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Indonesia: Further information on fear of torture

, Index number: ASA 21/080/1997

Constancio dos Santos, Jojo dos Santos, Francisco Caldeira, Eduardo - possibly called Jose Ximenes: believed to be detained in Dili; Joaquim Santana, Ivo Miranda, Domingos Natalino Coelho da Silva, Fernando [Fernao] Lebre - previously Lere, Nuno dos Santos: believed to be detained in Semarang; Germano Lebre, Julio Santana and Soares, not thought to be in detention: The individuals detained in Dili and Semarang are reportedly being subjected to ill-treatment and torture including electric shocks. Amnesty International is also concerned that the detainees are experiencing restrictions concerning access to independent legal counsel. It is believed that one of the five above-named men detained in Semarang has been released due to lack of evidence.

EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 21/80/97
14 October 1997
Further information on UA 303/97 (ASA 21/75/97, 18 September 1997) and follow-up
(ASA 21/77/97, 26 September) - Fear of torture
EAST TIMORConstancio dos Santos }
Jojo dos Santos }believed to be
Francisco Caldeira }detained in
Eduardo - possibly called Jose Ximenes }Dili
Joaquim Santana }
Ivo Miranda }believed to be
Domingos Natalino Coelho da Silva }detained in Fernando [Fernão]
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At least four East Timorese, detained in Dili, the capital of East Timor, and
another four, detained in Semarang, are reportedly being subjected to
ill-treatment and torture including electric shocks. One source also alleged
that Constancio dos Santos has suffered the severance of two of his fingers.
This follows their arrest in connection with their alleged possession of
explosives in September 1997.
Amnesty International is also concerned that the detainees are experiencing
restrictions concerning access to independent legal counsel and have instead
been assigned lawyers by the authorities. Human rights lawyers acting on behalf
of Domingos Natalino Coelho da Silva were refused access to him by police on
the grounds that all the men already had legal representation.
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It is believed that one of the five above-named men thought be held in Semarang
has been released due to lack of evidence. However, it is not clear which
of the five this is.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail
letters in Bahasa Indonesia or English or in your own language:
- urging the authorities to ensure that all eight remaining in custody are
given regular and continuing access to human rights lawyers, their families
and to humanitarian assistance;
- seeking assurances that the detainees are being protected from torture or
ill-treatment and that the allegations of torture and ill-treatment are
independently and thoroughly investigated.
APPEALS TO:
Chief of National Police
Lt. Gen. Dibyo Widodo
Kapolri
Markas Besar Kepolisian RI
Jl. Trunojoyo 13
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan
Indonesia
Telegrams: Kapolri, Jakarta, Indonesia
Faxes: + 62 21 720 7277
Salutation: Dear Lieutenant-General
COPIES TO:
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ali Alatas SH
Menteri Luar Negeri
Jl Medan Taman Pejambon No 6
Jakarta
Indonesia
Faxes: + 62 21 724 5354
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 November 1997.

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