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Subject: ETHRC UA 9/97PR3: Progress Report
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 16:05:32 -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 Progress Report

DATE: 13 October 1998

NAMES: Felisberto Maria dos Santos, 44 (alias Sole-Solep) Jose Sobral, 40 Marcelino Fatima dos Santos, 29

VIOLATIONS: "Disappearance" / Arbitrary detention

LOCATION: Unknown location in East Timor

Ref: UA 9/97PR3 Previous reports: UA 9/97; UA 9/97PR, UA 9/97PR2


The East Timor Human Rights Centre has received confirmation that Jose Sobral and Marcelino Fatima dos Santos who were arrested on 30 March, 1997, by Indonesian security force personnel (see UA 9/97 and UA 9/97PR for details) have been released. The date of their release is not known, however it is believed that the two men may have been released in about March this year.

Grave fears are still held for the safety of Felisberto Maria dos Santos (alias Sole-Solep), the other man arrested with Jose Sobral and Marcelino Fatima dos Santos. Sole-Solep is still missing, despite internal steps taken to locate him and the ETHRC believes he may be held in incommunicado detention at an unknown detention centre.

Please continue appeals on Sole-Solep's behalf as requested in urgent action report UA 9/97PR2 dated 5 October 1998.

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