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Timorese visit human rights commission

Tapol - June 15, 1998

Thirty East Timorese visited Komnas HAM, the National Commission on Human Rights today to complain about the brutal attack on their peaceful demonstration last Friday.

More than four hundred East Timorese who came to Jakarta to take part in the action at the Indonesian Foreign Minister on Friday are still in the capital and are staying at the secretariat of the Catholic students organisation, PMKRI.

Tapol was informed that they had intended to visit Komnas HAM en masse but were unable to do because troops were on guard outside the building. 'We wanted to avoid any further confrontation with the Indonesian army,' one activist told Tapol. A member of the Commission, Margun, visited the East Timorese later in the day to hear their grievances.

The Timorese plan to visit Justice Minister Muladi later this week to press their demand for the release of all East Timorese political prisoners, including the resistance leader, Xanana Gusmao, who is currently serving a 20-year sentence in Cipinang Prison, Jakarta.