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Indonesia: Further information on fear of ill-treatment / medical concern / ill-treatment / excessive use of force:

, N° d'index: ASA 21/088/1997

Antonio Viegas, Albino Bareto, Natalina de Araujo (f) and at least two other students; new names: Bernadino Simao, Silverio Batista Ximenes, Juvinal dos Santos, Vicente Marcos da Cruz, Fransisco de Deus and Domingos da Silva, all students: these six students would still be in police custody and are facing charges in connection with the disturbance at the University of East Timor in Dili on 14 November 1997. The others are thought to have been released. These five students have been shot and wounded in a confrontation with Indonesian police in Dili. They have been taken to a military hospital. AI is concerned that they may be at risk of further ill-treatment.

EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 21/88/97
26 November 1997
Further information on Extra 155/97 (ASA 21/86/97, 14 November 1997) - Fear
of ill-treatment/Medical Concern/Ill-treatment/Excessive use of force
EAST TIMORAntonio Viegas, 24, student ]thought
Albino Bareto, 24, student (previously Barros) ]to have
Natalina de Araujo [f], student ]been
And at least two other students (names unknown) ]released
New NamesBernadino Simao, student
Silverio Batista Ximenes, student
Juvinal dos Santos, student
Vicente Marcos da Cruz, student
Fransisco de Deus, student
Domingos da Silva, student
There are believed to be six students remaining in police custody who, it is
understood, are facing charges in connection with the disturbance at the
University of East Timor in Dili, on 14 November 1997.
The six in police custody are Bernadino Simao, Silverio Batista Ximenes, Juvinal
dos Santos, Vicente Marcos da Cruz, Fransisco de Deus and Domingos da Silva.
Earlier reports stated that up to 11 students had been taken into custody,
though the total number of people arrested is not clear. The University of
East Timor has reported that three other students, also believed to have been
arrested, remain missing, but Amnesty International cannot confirm they are
in custody.
Five students wounded in the disturbances and two members of the security forces
were treated in Dili’s military hospital, Wirahusada. At least three of the
students and possibly all five are now thought to have been released. The
students were denied access to representatives of the International Committee
of the Red Cross (ICRC) during the first 24 hours in custody at the military
hospital.
On 24 November, Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights, (Komnas HAM),
announced findings of a preliminary inquiry into the incident. The Commission
stated that it believed no one had died as a result of the incident but condemned
the use of violence by the security forces in dealing with the students. Komnas
HAM stated “students suffered gunshot wounds, their teeth were smashed, faces
swollen and bruised as a result of being hit by blunt objects” (Reuters, 24
November 1997).
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail
letters in Bahasa Indonesia, English, or in your own language:
- seeking clarification concerning the charges against Bernadino Simao,
Silverio Batista Ximenes, Juvinal dos Santos, Vicente Marcos da Cruz, Fransisco
de Deus and Domingos da Silva, remaining in police custody since 14 November
1997;
- urging the authorities to ensure that they be granted regular and unhindered
access to independent lawyers;
- calling on the authorities to act on the Indonesian National Commission on
Human Rights, (Komnas HAM) investigation into the incident to ensure that
members of the security forces believed to be responsible for use of excessive
force are brought to justice.
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APPEALS TO:
COMMANDER OF THE ARMED FORCES (ABRI)
General Feisal Tanjung
Panglima ABRI
Markas Besar ABRI
Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No 13
Jakarta Timur
Indonesia
Telegrams: Markas Besar ABRI, Jakarta Timur, Indonesia
Faxes: + 62 21 345 0918 (working 25/11/97) (c/o Coordinating Minister
for Security and Political Affairs - ask for your fax to be forwarded)
Salutation: Dear General
It can be difficult to send faxes to Indonesia. If you are unable to obtain
a fax tone you may fax, instead, the Indonesian Embassy in your country
requesting that they forward it on to the address above as a matter of urgency.
COPIES TO:
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Ali Alatas S.H.
Menteri Luar Negeri
Jl. Medan Taman Pejambon No.6
Jakarta
Indonesia
Faxes: + 62 21 380 5511 / 724 5354 (working 25/11/97)
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 24 December 1997.

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