficult;
- urging the government to release immediately the six prisoners and all those
held for their non-violent political activities in Indonesia and East Timor.
APPEALS TO
1. MINISTER OF JUSTICE
Haji Utoyo Usman S.H.
Menteri Kehakiman
Jl. Rasuna Said Kav. 6-7
Kuningan
Jakarta Selatan
Indonesia
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Faxes: +62 21 3141 625
Telexes: 44404 ditjenim ia
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Jakarta, Indonesia
Salutation: Dear Minister Utoyo Usman
2. MILITARY COMMANDER REGION IX
(covers Bali, Lombok and Nusa Tenggara
including East Timor)
Brigadier-General R. Adang Ruchiatna
Pangdam IX/Udayana
Markas Besar KODAM IX Udayana
Denpasar
Bali, Indonesia
Telegrams: Pangdam IX/Udayana, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Salutation: Dear Brigadier-General Adang Ruchiatna
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Lt. Gen. (Ret) Ali Said
Chairman, National Commission on Human Rights
c/o Directorat Jenderal Pemasyarakatan
Jl. Veteran No. 11
Jakarta Pusat
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 25 July 1994.

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