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Malaysia: Further information on fear of forcible refoulement of Acehnese asylum-seekers / fear of excessive use of force during repatriation of asylum-seekers and immigrants / medical and health concerns

, N° d'index: ASA 28/011/1998

Ishak Daud, Iqlil Hyas Leube, Zahizi Tengku Ubaidullah, Musanna Tengku Abdul Wahab, Muhammad Diah Badai, Burhan Syamaun, Syahrul Syamaun, Ali, Effendi and A Qader Hasan: Iqlil Hyas Leube, Zahizi Tengku Ubaidullah, Musanna Tengku Abdul Wahab and Muhammad Diah Badai were reportedly released without charge on or around 4 April. Their identity cards have been confiscated though the authorities have assured they will be issued with new ones. Concern remains for the safety of at least 500 Acehnese who remain in incommunicado detention at Rancung military detention camp in Lhokseumawe.

PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 28/11/98
9 April 1998
Further information on EXTRA 23/98 (ASA 28/06/98, 27 March 1998) and follow-up
(ASA 28/07/98, 31 March 1998) - Fear of forcible refoulement of Acehnese
asylum-seekers / Fear of excessive use of force during repatriation of
asylum-seekers and immigrants / Medical and health concerns / Incommunicado
detention / Fear of torture
MALAYSIA/INDONESIAIshak Daud, member of Acehnese Refugee Committee in Malaysia
(ARCM)
Iqlil Hyas Leube, ARCM member
Zahizi Tengku Ubaidullah
Musanna Tengku Abdul Wahab
Muhammad Diah Badai
Burhan Syamaun, member of the Aceh/Sumatra National
Liberation Front
Syahrul Syamaun
Ali
Effendi
A Qader Hasan
Four of the above-named Acehnese have been released by the Malaysian
authorities. Fears remain, however, that they may still be at risk of
repatriation to Indonesia.
Iqlil Hyas Leube, Zahizi Tengku Ubaidullah, Musanna Tengku Abdul Wahab and
Muhammad Diah Badai detained at Rawang police station in Selangor State, were
reportedly released on or around 4 April. Their identity cards, which grant
them special permission to remain in Malaysia, have been confiscated though
the authorities have assured they will be issued with new ones. They are
apparently under instructions to report again to the police and are not believed
to have been charged with any offence.
The fate and whereabouts of the remaining six Achehnese men, named above, are
still unknown.
Concern remains for the safety of at least 500 Acehnese who remain in
incommunicado detention at Rancung military detention camp in Lhokseumawe,
Indonesia, since their arrival in the country. The detainees are still being
denied access to human rights lawyers while they undergo a screening process
by the military. According to a report in the Jakarta Post an Indonesian
military source has been quoted as saying that 50 members of the group are
believed to have links to the outlawed separatist movement Aceh Merdeka.
Amnesty International continues to receive reports of Acehnese being treated
in Indonesian hospitals for injuries suffered during the deportation. A number
are said to have had limbs amputated because of gunshot wounds.
On 30 March the Jakarta Post reported that Muladi, the Indonesian Minister
of Justice, had stated that the deaths of Indonesians during the deportation
operation conducted by the Malaysian authorities on 26 March constituted a
“violation of human rights”. The Indonesian authorities are known, however,
to have collaborated closely with the Malaysian government in preparation for
the repatriation and to have sent Indonesian naval vessels to the Malaysian
ports to transport the deportees back to Aceh.
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Please continue action as specified in original UA taking into account the
latest information. In addition please send telegrams/express/airmail letters
in English or in your own language: (To the Malaysian government):
- urging the authorities not to repatriate any Acehnese with special leave
to remain in Malaysia;
- continuing to urge the authorities to clarify the whereabouts of the remaining
Acehnese in detention;
APPEALS TO: (Malaysian government)
Please note that fax tones can be difficult to obtain
Prime Minister
Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad
Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs
Jalan Dato’Onn, 50502 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Faxes: + 60 3 238 3784 / 298 4172
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
APPEALS TO: (Indonesian authorities)
Commander of the Armed Forces (ABRI)
General Wiranto, Panglima ABRI
Markas Besar ABRI, Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No 13
Jakarta Timur, Indonesia
Telegrams: General Wiranto, Jakarta, Indonesia
Faxes: + 62 21 36 1471 / 37 8144 / 35 6404
Salutation: Dear General Wiranto
COPIES TO: (of letters to Malaysian Government only)
Deputy Prime Minister
Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
Jalan Dato’ Onn, 50502 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Faxes: + 60 3 230 1051
and to diplomatic representatives of Malaysia 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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