Subject: AI EXTRA 19/99 INDONESIA Possible disappearance
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PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 21/09/99 11 February 1999

EXTRA 19/99


Anwar Yusuf - possible "disappearance"

Anwar Yusuf, a 23-year-old volunteer with a human rights organization, has reportedly "disappeared". Amnesty International is seriously concerned for his safety. His "disappearance" is believed to be connected with the killings that took place on 3 February 1999 when members of the Indonesian security forces opened fire on people returning from a meeting in Matang Ulim village in East Aceh (see EXTRA 17/99 - ASA 21/07/99, 9 February 1999).

Anwar Yusuf, who had been working with Forum Peduli Hak Asasi Manusia (Forum for the care of human rights) since September 1998, was apparently taken from his home in East Aceh by a man who identified himself as a member of Koramil Idi Rayeuk (Idi Rayeuk Sub-district Military Command). The man had no arrest warrant. According to Anwar Yusuf's mother, he was told that he would be taken to Koramil at Idi Rayeau for questioning in connection with the incident on 3 February. When Anwar Yusuf did not return the next day his mother went to Koramil to ask where he was. She was told that they had no information but that she should check with the East Aceh regional police command (Polres). Polres did not give her any information either.

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

- urging the authorities to immediately establish and make public the whereabouts of Anwar Yusuf and to provide guarantees for his safety;

- expressing concern that Anwar Yusuf may have been detained because of his legitimate activities with a human rights organization and urging that, if this is the case, he should be released immediately;

- calling on the authorities to ensure that arrests and detentions are carried out in accordance with domestic law and international standards, and that anyone found to have contravened these procedures is brought to justice.

APPEALS TO: (Time difference = GMT + 7 hrs / BST + 6 hrs)

Military Commander Region I/Bukit Barisan (covers North & West Sumatra and Aceh)

Major General Ismet Juhairi Chaniago [Salutation:Dear Major General] Pangdam I/Bukit Barisan Markas Besar KODAM I Medan, Sumatra Utara, Indonesia Telegrams: Major General Chaniago, Sumatra Utara, Indonesia

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


Minister of Defence And Security

Gen. Wiranto Menteri Pertahanan dan Keamanan Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No. 13-14 Jakarta 10110, Indonesia Faxes: + 62 21 381 4535

President Jusuf Habibie President RI Istana Negara Jl. Veteran, Jakarta Pusat Indonesia Faxes: + 62 21 526 8726 / 380 5511 / 345 7782

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Please do not send appeals after 25 March 1999.

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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