Subject: UA 15/99 Rev Francisco de Vasconcelos Ximenes confirmed killed
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999 20:58:00 -1000

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: Chair: Bishop Hilton Deakin Director: Ana Noronha

URGENT ACTION 13 September 1999

NAMES: Rev. Francicso de Vasconcelos Ximenes - confirmed dead

VIOLATIONS: Extrajudicial Execution

LOCATION: East Timor

Ref: UA15/99

The East Timor Human Rights Centre (ETHRC) has confirmed that Rev. Francisco de Vasconcelos Ximenes, of the Gereja Kristetn di Timor Timur (GKTT or Christian Church in East Timor), has been shot dead. The perpetrators were militia, in the company of Indonesian police.

Rev. Ximenes had been sheltering approximately 100 refugees in Hosana Church, Dili. When martial law was imposed, a truckload of police came to the church and told them to go to the police station. Fearing for their safety if they did go, Rev. Ximenes, other church workers and the refugees decided to leave the church and travelled out of Dili instead. In concern for the safety of the women and children, the men separated from them, as it was the men being targeted.

On Friday September 10, Rev. Ximenes was shot on the road to Baucau. He died the following day. His final words were "please voice our voices."

The ETHRC holds grave fears for the refugees who were with Rev. Ximenes, as not all were able to move to safer areas.

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

* expressing outrage at the extra-judicial execution of Rev. Francisco Ximenes;
* expressing concern for the wellbeing of the refugees from Hosana Church;
* calling for the immediate arrest and prosecution of those responsible for human rights violations against the East Timorese people;
* calling for immediate humanitarian aid to be delivered to refugees in East Timor;
* calling for Peacekeeping forces to enter East Timor immediately, now that Indonesian President Habibie has acquiesced to their presence in East Timor;
* calling for immediate evacuation under the protection of the United Nations of any East Timorese wanting to leave East Timor or Indonesia, and the provision of temporary refuge in Australia or other safe countries;
* calling for immediate and unrestricted access to be allowed to all areas of East Timor for UN human rights monitors, international and local human rights organisations, in order to provide ongoing human rights monitoring, and in particular to conduct a full and impartial investigation of the recent violations committed by Indonesian military, police and militia.


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:

2. 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

3. MINISTER FOR DEFENCE FORCES General Wiranto Menteri Pertahanan Keamanan RI Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No 13-14 Jakarta 10110 INDONESIA Telephone: +62 21 366 184 Fax: +62 21 3845 178

4. RESORT MILITARY COMMAND (KOREM) Colonel Mohamed Noer Muis Markas KOREM 164/Wiradharma Dili East Timor Faxes: +62 390 21 624 Telegrams: Colonel Muis, East Timor (Indonesia)

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

6. United Nations Secretary-General Secretary General Kofi Anan New York, NY 10017 USA Fax: +1 212 963 2155 E-mail: Or:

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 October 28, 1999. End.

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