Subject: Amnesty briefing for Indonesia's financial donors

* News Release Issued by the International Secretariat of Amnesty International *

12 October 2000 ASA 21/055/2000 195/00

Ahead of the Consultative Group on Indonesia (CGI) meeting on 18 and 19 October in Tokyo, Japan, Amnesty International has issued a briefing on human rights concerns to participating government members and donor agencies.

The briefing addresses a number of Amnesty International's main concerns in Indonesia including the deteriorating human rights situation in Aceh and Papua; the fate of East Timorese refugees in West Timor; the slow pace of investigations and trials on East Timor and of the efforts to bring perpetrators of human rights violations in Indonesia to justice; and delays in implementing essential legal and institutional reform.

Member governments and donors should support recent statements by the President of the World Bank urging the Indonesian government to improve human rights.

Specifically, Amnesty International is calling on the CGI to:

-- insist that the Indonesian government takes immediate and effective measures to prevent further violations from occurring;

-- raise its concern about the continued lack of accountability for security force members and insist that rapid progress is made on investigating past cases including crimes committed in East Timor in 1999 and widespread violations that have taken place in Aceh since 1989;

-- encourage and support, through development assistance, the ongoing process of legal and judicial reform.

A full copy of the nine-page briefing is available at

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