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Further information on UA 408/91 (ASA 21/26/91, 22 November and follow-up ASA 21/28/91, 29 November) - Indonesia / East Timor: legal concern / fear of torture: Metodio Moniz, Antonio Lopez, Felipe da Silva, Joao Sarmento, Fausto Bernardino, Joao "Travolta

, Index number: ASA 21/029/1991

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 21/29/91
Distr: UA/SC
10 December 1991
Further information on UA 408/91 (ASA 21/26/91, 22 November 1991) and follow-up ASA 21/28/91,
29 November 1991 - Legal Concern/Fear of Torture
Indonesia/East Timor:
Metodio Moniz*
Antonio Lopez
Felipe da Silva
Joao Sarmento
Fausto Bernardino*
Joao "Travolta"*
Agapito Cardoso
Gregorio de Araujo
Jose Maria Belo
Avelino Maria Coelho da Silva*
Mario Canelas*
Egas Quintao Monteiro*
Francisco Vasco Ramos
Jose Luis de Oliveira*
Sergio Dias Quintao*
Joao Freitas da Camara*
Benevides Cabral*
Domingos Barreto
Ilidio da Costa*
Antonio Soares
and Antonio Goncalves (see original UA)
Jose Pompeia Saldanha Ribeiro
Fernando de Araujo
Clemente Soares
Antonio Matos
and several other students
Nine students, including:
Jose Luis de Oliveira* ] see under
Ilidio da Costa* ] Jakarta
Diometrio ]
Rogerio ] released
Flavio ]
Pedrito ]
Nine students, including:
Agus Jaya
*Please note corrections to names
Twenty-one East Timorese students remain in custody at the Metropolitan Jakarta Police
Station, three weeks after they were arrested for taking part in a peaceful protest against
Indonesian human rights violations in East Timor. Most are being held incommunicado and
one, Joao Freitas da Camara, is reportedly detained in an isolation cell. Antonio Goncalves,
thought to have been arrested at the same time, has since been reported missing and there
is concern for his safety. Amnesty International has learned the names of 49 other students
who were arrested at the same time but released after questioning. They included six students
from Semarang, 27 from Bandung, two from Jakarta, eight from Malang and six from Yogyakarta.
Four East Timorese students arrested in Denpasar, Bali, on 23 November, and possibly six
others, are believed to remain in custody. Military authorities confirmed that 6 students
had been arrested in a raid on a house in Dili, on 2 December, but did not reveal their
names. The students are believed to be held incommunicado and there is concern for their
Amnesty International has learned that at least two students earlier reported as arrested
in Yogyakarta were, in fact, detained in Jakarta. Ilidio da Costa and Jose Luis de Oliveira
(named earlier as Elidio and Jose Luis) are among the 21 still held at the Metropolitan
Jakarta Police Station. There is no further information about those reportedly arrested
in Bandung.
Lawyers and relatives have been denied access to all but a few of the detainees, in
contravention of the Indonesian Code of Criminal Procedure (KUHAP) and international
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law. Despite repeated requests to the police authorities by the Indonesian Legal Aid
Institute (LBH), lawyers have not been permitted to accompany any of the detainees during
On 5 December an LBH team went to the Metropolitan Jakarta Police Station to formally
request information on the time and place of future interrogations so that they could
accompany their clients. Though required by law to provide such information, police officials
did not do so, saying that the only officer with that authority was out of the office.
The team was able to meet two of the detainees - Joao Freitas da Camara and Avelino Maria
Coelho da Silva - but they were accompanied throughout by a police investigator. The detainees
told the LBH team that their interrogation as suspects had been completed, and now they
were being interrogated as witnesses.
Amnesty International believes that most of those detained are prisoners of conscience
and is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of those held solely for their
non-violent political beliefs or activities. It is deeply concerned for the safety of those
held in incommunicado detention, and calls on the Indonesian authorities to grant immediate
access to their lawyers and relatives in accordance with the law.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters:
- expressing concern that 21 East Timorese students remain in custody in the Metropolitan
Jakarta Police Station after being arrested at a peaceful demonstration on 19 November
- expressing concern that police authorities have denied lawyers access to the detainees
in contravention of the Indonesian Code of Criminal Procedure and international law;
- expressing concern about the reported detention of dozens of other students in Denpasar,
Yogyakarta and Bandung, for their alleged political or human rights related activities;
- expressing concern that the students may be charged under legislation which appears to
contravene international human rights law guaranteeing freedom of expression and opinion;
- calling on the government to release all those detained solely for the peaceful expression
of their political views or activities.
1. Minister of Justice:
Let. Ismail Saleh Your Excellency
Jalan Rasuna Said, Kav 6-7
Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Jakarta,
Telexes: 44404 DITJENIM IA
Faxes: + 62 21 32 1625
2. Chief of the National Police:
General Kunarto Dear General
Kepala Kepolisian RI
Markas Besar Kepolisian RI Jl.
Trunojoyo 13
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
Telegrams: General Kunarto, Kepala
Kepolisian RI, Jakarta, Indonesia
3. Personal Secretary to Jakarta Chief of
Sespri Kapolda Jaya Dear Letkol Tryono S.
Letkol Tryono S.
Markus Besar Kepolisian Jaya
Jakarta, Indonesia
Telegrams: Sespri Kapolda Jaya, Kepala
Kepolisian RI, Jakarta, Indonesia
4. Director General of Corrections:
Prof Dr Baharuddin Lopa Dear Sir
Department of Justice
Jl. Veteran No. 11, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia
Telegrams: Director General of
Corrections, Justice
Department, Jakarta, Indonesia
Faxes: + 62 21 32 1625
Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation:
Yayasan Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Indonesia
Jl. Diponegoro 74
Jakarta 10320, Indonesia
Jakarta Post (newspaper)
PO Box 85
Jakarta 11001, Indonesia
Faxes: + 62 21 549 2685
and to diplomatic representatives of Indonesia in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section
office, if sending appeals after 21 January 1992.

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