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East Timor: Further information on possible arbitrary arrest / fear of torture or ill-treatment: Rui Campus

, N° d'index: ASA 21/039/1998

Rui Campus, a 20-year-old East Timorese student who was arrested in late January, remains in incommunicado detention. It is thought that he has been transferred to another detention centre in Los Palos following unsuccessful attempts by human rights monitors to make contact with him. AI is concerned that he may be at risk of torture or ill-treatment.

PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 21/39/98
23 April 1998
Further information on Extra 19/98 (ASA 21/18/98, 4 March 1998) - Possible
arbitrary arrest / Fear of torture or ill-treatment
EAST TIMOR Rui Campus, aged 20, student
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of Rui Campus who it is
believed is still detained in incommunicado military custody where he remains
at risk of torture or ill-treatment.
Rui Campus was arrested in his home village of Asalainu, Los Palos, in late
January 1998. It is likely that he was first detained at Mes Gula, the Los
Palos headquarters of the Indonesian Special Forces Command, Kopassus. He
is now thought to have been transferred to Laruara detention centre, also a
Kopassus centre, in Los Palos following unsuccessful attempts by human rights
monitors to make contact with him.
The arrest of Rui Campus is thought to be linked to an incident in his village
a couple of days earlier in which he tried to defend the village head from
being hit by Kopassus troops.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail
letters in Bahasa Indonesia or English or in your own language:
- urging the authorities to provide information concerning the exact charges
against Rui Campus or, if he is not to be charged with a recognisably criminal
offence, that he be released;
- requesting the authorities to provide information concerning his whereabouts;
- seeking assurances that he will not be subjected to torture or ill-treatment
while in detention;
- urging the authorities to permit him access to members of his family,
independent legal counsel and to medical professionals while in custody.
Please note: fax tones to Indonesia can be very difficult to obtain
Maj. Gen. Muchdi P.R.
Panglima Kopassus
Markas Besar ABRI
Jakarta Timur
Telegrams: Major Gen Muchdi, Panglima Kopassus, Jakarta, Indonesia
Salutation: Dear Major General Muchdi
Ali Alatas S.H.
Menteri Luar Negeri
Jl. Medan Taman Pejambon No.6
Faxes: + 62 21 360 517 /21 380 5511 /21 345 7782 /21 360 541 /21 724
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 20 May 1998.

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