Subject: OMCT fi Case Idn / Tmp 190598.1
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 17:11:25 +0000
Case IDN/TMP 190598.1 Follow-up of Case IDN/TMP 190598
The International Secretariat of OMCT has received new information concerning the release of Mr. Antonio da Costa and Mr. Mauricio da Costa in East Timor.
Brief reminder of the situation: The East Timor Human Rights Centre (ETHRC), a member of the network, had expressed its grave concern over the physical and psychological integrity of two East Timorese men, Mr Antonio da Costa and his brother Mr Mauricio da Costa. They had allegedly been held in incommunicado military custody following their arrest on 12 May, 1998. It was believed the two men were subjected to torture and beatings while in detention.
New information : The International Secretariat has just been informed by the ETHRC of the release, on May 19th, of Mr. Antonio da Costa and Mr. Mauricio da Costa and of the confirmation that they were detained at the Kopassus headquarters in Baucau. They were reportedly subjected to torture and ill-treatment during their detention; it is believed that their hands were burnt and they received electric shocks. Mr. Antonio da Costa is reportedly still having difficulties in moving and both men continue to suffer from trauma following their ill-treatment.
The International Secretariat congratulates itself for their release and thanks all those organisations and individuals who intervened on their behalf.
Remarks : Please write to the Indonesian authorities urging them to :
i.- ensure a thorough and impartial investigation into the allegations of torture and ill-treatment of Mr. Antonio da Costa and Mr. Mauricio da Costa in order to identify those responsible, bring them to trial and apply the penal, civil and administrative sanctions as provided by law; and put an end to all practices of torture committed in detention centers and prisons;
ii.- in general, abide to the norms established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the international conventions ratified by Indonesia.
PRESIDENT YUSUF HABIBIE, President of the Republic of Indonesia, Istana Negara, Gedung Binagraha Jl. Veteran, Jakarta Pusat, INDONESIA, Fax: +62 21 345 7782. MINISTER OF JUSTICE Prof. Dr. Muladi, S.H. Menteri Kehakiman, JI. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. 6-7, Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia. Fax : + 62 21 525 3095 MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, Ali Alatas S.H. Menteri Luar Negeri, Jl Medan Taman Pejambon No. 6 Jakarta, Imdonesia, Fax +62 21 380 5511/360 517/345 7782/360 541 CHIEF OF NATIONAL POLICE Maj. Gen. (Pol.) Banurusman Atmosumitro, Kapolri, Markas Besar Kepolisian RI, JI. Trunojoyo 13, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia. Telegrams : National Police Chief, Jakarta, Indonesia MILITARY COMMANDER REGION IX/UDAYANA(includes East Timor) General.Adam Damiri, Pangdam IX/Udayana, Markas Besar KODAM IX/Udayana, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Telegram : Pangdam IX/Udayana, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. SECRETARY GENERAL, NATIONAL COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS Prof. Dr. Baharuddin Lopa, Sekretaris Jenderal, Komisi Nasional Hak Azasi Manusia (Komnas HAM), JI Latuharhary No.4B,Menteng Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia. Phone/Fax: +62 21 392 5227-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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