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Further information on UA 198/94 (ASA 21/12/94, 23 May; and follow-ups ASA 21/15/94, 2 June and ASA 21/23/94, 20 June) - Indonesia / East Timor: fear of torture / arbitrary detention: Jose Antonio Neves, Antonio Soares, Anibal, Isaac Soares (note full nam

, N° d'index: ASA 21/026/1994

Three of the East Timorese activists, Isaac Soares, Miguel de Deus and Pantaleao Amaral, have now been sentenced to 20 months' imprisonment for their part in staging a demonstration during a visit to East Timor by foreign journalists in April 1994. Reportedly the three were not accompanied by legal counsel either during interrogation or their trial. Amnesty International considers that the three, and all those named above, are prisoners of conscience and is calling for their immediate and unconditional release.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 21/26/94
Distr: UA/SC
27 June 1994
Further information on UA 198/94 (ASA 21/12/94, 23 May 1994) - and follow-ups
(ASA 21/15/94, 2 June; ASA 21/23/94, 20 June) - Fear of torture / arbitrary
detention
INDONESIA/EAST TIMORJose Antonio Neves {held in Malang, East Java}
Antonio Soares {now released}
Anibal ]
Isaac Soares (note full name) ] Detained
Lucas Tilman dos Santos ] in
Marcos ] East
Miguel de Deus (note full name) ] Timor
Nuno de Andrade Sarmento Corvelho ]
Octaviano ]
Pantaleão Amaral (note full name) ]
Pedro Fatima Tilman ]
Rosalino ]
Rui Fernandes ]
Three of the East Timorese activists named above, Isaac Soares, Miguel de Deus
and Pantaleão Amaral have now been sentenced to 20 months' imprisonment for
their part in staging a demonstration during a visit to East Timor by foreign
journalists in April 1994. A spokesman for the court in Dili, capital of East
Timor, told the press that on 23 June the three were found guilty of "expressing
anti-Indonesia sentiments in front of the public on April 14". According to
reports, the three were not accompanied by legal counsel, either during
interrogation or during their trial.
Amnesty International considers that the three, and all those named above,
are prisoners of conscience. It urges the Indonesian Government to release
them immediately and unconditionally.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters in English or your own language:
- expressing concern that three East Timorese, Isaac Soares, Miguel de Deus
and Pantaleão Amaral, have been sentenced to 20-month prison sentences for
participating in a peaceful demonstration during a visit by foreign journalists
to East Timor in April;
- expressing further concern that the defendants have been tried in
contravention of both Indonesian and international law, including by being
denied access to legal counsel of their own choosing;
- urging the Indonesian Government to immediately release all those detained
solely for peaceful political activities.
APPEALS TO:
MINISTER OF JUSTICE
Haji Utoyo Usman S.H.
Menteri Kehakiman
Jl. Rasuna Said Kav. 6-7
Kuningan
Jakarta Selatan
Indonesia
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Faxes: +62 21 3141 625
Telexes: 44404 ditjenim ia
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Jakarta, Indonesia
Dear Minister Utoyo Usman
MILITARY COMMANDER REGION IX
(covers Bali, Lombok and Nusa Tenggara including East Timor)
Brigadier-General R. Adang Ruchiatna
Pangdam
Markas Besar KODAM IX Udayana
Denpasar
Bali, Indonesia
Telegrams: Pangdam IX/Udayana, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Salutation: Dear Brigadier-General Adang Ruchiatna
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Lt. Gen. (Ret) Ali Said
Chairman, National Commission on Human Rights
c/o Directorat Jenderal Pemasyarakatan
Jl. Veteran No. 11
Jakarta Pusat
Indonesia
Faxes: +62 21 3141 625 (c/o Ministry of Justice)
and to diplomatic representatives of Indonesia/East Timor accredited to your
country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 9 August 1994.

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