Subject: AI FI088/99 EAST TIMOR Fear for safety
Date: 28 Apr 99 15:26:31 -0400
From: UA E-Mail Incoming <>

Paper reprints authorised. Electronic redistributors + + must request permission from Amnesty International. + + Contact:

PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 21/36/99 27 April 1999

Further information on UA 88/99 (ASA 21/33/99, 23 April 1999) - Fear for safety/"disappearance"

EAST TIMOR Mateus Araujo Alvaro - possibly killed Daniel Marcelino Jorge Bernadino - possibly killed Felis Marcal Abilio - probably killed Alvaro - possibly killed

New Names: Claudio Magno ] Alipio Jordao ] Abrao ] "disappeared" Agustinho Ferreira ] Justinho Cardoso ] Elias Nunes

Orlando Berek ] Tome Nunes ] arrested: three have Joao Nunes Ximenes ] "disappeared" Xisto Borges ] Pedro da Costa ]

Up to 18 men have been killed by paramilitaries in Suai, south-west of Dili. A further nine have "disappeared" after they were arrested by soldiers and paramilitaries, and there is grave concern for their safety.

Abilio Pires, believed to be the "Abilio" on the list, is already known to have been killed by paramilitaries. A further three of the people on that list are now thought to be among the dead. "Bernadino" is believed to be Bernadino Simoa, a student from the University of East Timor (UNTIM), who was kidnapped by Mahidi on 11 April and later killed; Alvaro Barreto (believed to be "Alvaro"), was arrested on 14 April at Kamanasa, Suai, by the Indonesian Armed Forces (ABRI) and the paramilitary group Laksaur Merah Putih while riding a bus, and then killed by the paramilitary group Mahidi; and Alvaro de Araujo, 25 (believed to be "Alvaro") was killed by paramilitaries in Suai.

The nine other men who have "disappeared" were arrested by ABRI and paramilitary groups between 20 and 23 April in various villages in Suai. Orlando Berek, Tome Nunes, Joao Nunes Ximenes, Xisto Borges and Pedro da Costa were arrested by Laksaur Merah Putih on 22 April in Walabaru, Foholulik. Three of them have since "disappeared", but it is not known which three.

Among the 18 feared dead are Jose Fatima, who was arrested by Laksaur Merah Putih on 14 April, and Joao Ximenes Soares, a student from UNTIM, who was kidnapped on 11 April by Mahidi in Daes, Suai. The names of the others killed are not yet known, but they could include some of the six people originally listed as "disappeared" who are not yet accounted for.

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

- expressing grave concern at the reported "disappearance" of at least 15 men in Suai;

- urging the authorities to immediately take action to find and disclose the men's whereabouts;

- urging the authorities to launch an investigation into the deaths of Bernadino Simoa, Joao Ximenes Soares, Jose Fatima, Alvaro Barreto and Alvaro de Araujo.

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


Gen. Wiranto [Salutation: Dear Minister] Menteri Pertahanan dan Keamanan Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No.13-14 Jakarta 10110 Indonesia Fax: + 62 21 381 4535/ 384 5178

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



President Jusuf Habibie [Salutation: Dear President Habibie] Presiden RI Istana Negara Jl. Veteran Jakarta Pusat Indonesia Fax: + 62 21 526 8726 / +62 21 380 5511/+62 21 345 7782 (via Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Please do not send appeals after 8 June 1999.

f 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:

Back to April Menu
Human Rights Violations in East Timor
Main Postings Menu
June '98 through February '99