Subject: AI UA 166/99 INDONESIA Disappearance
Date: 14 Jul 99 17:34:10 -0400
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PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 21/61/99 14 July 1999

UA 166/99 "Disappearance"


M Jamil, 45

Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of M Jamil, who has "disappeared" following his arrest on 8 July 1999 in the province of Aceh, in northern Sumatra.

M Jamil, from Matang Teungoh Village, Jambo Aye Sub-district, was arrested by a unit of riot police called Pasukan Penindak Rusuh Massa, who were in Jambo Aye after actions by the armed opposition group Gerakan Aceh Merdeka (GAM), the Free Aceh Movement, were reported in the area. Two other men arrested at the same time were released after two days in military custody.


Serious human rights violations, including "disappearances" and unlawful killings, have increased since the end of 1998 in the course of Indonesian National Army (TNI) counter-insurgency operations against GAM. People have also been arbitrarily arrested and detained. In February at least seven people were unlawfully killed when the TNI fired on a procession in Idi Cut, East Aceh. On 3 May, human rights monitors claimed that at least 40 people were killed in Krueng Geukueh, Dewantara Sub-District, Aceh Utara District, when the TNI fired on a demonstration. GAM have also been accused of committing human rights abuses.

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

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

- urging the authorities to ensure that, if he is found to be in custody, he has regular access to human rights lawyers, to his family and to medical professionals, and that he is immediately released if he is not to be charged with a recognisably criminal offence.

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

Minister of Defence and Security

Gen. Wiranto [Salutation: Dear Minister] Menteri Pertahanan dan Keamanan Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No.13-14 Jakarta 10110 Indonesia Telegrams: General Wiranto, Jakarta, 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


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

Major General Abdul Rahman Gaffar Pangdam I/Bukit Barisan Markas Besar KODAM I Medan, Sumatra Utara Indonesia

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