|Subject: UA 8/99 Progress Report
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 1999 18:07:13 -1000
From: ethrc <firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com Chair: Bishop Hilton Deakin Director: Ana Noronha
URGENT ACTION Progress Report 19 August 1999
NEW NAMES: Marcelino Soares, 21 Paulo da Silva, 25
VIOLATIONS: Arbitrary Detention / Beatings / Extrajudicial Executions
LOCATION: Viqueque town, Viqueque District, East Timor
Ref: UA 8/99PR Previous Report: UA 8/99
The East Timor Human Rights Centre (ETHRC) has received further information in relation to a shooting attack on August 11 1999 in the town of Viqueque, East Timor, where two students, Carlos Sarmento and Mario Gusmao (Soares) were killed by pro-Indonesian Senior 59/75 Junior Militia members who attacked a student poll information centre. The ETHRC had reported that Ferlino da Costa and Duarte Fatima (previously reported as Duarte (no surname)) sustained serious injuries to his arm during the attack and four other students were arrested, detained, beaten and since released. (See UA 8/99)
Marcelino Soares, previously unreported, was also shot in the attack and sustained injuries to his shoulder. Another student, Paulo da Silva was arrested by members of the militia and KODIM (District Military Command) and detained at POLRES (Police Resort Centre) in Viqueque. The ETHRC is trying to confirm whether he is still in detention.
ETHRC sources have confirmed that Duarte Fatima is still in detention at POLRES Viqueque. It is not known if any charges have been brought against him and the ETHRC believes he may have been detained solely for political reasons. The ETHRC is concerned for his safety as he may be at risk of torture and ill-treatment, a common occurrence for East Timorese detainees in police or military custody.
The ETHRC has identified some of the perpetrators for these recent human rights violations in Viqueque: 1. Andreas (no surname), member of KODIM Viqueque, responsible for shooting Duarte Fatima 2. Manuel Belo, member of KODIM Viqueque 3. Joaquim (no surname), member of KODIM Viqueque 4. Raimundo da Silva, member of KODIM Viqueque 5. Gabriel (no surname), member of KODIM Viqueque 6. Mantus Tandin, member of KODIM Viqueque 7. Yusuf Tandin, member of KODIM Viqueque 8. Hermenegildo (no surname), member of POLRES Viqueque 9. Feliciano da Costa, member of KODIM Viqueque 10. Filomeno (no surname), member of militia "Naga Merah" Senior 59/Junior 75 11. Inacio (no surname), member of militia "Naga Merah" Senior 59/Junior 75 12. Duarte (no surname), member of militia "Naga Merah" Senior 59/Junior 75
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send faxes/telegrams/express/airmail letters in English, Bahasa Indonesia or your own language: *seeking clarification of the whereabouts of Paulo da Silva; *seeking details of the charges (if any) against Duarte Fatima and Paulo da Silva (if still detained) and calling for their immediate and unconditional release if they have not been charged with a recognisable offence under existing laws; *seeking assurances that they will not face torture and ill-treatment in detention and that they are treated humanely in accordance with international standards; *seeking assurances that they will have immediate and on-going access to members of their families, humanitarian and medical assistance and legal representation; *calling on the government of Indonesia to take steps to immediately disarm all civilian militia groups in East Timor and to prosecute all those others responsible for human rights violations, including those members of the pro-Indonesian Senior 59/75 Junior Militia and KODIM Viqueque responsible for the shooting attack in Viqueque to the fullest extent of the law; and *calling for immediate and unrestricted access to be allowed to all areas of East Timor for UN human rights monitors, international and local human rights organisations, in order to provide ongoing human rights monitoring, and in particularly to conduct a full and impartial investigation of the recent violations committed by the military and militias.
SEND APPEALS TO: 1. PRESIDENT YUSUF HABIBIE President of the Republic of Indonesia Istana Negara Gedung Binagraha Jl. Veteran Jakarta Pusat INDONESIA Faxes: +62 21 345 7782 Telegrams: President Habibie, Jakarta, Indonesia E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS Ali Alatas S.H Menteri Luar Negeri Jl. Medan Taman Pejambon No. 6 Jakarta INDONESIA Faxes: +62 21 360 541 / 360 517 / 380 5511 / 345 7782 / 724 5354
3. MINISTER FOR DEFENCE FORCES General Wiranto Menteri Pertahanan Keamanan RI Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No 13-14 Jakarta 10110 INDONESIA Telephone: +62 21 366 184 Fax: +62 21 3845 178
4. RESORT MILITARY COMMAND (KOREM) Colonel Mohamed Noer Muis Markas KOREM 164/Wiradharma Dili East Timor Faxes: +62 390 21 624 Telegrams: Colonel Muis, East Timor (Indonesia)
5. MILITARY COMMANDER REGION IX/UDAYANA (includes East Timor) Major General Adam Damiri Pangdam IX/Udayana Markas Besar KODAM IX/Udayana Denpasar, Bali INDONESIA Telephone: +62 361 228 095 Telegrams: Pangdam IX/Udayana, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Please also send appeals to:
*Diplomatic representatives of Indonesia in your country *Parliamentarians and the Foreign Ministry in your country
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY Check with the East Timor Human Rights Centre if sending appeals after September 29, 1999.