EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 34/02/93
11 May 1993
Further information on UA 86/93 (ASA 34/01/93, 25 March 1993) - Fear of
PAPUA NEW GUINEA/BOUGAINVILLE:Ken Savia
Ken Savia, one of three men who "disappeared" after being detained by the Papua
New Guinea (PNG) security forces on 13 and 14 February 1993, has reportedly
been killed in custody. Reports of his death have heightened fears for the
safety of the other two men, whose whereabouts remain unknown.
To date Amnesty International has been unable to establish the precise
circumstances of Ken Savia's death. The PNG government has refused to confirm
or deny it, although they have acknowledged his arrest. A question asked in
the PNG parliament on 10 March seeking clarification of Ken Savia's fate or
whereabouts has yet to be answered.
Amnesty International is calling upon the PNG government to conduct a thorough
and impartial investigation into the circumstances of Ken Savia's death and
to make the findings of such an investigation public.
The whereabouts of the two others arrested with Ken Savia, Mr Toromura and
Gabriel Tameung, remain unknown. One report, still unconfirmed, suggests that
they too may have been killed as a result of torture. Amnesty International
remains gravely concerned for their safety and is urging the government to
clarify immediately their fate or whereabouts.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters either in English or in your own language:
- expressing deep regret at the death of Ken Savia while in military custody
and grave concern about the continued "disappearance" of Mr Toromura and Gabriel
Tameung following their arrest in February 1993;
- urging the government to act immediately to make known the fate or whereabouts
of Mr Toromura and Gabriel Tameung and to release them immediately if they
remain in custody and are not to be charged with a recognizable criminal offence;
- calling upon the PNG government to conduct a thorough and impartial
investigation into the circumstances of Ken Savia's death and to make the
findings of such an investigation public;