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Subject: UA 14/98: Arbitraty detention and torture
Date: Tue, 06 Oct 1998 14:26:50 -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

6 October 1998

NAMES: Marcos Belo, 28 Agapito Belo, 20 Carlos Pinto Belo, 28 Ernesto Amaral Belo, 30

VIOLATIONS: Arbitrary Detention, Torture

LOCATION: Baucau, East Timor

Ref: UA 14/98


The East Timor Human Rights Centre (ETHRC) is concerned for the safety of Marcos Belo, an East Timorese youth who is believed to be still in detention following his recent arrest by Indonesian security force personnel.

Marcos Belo was arrested on 30 September, 1998, together with three other East Timorese youths, Agapito Belo, Carlos Pinto Belo and Ernesto Amaral Belo, during a military operation in the hamlet of Kaisida, 10 kilometres from the city of Baucau. The military operation was conducted at about 9.00am by an Indonesian Air Force unit from Lanud Baucau, the military airport. The military forces attacked seven houses in the hamlet, and arresting the four East Timorese men and confiscating personal property belonging to residents of the hamlet including shoes, hats, knives and cassette recordings and documents relating to clandestine resistance activities.

The four detainees were taken to the Air Force headquarters at Lanud Baucau where they were interrogated and, it is believed, subjected to torture. They were accused of stealing an electric cable, however, it is believed the real reason for their arrest is that they were suspected members of the Clandestine Resistance and that they had participated in public forums to discuss East Timor's future. In the circumstances, the ETHRC is concerned that the men were targeted solely for their non-violent political activities.

Three of the men, Agapito Belo, Carlos Pinto Belo, Ernesto Amaral Belo, were released after 12 hours but Marcos Belo is still believed to be detained at Lanud Baucau. It is believed he has had no access to legal representation. Fears are therefore held for his safety as detainees in East Timor are at heightened risk of torture and ill-treatment if they are denied access to legal representation and members of their families.

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Please send faxes/telegrams/express/airmail letters in English, Bahasa Indonesia or your own language:

* expressing concern that Marcos Belo has been arbitrarily detained and subjected to torture during interrogation; * seeking details of the charges (if any) against him and calling for his immediate and unconditional release if he has not been charged with a recognisable offence under existing laws; * seeking assurances that he will not face torture and ill-treatment in detention and that he will be treated humanely in accordance with international standards; and * seeking assurances that he will have immediate and on-going access to members of his family, humanitarian assistance and legal representation.

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: habibie@ristek.go.id

2. MILITARY COMMANDER REGION IX/UDAYANA (includes East Timor) General Syahrir MS Pangdam IX/Udayana Markas Besar KODAM IX/Udayana Denpasar, Bali INDONESIA Telephone: +62 361 228 095 Telegrams: Pangdam IX/Udayana, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

3. 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

4. SECRETARY GENERAL, NATIONAL COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS Prof. Dr. Baharuddin Lopa Sekretaris Jenderal, Komisi Nasional Hak Azasi Manusia (Komnas HAM) Jl Latuharhary No 4 B, Menteng Jakarta Pusat INDONESIA Phone/Fax: +62 21 392 5227 Email: info@komnas.go.id

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 17 November 1998

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