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Subject: UA 2/98PR: East Timorese tortured then released
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 17:15:17 -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

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URGENT ACTION 14 July 1998

NAMES: Marcal Amaral Magno Guterres, 27 Basilio Mendonca, 26 Manuel Sarmento Antonio Freitas

NEW NAMES: Elias de Araujo Joao dos Santos Alfredo Amaral Bernardo dos Santos

VIOLATION: Torture

LOCATION: Dili, East Timor

Ref: UA 2/98 Previous report: UA 2/98

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The East Timor Human Rights Centre (ETHRC) has received further information in relation to eight East Timorese men who were detained at POLRES (Police Resort) headquarters in Dili, following their arrest at 4am on 2 April, 1998, by members of the Indonesian military. (See UA2/98 for details).

ETHRC sources have confirmed that six of the men, Marcal Amaral Magno Guterres, Basilio Mendonca, Elias de Araujo, Joao dos Santos, Bernardo dos Santos and Alfredo Amaral were subjected to torture while being interrogated at POLRES in Dili. They were then transferred to Becora prison and were awaiting trial when authorities decided to drop all charges against them. The six men were released on 13 June. No information is available about the other two men, Manuel Sarmento and Antonio Freitas, but it is assumed they have also been released.

The East Timorese men had been arrested for allegedly participating in a clandestine resistance meeting. In the circumstances, it appears the men were targeted solely for their political activities and their rights to freedom of expression and association were denied.

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

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