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Indonesia and East Timor: Update on the 12 November protests

, Index number: ASA 21/056/1994

This report updates a report published on 15 November 1994 (ASA 21/53/94, Indonesia and East Timor: The 12 November protests). Since then, the group of 29 East Timorese who entered the US Embassy compound on 12 November have accepted the Portugese Government's offer of asylum and have left Indonesia. The whereabouts of some 35 others, detained by security forces on 21 November, remain uncertain. There is also uncertainty about the number, identity and whereabouts of those detained in Dili since 12 November. Official sources claimed that 30 East Timorese were being held to face trial on 23 November 1994. However, AI has obtained a list of 125 people detained between 12-14 November and is seeking clarification of their wherabouts. In view of evidence of ill-treatment of some protestors in Dili, there is concern for the safety of those detained. AI is also concerned that some of them may be prisoners of conscience.

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