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Subject: ETHRC UA 14/98PR: Progress Report
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 11:53:54 -1000
From: ethrc <ethrc@minihub.org>

EAST TIMOR HUMAN RIGHTS CENTRE 124 Napier St Fitzroy 3065 Australia PO BOX 1413 Collingwood 3066 Australia Tel: +61 3 9415 8225 Fax: +61 3 9415 8218 E-mail: ethrc@minihub.org Director: Ms Maria Brett Chair: Bishop Hilton Deakin

URGENT ACTION 10 November 1998

NAMES: Marcos Belo, 28

VIOLATIONS: Arbitrary Detention, Torture

LOCATION: Baucau, East Timor

Ref: UA 14/98PR

The East Timor Human Rights Centre (ETHRC) has received further information in relation to Marcos Belo, who was arrested on 30 September, 1998. Belo was arrested with three other East Timorese youths, Agapito Belo, Carlos Pinto Belo and Ernesto Amaral Belo, during a military operation in Kaisida hamlet, Baucau. During the operation, the military forces attacked seven houses in the hamlet, arresting the four East Timorese men and confiscating personal property (see UA 14/98 for details). The ETHRC previously reported that the other three detainees were released after short-term detention.

ETHRC sources have now confirmed that Marcos Belo has also been released and that the personal property which was confiscated during the military operation will be returned to the rightful owners through church mediators located in Baucau.

NO FURTHER ACTION IS REQUIRED IN RELATION TO THIS CASE Thank-you to all those who assisted

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