STOP TORTURE OF ACTIVISTS!!!!

mira peace at xs4all.nl
Tue Sep 17 17:12:28 MDT 1996


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     SEPTEMBER 16, 1996 23:00 GMT

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        INDONESIA: STOP TORTURE OF ACTIVISTS

        Human Rights Watch/Asia is deeply concerned about the arrest and
     possible torture of Gusti Agung Anom Astika and Wilson [one name
     only], two leaders of a student-led political organization in
     Indonesia. The two, both in their mid-twenties, were among seven
     Indonesian student activists arrested last Thursday, September 10,
     1996 in Ungaran, a town about thirty kilometers from Semarang, the
     capital of the province of Central Java. The other five were released
     on the condition that they report regularly to Semarang police
     headquarters.
        The concern that Gusti and Wilson have been or will be tortured by
     Indonesian military intelligence (Badan Intelijen ABRI or BIA,) prior
     to their transfer to civilian detention facilities comes amid
     revelations that several of their colleagues, arrested in an ongoing
     crackdown since a riot in Jakarta on July 27, have been held by BIA
     and subjected to both electric shocks and burning with lighted
     cigarettes during interrogation.
        Gusti Agung Anom Astika, known as Anom, is the head of the
     education and propaganda department of the People's Democratic Party
     (Partai Rakyat Democratik or PRD) while Wilson is secretary-general of

     the PRD's labor wing, the Center for the Struggle of Indonesian
     Workers (PPBI). The Indonesian government has been systematically
     hunting down leaders of the PRD and its affiliates since the July 27
     riot. It has branded the PRD as the new manifestation of the banned
     Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) and has accused it, thus far without
     evidence, of masterminding the riot.
        Human Rights Watch/Asia calls on all embassies in Jakarta to ask
     immediately for clarification about the whereabouts of the students
     and for immediate access to them by family members, lawyers and
     international humanitarian organizations. It also calls on the
     National Human Rights Commission in Indonesia, usually known by its
     Indonesian acronym of Komnas, to tackle headlong the issue of
     incommunicado detention and torture.

      "The use by military intelligence operatives of electric shocks and
      other physical abuse to extract information and coerce confessions has
      got to end," said Sidney Jones, executive director of Human Rights
     Watch/Asia. "Komnas has done an excellent job in the wake of the July
     27 riot of trying to trace missing persons and determine the death
     toll, but it can't ignore the ongoing problem of torture."
        As of September 9, ten PRD activists were being held in the
     detention facilities of the Attorney General's office in south
     Jakarta, but all had been reportedly held by BIA in Ragunan, Jakarta,
     and tortured prior to their transfer. While in BIA custody, no family,

     friends or lawyers had access to them. Others who have been held and
     released by BIA after questioning have also undergone torture.
        Before the arrest of Anom and Wilson, the last person known to have

     been subjected to such treatment was Wahyu Susilo, a staff member of a

     non-governmental organization in Jakarta called Solidaritas Perempuan
     (Women's Solidarity). Wahyu was arrested on August 31 during a raid on

     the Solidaritas Perempuan office, apparently because he is the younger

     brother of an artist named Widji Thukul who heads the art and culture
     affiliate of PRD and who is still in hiding. Wahyu was taken to a
     building believed to be a BIA office and after initial interrogation,
     was forced to strip to his underwear and given electric shocks.  His
     head was covered with a bucket and hit repeatedly. He was eventually
     released after more than twelve hours of questioning.
        Wilson and Anom were arrested around 8:00 p.m. in a house in
     Ungaran by units of police intelligence from Semarang and Central Java

     and immediately brought to the provincial police headquarters. The two

     were part of a wanted list received by Central Java police from
     Jakarta; the list also includes students already arrested in the
     central Javanese towns of Purwodadi, Karanganyar, Solo, and
     Yogyakarta. Wilson is a 1995 graduate of the University of Indonesia's

     history department; Anom is a 1996 graduate of the political science
     department of Airlangga University in Surabaya, East Java.
        The five other student activists arrested at the same time include
     the head of the Semarang branch of SMID, a student affiliate of PRD
     and SMID activists Aan Roesdiyanto, Hari Sutanta, Nurlaeli Huda and
     Stevanus.

     Human Rights Watch/Asia
     Human Rights Watch is a nongovernmental organization established in
     1978 to monitor and promote the observance of internationally
     recognized human rights in Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East

     and among the signatories of the Helsinki accords. Kenneth Roth is the

     executive director; Cynthia Brown is the program director.  Robert L.
     Bernstein is the chair of the board and Adrian W. DeWind is vice
     chair.  Its Asia division was established in 1985 to monitor and
     promote the observance of internationally recognized human rights in
     Asia.  Sidney Jones is the executive director; Mike Jendrzejczyk is
     the Washington director; Robin Munro is the Hong Kong director;
     Patricia Gossman is a senior researcher; Jeannine Guthrie is NGO
     Liaison; Dinah PoKempner is Counsel; Zunetta Liddell is a research
     associate; Joyce Wan is a Henry R. Luce Fellow; Paul Lall and Olga
     Nousias are associates; Mickey Spiegel is a research consultant.
     Andrew J. Nathan is chair of the advisory committee and Orville Schell

     is vice chair.

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Dear comrades,

We, Coordinationgroup for Solidarity to the Peoples Resistance in Indonesia,
to support this action and calls on the General Suharto regime :

A. TO STOP PERSECUTION, ARRESTING and TORTURED OF PRD, SSDI/SMID, PPBI,
SPRIM,    MARI (Indonesian People's Congress), KIPP (Independent Comittee
for    Monitoring the  Election) ACTIVISTS
B. TO STOP POLITICAL REPRESSION IN INDONESIA
C. FREE  DITA SARI (PPBI), BUDIMAN SUDJATMIKO (PRD), WILSON (SPRIM) and ALL
POLITICAL PRISONERS
D. BANNED SUBVERSION LAW AND FREE ALL CHARGED ACTIVIST CAUSE OF 27 JULY 1996
E. SUPPORT FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY AND ORGANISATION

What are those the real reasons behind this protests, cause of targeted to
arrest the pro-democracy activists still going on.....!

Please send it to:

President of Republik Indonesia; Secretary of state; Fax: 345 2685
Minister of Foreign Affairs; Ali Alatas; Fax: 360 517; email:
Deplu at dfa-deplu.go.id
Minister of Politcal and social security Commander; Sosilo Sudarman, ph: 345
0918
Minister of Army Chief Commander; Cilangkap; Ph: 840 1210
Komnas HAM (National Commision of Human  Rights); Ph:(021) 470 07 74,
Fax:(021) 470 07 75
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