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Indonesia/East Timor: Fear for safety/'Disappearance'

, N° d'index: ASA 21/033/1999

Mateus Araujo, Alvaro, Daniel, Marcelino, Jorge, Bernadino, Felis, Marcal, Abilio, Alvaro. Amnesty International is seriously concerned for the safety of a group of at least 10 people, including those named above, who "disappeared" after they were abducted by paramilitaries in the town of Suai, about 100 kilometres south of the capital, Dili. The organisation is concerned for the safety of all supporters of East Timorese independence in the area.

PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 21/33/99
23 April 1999
UA 88/99 Fear for safety/”Disappearance”
EAST TIMORMateus Araujo
Alvaro
Daniel
Marcelino
Jorge
Bernadino
Felis
Marcal
Abilio
Alvaro
Amnesty International is seriously concerned for the safety of a group of at
least 10 people, including those named above, who “disappeared” after they
were abducted by paramilitaries in the town of Suai, about 100 kilometres south
of the capital, Dili. The organisation is concerned for the safety of all
supporters of East Timorese independence in the area.
The 10 names appear on a list of people captured by the paramilitary group
Laksaur Merah Putih in an operation that began on 19 April 1999. Two were
kidnapped from their homes, six as they were catching a plane to Dili and two
others as they were driving around. ‘Abilio’ is believed to be Abilio Pires,
known to have been captured and killed by the paramilitaries.
According to reports, there are still hundreds of Laksaur Merah Putih
paramilitaries on the streets of Suai. The paramilitaries are reported to be
threatening to kill supporters of independence in the town.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Paramilitary groups have carried out attacks in several towns in East Timor,
including Liquisa where they killed at least 18 and possibly many more East
Timorese on 6 April. Seven more people have reportedly been killed in Liquisa
since then.
Since 17 April at least 13 people and possibly many more are believed to have
been killed in Dili by a paramilitary force of over 1000 that arrived in the
town the day before. The situation in Dili remains tense and paramilitary units
are still visible on the streets. Supporters of independence and human rights
monitors, many of whom have gone into hiding, are still at risk of arrest or
violent attacks.
The Indonesian authorities say they have arrested 15 members of paramilitary
units for their involvement in attacks since 17 April.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in Bahasa Indonesia or English or in your own language:
- expressing grave concern at the reported “disappearance” of at least 10 people
captured by paramilitaries in Suai and urging the authorities to immediately
take action to find and disclose their whereabouts;
-urging the authorities to launch a full investigation into death of Abilio
Pires;
- urging the authorities to take immediate measures to ensure the safety of
all supporters of independence in Suai and elsewhere in East Timor;
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-urging the authorities to disarm and disband all paramilitary units.
APPEALS TO:
MINISTER OF DEFENSE AND SECURITY
Gen. Wiranto
Menteri Pertahanan dan Keamanan
Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No.13-14
Jakarta 10110
Indonesia
Fax: + 62 21 381 4535/384 5178
Salutation: Dear Minister
PRESIDENT
President Jusuf Habibie
Presiden RI
Istana Negara
Jl. Veteran
Jakarta Pusat
Indonesia
Fax: + 62 21 526 8726/ 380 5511/ 345 7782 (via Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Telex: 44283 BIGRA IA; 44469 DEPLU IA
Telegram: President Habibie, Jakarta, Indonesia
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 4 June 1999.

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