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Sri Lanka: Further information on fear for safety / fear of torture

, Index number: ASA 37/028/1997

T A D J Thenuwara, L Sunil Perera, M H R Pushpakumara, Mahinda Dias, J A J Jayakody, A W M Mustapha, R Yugathanathan (crew members from the ship Misen); A R Nisam Deen, village headman; Abdul Cader, F M Sajith Khan, F M Siraj, A M Anis, F Rizal, J A Manaff, A H Shafeek, A F Fouzul Ameen, K F Noufeek, R Mufas, F Mujoob Deen, P M Mohamed, A Roufeek, Y Joufeer, M Anvar, F A Ali Khan, E D Dhanapala, E D Siriwardene, R V Prematilleke: The remaining 20 above-named people taken hostage by members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in early July 1997, were released on 21 November 1997. Concern remain for the safety of the seven crew members who have been in the custody of the LTTE since 1 July.

EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 37/28/97
26 November 1997
Further information on UA 210/97 (ASA 37/18/97, 14 July 1997) and follow-up
(ASA 37/19/97, 16 July 1997 and ASA 37/26/97, 30 October 1997) - Fear for safety
/ Fear of torture
SRI LANKAT A D J Thenuwara
L Sunil Perera
M H R Pushpakumara
Mahinda Dias
J A J Jayakody
A W M Mustapha
R Yugathanathan - crew Members from the ship Misen
A R Nisam Deen, village headman
Abdul Cader, aged 45
F M Sajith Khan, 19-year-old student
F M Siraj, 16-year-old student
A M Anis (15)
F Rizal (14)
J A Manaff
A H Shafeek
A F Fouzul Ameen
K F Noufeek
R Mufas
F Mujoob Deen
P M Mohamed
A Roufeek
Y Joufeer
M Anvar
F A Ali Khan
E D Dhanapala
E D Siriwardene
R V Prematilleke - villagers of Irakkakandy
Amnesty International has learned that the remaining 20 above-named people
from Irakkakandy, taken hostage by members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eelam (LTTE) in early July 1997, were released on 21 November 1997.
The organization understands they were handed over by the LTTE to
representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and
have since rejoined their families.
Concern remains for the safety of the seven crew members of the Misen ship,
who have been in the custody of the LTTE since 1 July. To date, their relatives
have not received any news concerning them, nor have representatives of the
ICRC reportedly gained access to the prisoners.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail
letters in English or in your own language:
- welcoming the release of the remaining 20 villagers of Irakkakandy who had
been held hostage by the LTTE since the beginning of July 1997;
- urging that the seven crew of the Misen be given immediate access to the
International Committee of the Red Cross, treated humanely and given the
opportunity to communicate with their relatives as required under relevant
international humanitarian standards.
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APPEALS TO:
1. Mr V. Manoharan
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
International House
Eelam House
202 Long Lane
London SE1 4QB, United Kingdom
Telegrams: LTTE, 202 Long Lane, London, SE1
Faxes: + 44 171 403 1653
Salutation: Mr V. Manoharan
Salutation for addresses listed below: Dear Sir/Madam
2. Tamil Co-ordinating Committee
341, rue des Pyrenees
75020 Paris, France
Telegrams: Tamil Committee, 341 rue des Pyrenees, 75020 Paris, France
Faxes: + 33 1 435 81191 (may get a wait signal, “attendez s’il vous plaît”)
3. World Tamil Movement
64, Eaton Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4J 2Z5, Canada
5.Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
P.O. Box 47
7600 Struer, Denmark
4.World Tamil Coordinating Council
Gold Gasse - 8
7000 Chur, Switzerland
6. Tamil Coordinating Committee
P.O. Box 1699 Vika
0110 Oslo 1, Norway
7. Tamil Coordinating Committee
P.O. Box 694, Mulgrave North
Victoria 3170, Australia
8. Tamil Confederation - Germany
P.O. Box 340251
5270 Gummersbach 34, Germany
9. Tamil Coordinating Committee
Groot Hertoginnelaan 106
2517 EL Den Haag, The Netherlands
COPIES TO: other Tamil organizations in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 7 January 1998.

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