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Indonesia: Arbitrary detention: Yusfiq Hadjar, human rights activist, French national, Mindo Rajagukguk, human rights activist, Neti, trade unionist and two others

, N° d'index: ASA 21/056/1995

Five people, including one foreign national, were arrested on 22 November in Jakarta. AI is concerned that the five appear to have been arbitrarily detained and that their arrest is an attack on peaceful human rights activities.

EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 21/56/95
EXTRA 145/95 Arbitrary Detention 22 November 1995
INDONESIAYusfiq Hadjar, human rights activist, French national
Mindo Rajagukguk, human rights activist
Neti, trade unionist
and two others
Five people, including one foreign national, were arrested on 22 November 1995
in Jakarta. Amnesty International is concerned that the five appear to have
been arbitrarily detained and that their arrest is an attack on peaceful human
rights activities.
The five, Indonesian human rights activist Mindo Rajagukguk, French national
human rights and pro-democracy activist, Yusfiq Hadjar, Neti, a labour activist
with independent trade union, Serikat Buruh Sejahtera Indonesia (SBSI), and
two others whose names are not known, were arrested by police around 2pm in
Jakarta. It is believed that the five were arrested after observing the trial
of former politician Sri Bintang Pamungkas. They left the court, had lunch
in a restaurant together, and were apparently arrested after leaving the
restaurant. They are believed to have been taken first to a police station
in Sawah Besar, Jakarta, and then transferred to the Police Area Command in
Central Jakarta where they are currently being questioned by the police. It
is not known whether they will be charged and they are believed to have been
arrested without warrants. Independent lawyers are currently attempting to
meet with them.
It is thought that the five were arrested because of the presence of Yusfiq
Hadjar who is known as a human rights and political activist. Amnesty
International is concerned that the five appear to have been arbitrarily
detained for the peaceful exercise of their freedom of association.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Restrictions on freedom of speech and association have continued during 1995
with human rights, pro-democracy and labour activists and journalists
frequently being the target of arbitrary arrest and imprisonment. Politician
Sri Bintang Pamungkas is currently being tried in Jakarta for allegedly
insulting the president, an offence which is punishable with a maximum prison
sentence of six years. The accusation against him is that he insulted the
president while attending seminars and a demonstration in Hannover, Germany,
in April concerning human rights violations in Indonesia and East Timor. Amnesty
International has called on the Indonesian Government to drop the charges
against Sri Bintang Pamungkas. If convicted, Amnesty International would
consider him a prisoner of conscience.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please telephone or send
telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail letters in Bahasa Indonesia, English
or your own language:
- urging the Indonesian Government to clarify the charges against Mindo
Rajagukguk, Neti, Yusfiq Hadjar and the two others;
- urging the government to release the five unless they are to be charged with
a recognizably criminal offence;
- urging the authorities to ensure that they are guaranteed access to lawyers
of their own choice;
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- urging the authorities to ensure that individuals are not subjected to
arbitrary detention as a result of their peaceful activities in defence of
human rights.
APPEALS TO:
CHIEF OF NATIONAL POLICE
Maj. Gen (Pol.) Banurusman Atmosumitro
Kapolri
Markas Besar Kepolisian RI
Jl. Trunojoyo 13
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 21 721 8000
Telegrams: National Police Chief, Jakarta, Indonesia
Salutation: Dear Maj. Gen. (Pol.) Banurusman Atmosumitro
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Ali Alatas S.H.
Menteri Luar Negeri
Jl. Medan Taman Pejambon No.6
Jakarta, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 21 345 6014
Telegrams: Foreign Minister, Jakarta, Indonesia
Faxes: +62 21 345 0517 / 360 517
Telexes: 44205; 44469 deplu jkt
Salutation: Dear Minister Alatas
COPIES TO:
SECRETARY GENERAL, NATIONAL COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Prof. Dr. Baharuddin Lopa
Sekretaris Jenderal, Komisi Nasional Hak Azasi Manusia (Komnas HAM)
Jl. Pemuda No. 104
Arawamangun
Jakarta Timur, 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 22 December 1995.

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