EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 21/82/96
UA 279/96 Fear of torture / Possible prisoners of conscience28 November 1996
EAST TIMORAgustino Ximenes
and four other youths (names unknown)
Amnesty International has received a report that five East Timorese youths
were arrested by the security forces on 6 November 1996 in the East Timorese
town of Viqueque. The organization fears that the five may be facing
ill-treatment or torture in detention. This fear is increased because their
whereabouts remain unknown.
Agustino Ximenes and the other four unnamed youths were arrested by members
of Kopassus (Special Forces Command). It is believed that the five were arrested
because they had information about the killing of two East Timorese, Jacinto
de Jesus and Luis Ximenes, by members of KOSTRAD (Army Strategic Reserve Command)
on 19 September 1996, and had made this information public. The two were
reportedly shot by the military as they were checked at the border between
the regions of Baucau and Viqueque. Indonesia's National Commission for Human
Rights is carrying out an investigation into the killings.
Amnesty International is concerned that the five may be prisoners of conscience
arrested solely for the peaceful expression of their views.
East Timorese taken into military and police custody continue to be at risk
of torture and ill-treatment, particularly during interrogation. Detainees
are often denied access to legal counsel and their families which increases
this risk. Safeguards against the use of torture and other violations of
detainee's rights provided for under Indonesia's Code of Criminal Procedure
are often ignored by the military and the police.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail
letters in Bahasa Indonesia, English or your own language:
- asking for the names of the four youths arrested with Agustino Ximenes and
for details of the whereabouts and exact charges against all five detainees;
- calling for all possible measures to be taken to ensure the safety of the
detainees, including allowing them access to the International Committee of
the Red Cross, lawyers and their families;
- calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Agustino Ximenes and
the other four detainees, unless they are charged with a recognisable criminal
offence under existing laws.
Military Commander Region IX/Udayana
Maj Gen Rivai
Markas Besar KODAM IX/Udayana
Telegrams: Pangdam IX, Udayana, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Salutation: Dear Major General Rivai
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ali Alatas S.H.