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(en) Urgent Action - Arrests in Jakarta

From will <will@swaggie.anarki.net>
Date Wed, 11 Mar 1998 14:57:40 +1000 (EST)

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 07:42:12 +0800
From: CAM Perth <camperth@odyssey.apana.org.au>
To: camperth@odyssey.apana.org.au
Subject: Urgent Action - Arrests in Jakarta

A peaceful protest was held on Tuesday morning, 10 March 1998, in Jakarta
against the re-appointment of Suharto as President of Indonesia.

The people who were arrested are:
1. Ratna Sarumpaet, coordinator of SIAGA (Solidarity for Amien Rais and
2. Ging Ginanjar. a freelance journalist and member of AJI, the independent
journalists alliance,
3. Alexius Suria Tjahaja Tomu, lawyer of PBHI, the legal aid and human
rights association,
4. Fathom Saulina, the daughter of Ratna Sarumpaet
5. Bonar Tigor Naipospos (Coki), Director of MIK, the Indonesian
Humanitarian Association,
6. Wira, a human rights defender of PIPHAM, a human rights educational group,
7. Joel Thaher,  artist, member of the theatre group "Satu Merah Panggung"
run by Ratna Sarumpaet.
8. Aspar Paturusi, artist
9. Adi Hermawan.

They have been charged with:
1. Article 501 of the Criminal Code - for holding a public event without
2. Law Number 5/1969 (previously a presidential decree from 1963). This
proscribes what is acceptable political activity and punishes those who
engage in unacceptable political activity with five years imprisonment.

Recently, the authorities outlawed gatherings of more than five people.

Indonesian police detained the nine activists after a pro-democracy event
in north Jakarta on Tuesday that was timed to coincide with the election of
President Suharto to a seventh five-year term. They are currently being
interrogated in the Central Jakarta Metro Police Station.

The meeting was attended by about 150 people including foreign diplomats.
It was called the People's General Assembly in opposition to the official
People's Consultative Assembly - MPR - that elected Suharto.

"After a short oration by Ratna Sarumpaet and singing of the national
anthem, we declared that we would disperse and when we left the pavilion,
the security forces attacked and took us away," said Tigor, one of the

Sarumpaet (actress and playwright) is a leading activist with the SIAGA
group which supports the outspoken Muslim leader Amien Rais and ousted
minority party leader, Megawati Sukarnoputri. A group of activists tried to
surround Sarumpaet and escort her to her car after she gave a pro-democracy
speech, and police detained all those around her in a scuffle.

Urgent Action

Please fax/telegram letters; in Bahasa Indonesia, English, or your own
language; urging that:
1. The nine people be released immediately and unconditionally because they
are being detained only for expressing their political beliefs peacefully.
2. The charges against them be withdrawn.

Please send your appeals immediately to:

1. Central Jakarta Metropolitan Police station where they are currently
being detained and interrogated:
Brig. Gen. Hamaminata
[Salutation: Dear Brig. Gen. Hamaminata]
Polda Central Jakarta (Metropolitan Police)
Jl. Jend. Sudirman No. 45,
fax: + 62 21 570 9250
This is a fax/telephone number - you might have to telephone for a short
time to tell them a fax is coming.

2. Chief Of National Police
Lt. Gen. Dibyo Widodo
[Salutation: Dear Lt. Gen. Dibyo Widodo]
Markas Besar Kepolisian RI
Jl. Trunojoyo 13
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan
Telegrams:       Lt.Gen Dibyo Widodo, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
Fax:             +62 21 726 0306; 62 21 720 7277

3. Newspapers in Jakarta.
Human rights workers in Jakarta have asked people to also fax their letters
to newspapers in Jakarta - making their request to the police also a public
        Kompas newspaper        fax     + 62 21 548 6085
                                        or      + 62 21 548 3581
        Jakarta Post            fax     + 62 21 549 2685
                                        or      + 62 21 530 6971

4. If possible, please send copies to:
Attorney General
Agung Singgih S.H.
Jaksa Agung
Jl. Sultan Hasanuddin No.1
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan
Tel/Fax:   62 21 720 8557

Please do not send appeals after 30 March 1998.

Shane Guthrie
Campaign Against Militarism (Perth)
PO Box 186, Northbridge, WA, 6865, Australia
email <camperth@odyssey.apana.org.au>

Australian Anti-Militarism Web Site
NEW ADDRESS from February 1998


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