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Subject: AI FI193/98 INDONESIA Fear for safety
Date: 09 Jul 98 18:13:03 -0400
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PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 21/73/98 9 July 1998

Further information on UA 193/98 (ASA 21/72/98, 7 July 1998) - Fear for safety

INDONESIA Still detained:

Yopie Karma (possibly also known as Philip Karma or Felix Yacob Karma) Constan Karma, younger brother of above Edward Iwanggin

Moved under armed guard:

Elias Ansek, aged 35 Rubin Msiren, aged 26 Ely Orisu, aged 30 Andi Marisan, aged 17

There are serious concerns for the health and safety of a number of those wounded when security forces broke up pro-independence protests on 6 July 1998. This is after four were reportedly flown under armed guard to Jakarta and around 22 others transferred from the general hospital to a local navy hospital where it is believed they may not receive adequate medical attention or be allowed access to their families.

Those taken by armed guard from Biak to Jakarta are: Rubin Msiren, who was shot in both feet, Ely Orisu, who was shot in the stomach, Andi Marisan, who was shot in the right hip and Elias Ansek, who was shot in the back. Another report also said that an Elias Ansek, aged 54, died of his wounds on 7 July though it is not known if this is the same person.

Two separate reports have confirmed that Robby Orboi has died as a result of injuries he sustained during the protests in Biak. There are also unconfirmed reports that a pregnant woman, Mrs Sangkek, was killed in Sorong when security forces broke up a demonstration outside the local parliament on 2 July. Both Mrs Sangkek and David Kapisa, another victim of extrajudicial killing in Sorong, were shot in the head. This brings the total number of people extrajudicially executed in Irian Jaya in the last week to at least three.

The precise number of people still detained in Biak is unclear. One newspaper report of 8 July referred to all but 16 people being released. However, information received today suggests that around 100 people are still being held. Among those detained are Yopie Karma and his younger brother Constan Karma and Edward Iwanggin. Two of Edward Iwanggin's brothers may also be detained.

According to the Indonesian newspaper Kompas, those found responsible for flag raising ceremonies in Irian Jaya will be charged under Articles 106 and 107 of the Criminal Code. The former punishes separatism with up to life imprisonment while Article 107 punishes those found guilty of participating in, or instigating revolution, with 15 or 20 years' imprisonment respectively.

FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/ airmail letters in Bahasa Indonesia or English in your own language:

In addition to the original recommended actions:

- urging the authorities to provide guarantees for the safety of Elias Ansek, Rubin Msiren, Ely Orisu and Andi Marisan and asking them to provide information regarding the place they have been been taken and the reason;

- urging the authorities to allow unhindered access to all areas of Irian Jaya by national and international human rights monitors and to the media.


(Please note that fax tones can be difficult to obtain at times)

Commander of the Armed Forces (ABRI):

General Wiranto [Salutation: Dear General Wiranto] Panglima ABRI Markas Besar ABRI Jl. Medan merdeka Barat No 13 Jakarta Timur Indonesia Telegrams: General Wiranto, Jakarta, Indonesia Faxes: + 6221 36 1471 / 37 8144

Military Commander Region VIII/Trikora: (covers Irian Jaya)

Major General Amir Sembiring [Salutation: Dear Major General Sembiring] Pangdam VIII/Trikora Markas Besar KODAM VIII/Trikora Jayapura, Irian Jaya, Indonesia Telegrams: Maj. Gen. Amir Sembiring, Markas Besar KODAM VIII/Trikora, Jayapura, Indonesia

PLEASE SEND COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO: Embassy of Indonesia, 38 Grosvenor Square, London W1X 9AD. Fax: 0171 491 4993


President Habibie Presiden RI Istana Negara Jl Veteran Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia Faxes (via Ministry of Foreign Affairs): + 6221 360 517 / 380 5511 +6221 345 7782 / 360 541 Email:

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Please do not send appeals after 20 August 1998.

If you have any queries about this Urgent Action or about  the UA scheme in general, please contact:  Ray Mitchell / Becky Hess,  Amnesty International UK Section, 99 - 119 Rosebery Avenue,  London EC1R 4RE email:

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