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East Timor: Possible "disappearance" / fear for safety

, Index number: ASA 21/082/1997

Julio Soares da Silva: The individual above-named has not been seen since around 17 September 1997 when he was arrested by unindentified men believed to be from military intelligence. Amnesty International is deeply concerned for his safety.

EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 21/82/97
UA 327/97 Possible “disappearance” / Fear for safety 21 October 1997
EAST TIMORJulio Soares da Silva, aged 27 or 28, bank employee
Amnesty International has learned that Julio Soares da Silva has not been seen
since around 17 September 1997 when he was arrested by unidentified men believed
to be from military intelligence. The organization is deeply concerned for
his safety.
Julio Soares da Silva’s wife, Alexandrina Martins, told the Indonesian
newspaper, Kompas, that four men arrived in a jeep at the couple’s house in
Gleno, Ermera district, and talked to her husband. When they left they took
him with them but gave no reason why. Since then Alexandrina has been trying
to find her husband.
The Indonesia National Commission on Human Rights in Dili is reportedly in
touch with the security forces and representatives from the local government
in an attempt to locate Julio Soares da Silva. However his whereabouts remain
Julio Soares da Silva is an employee with the Bank Pembangunan Daerah in Ermera.
Unacknowledged or incommunicado detention and “disappearances” continue in
East Timor, in particular of individuals who are believed to be connected with
the armed resistance. The risk of torture, ill-treatment and “disappearance”
is especially high for those denied access to independent lawyers and their
families. The authorities often deny that certain individuals are in custody
or fail to provide information about their whereabouts.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/express/airmail letters in Bahasa
Indonesia or English or your own language:
- calling on the authorities to clarify the whereabouts of Julio Soares da
Silva, as a matter of urgency;
- urging that, if in detention, he be granted immediate and continuing access
to independent lawyers and his family, and protection from torture or
- urging that, if in detention, he be immediately released if he is not to
be promptly charged with a recognisably criminal offence.
Commander of the Armed Forces (ABRI)
General Feisal Tanjung
Panglima ABRI
Markas Besar ABRI
Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat no 13
Jakarta Timur
Telegrams: Panglima ABRI, Jakarta, Indonesia
Salutation: Dear General
(covers Bali, Lombok, Nusa Tenggara and East Timor)
Maj Gen Rivai
Pangdam IX/Udayana
Markas Besar KODAM IX/Udayana
Denpasar, Bali
Telegrams: Pangdam IX, Udayana, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Salutation: Dear Major General
Alex Refialy, SH
Komnas HAM
Jalan Dr Antonio de Carvalho
Dili Timor Timur
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 6 December 1997.

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