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Demonstrators demand action for Jafar at Indonesian Consulate of Indonesia in New York, August 14, 2000. Download or view a high-quality scan of this photo (100 kb). Photo by John M. Miller.

September 5 marks the one-month anniversary of Jafar's disappearance

Action Alert

ETAN Concerned About
Missing Aceh Activist

Jafar Siddiq Hamzah has been missing since Saturday, August 5. He was last heard from in Medan.. His family, friends and colleagues fear the worst. ETAN has often worked with Jafar -- who has lived in the U.S. for the last several years -- on issues of human rights issues and military violence in Indonesia and East Timor. 

Jafar Siddiq HamzahJafar Siddiq, founder and chair of the International Forum for Aceh, a human rights organization, was reported missing while visiting Medan, in Indonesia near Aceh. (see background and news reports, regularly updated

Below are numbers you can call to express concern. Urge them to investigate Jafar's whereabouts and assure his safety. Please note there is a 12 hour time difference between the U.S. East Coast and Jakarta. 

The International Forum for Aceh (IFA) is a non-governmental organization actively campaigning for peace and human rights in Aceh, the rebellious region in northern Indonesia. Through the IFA, Jafar has worked to inform the international community about human rights violations in Aceh. He has helped to organize several seminars on Aceh involving NGOS and others. He has also been active in raising the issue of human rights violations at the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva. 

Contact (revised list 8/10/00): 

US State Department contacts: 

  • Undersecretary of State, Thomas Pickering tel: 202-647-4314 
  • Undersecretary of Southeast Asia Division, Stanley Roth tel: 202-647-4000 
  • State Department e-mail:; fax: 202-647-6434 or 202-261-8577 

US Embassy in Jakarta 
Ambassador Robert Gelbard tel: 011-6221-344-2211 fax: 011-6221-380-5583

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, 2020 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-775-5200 Fax: 202-775-5365

TNI (military) commander for N. Sumatra and Aceh: Maj Gen I Gede Purnawa tel, 011-62 61 324626 

Police Chief for N Sumatra: Dr Syafei Aksal Tel: 011-62 645 43890 

Attorney General, Marzuki Darusman: Tel: 011-62-21-773557, Fax: 62 21 720 8557 

Minister of Defense and Security, Juwono Sudarsono, tel: 011-62 21 384 5178, fax: 62 21 381 4535 

Chief of Armed Forces, Widodo Adisucipto, tel: 011-62 21 380 6711, fax: 62 21 361 471 

National Police Chief
, Gen Rusdihardjo, tel: 011-62 21 720 7277, fax: 62 21 348537 

President Abdurrachman Wahid, Office of the President, Istana Merdeka, Jakarta 10110 Fax: 62 21 345 2685 / 380 5511 / 526 8726 email: 

Indonesian Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM), tel 011-62 21 392 5230, fax 62 21 392 5227 

Minister for Human Rights Affairs, Hasballah Saad: tel 011-62 21 5250075/5250139, Fax: 62 21 5256855 

Also call the foreign policy staff of your Representative and Senators. Ask them to contact the State Department, U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesian Embassy in Washington or other Indonesian government contacts they may have. Congressional Switchboard (ask for your Representative or Senators): 202-224-3121 or for fax and e-mail info, click here: House, Senate.

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