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Indonesia: Further information on fear for safety / possible prisoners of conscience / torture / medical concern / prisoner of conscience

, Index number: ASA 21/064/1996

Released: Hendrik Dikson Sirait, aged 24 student activist, Abadi Halawa, student, Ganda Manurung, student, Freddy Manurung, student, Mangasi, student, Simson Simanjuntak, student, Ronald Naibaho, student, Parlindungan Sibuea, Benny Sumardi (previously listed as Benny S), Budi Pratong, Syamsul Bachri, 28 alleged PRD activists in Bali: Thirty-nine people arrested in the past weeks for their alleged involvement in the disturbances in Jakarta on 27 and 28 July have been released from detention. Some of them were released on bail and are still facing charges. It seems that others are being questioned as witnesses in relation to other cases.

EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 21/64/96
13 September 1996
Further information (5) on UA 198/96 (ASA 21/55/96, 10 September) and follow-ups
ASA 21/58/96, 12 August; ASA 21/59/96, 14 August; ASA 21/61/96, 16 August;
ASA 21/62/96, 19 August - Fear for safety / possible prisoners of conscience
/ torture / medical concern / prisoner of conscience
INDONESIA
released: Hendrik Dikson Sirait
Abadi Halawa
Ganda Manurung
Freddy Manurung
Mangasi
Simson Simanjuntak
Ronald Naibaho
Parlindungan Sibuea
Benny Sumardi (previously listed as Benny S)
Budi Pratong
Syamsul Bachri
28 alleged PRD activists in Bali
Thirty-nine people arrested in the past weeks for their alleged involvement
in the disturbances in Jakarta on 27 and 28 July have been released from
detention. Of the 39, at least three are still facing charges under the
Anti-subversion law, while others face charges under the Indonesian Criminal
Code.
The 28 alleged PRD activists arrested in Bali on 7 August were released the
same day, although 11 of them were called back for questioning. It is not clear
if they are facing charges themselves, or are being questioned as witnesses
in relation to other cases.
The seven (six students and one other) who were arrested in Medan, North Sumatra
on 6 August, Abadi Halawa, Ganda Manurung, Freddy Manurung, Mangasi, Simson
Simanjuntak, Ronald Naibaho and Parlindugan Sibuea, were all released on 9
August.
Benny Sumardi, the owner of the house in which Budiman Sujatmiko and other
members of the Partai Rakyat Demokratik (PRD) had been hiding, was released
on 21 August. Benny Sumardi has to report to the police twice a week and is
still facing charges of harbouring criminals.
Budi Pratono and Syamsul Bachri were released on bail on 21 August. Both are
still facing charges under the Anti-subversion law.
Hendrik Dikson Sirait was released on bail on 26 August. He has to report
regularly to the police and is still facing charges.
Nyonya B Veronica Sembiring, female, who was released on 15 August (see follow-up
to UA 198/96, ASA 21/62/96, 19 August) is also still facing charges relating
to the possession of ammnunition.
A total of 183 people have been arrested or summoned for questioning since
the raid on the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) on 27 July and subsequent
disturbances on 27 and 28 July. At least 33 of the 183 are still being detained.
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Amnesty International considers most, if not all, of these people to be prisoners
of conscience.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express or airmail
letters in Bahasa Indonesia or English or in your own language:
- welcoming the fact that the above 39 individuals are no longer held in
detention, but calling for the charges against all those who were held solely
because of their peaceful beliefs or activities to be dropped;
- calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all other detainees
who are being held solely for their peaceful activities;
- requesting guarantees that none of the 33 people still held will be subjected
to ill-treatment or torture;
- asking the authorities to ensure that all the detainees are given access
to independent lawyers of their own choosing and to their families.
APPEALS TO:
Minister of Justice
Haji Utoyo Usman S.H.
Menteri Kehkiman
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. 6-7
Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
Faxes: + 6221 525 3095
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Jakarta, Indonesia
Salutation: Dear Minister Usman
Chief of National Police
Lt. Gen. Dibyo Widodo
Kapolri
Markas Besar Kepolisian RI
Jl. Trunojoyo 13
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
Telegrams: Chief of National Police, Jakarta, Indonesia
Salutation: Dear Lt.Gen. Dibyo Widodo
COPIES TO:
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ali Alatas S.H.
Menteri Luar Negeri
Jl Medan Taman Pejambon No 6
Jakarta, Indonesia
Faxes: + 6221 380 5511/345 7782
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 October 1996.

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