UPDATE: INDONESIA: More Bandung detainees released


Urgent Appeal Case: UP-40-2001
ISSUES: Arbitrary arrest & detention, Freedom of assembly, Freedom of association, Police violence,

Dear Friends 

Thank you for your continued action for justice for the 19 persons arrested and detained in Bandung, Indonesia, for their legitimate protest against impoverishing labour laws and fuel prices. It seems that the cases against the 12 remaining in prison pending trial were found by the court to be so weak that all but 3 (Fransiskus Black, George Hormat and Normalinda) have been released on bail. The trials are continuing, but the 9 released are tasting freedom for the first time in 3 months. While this a boost for Mardiyono and the other young worker activists, they ask you to continue to pressure the Minister for Justice and Human Rights to intervene and drop all charges against the 19 persons arrested on June 15 at Polda Jawa Barat. 

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Dear Minister 

I am grateful to hear of the release on bail of 9 young workers who were being held at Polda Jawa Barat, after spending more than three months behind bars. It is my belief that they and the 10 other ‘Bandung Detainees’ are political prisoners, and are being charged for voicing their opposition to labour laws and oil prices that would impoverish many Indonesians already struggling to survive. I urge you to intervene to drop their cases, so that freedom of expression, association and assembly can be realised in democratic Indonesia. 

The 19 ‘Bandung Detainees’, arrested at the Police Headquarters of West Java (Polda Jawa Barat) on June 15 are: 
1. L.V. Mardiyono, 23, worker at PT Tiansi 
2. Normalinda, 22, student at UNPAD 
3. George Dominggus Hormat, 21, student at ITB 
4. Fransiskus Xavarius Farneubeun, 21, worker 
5. Kahpi, worker 
6. Albertus Budi Pratomo, 21, worker at PT MSP 
7. Hiskia Hartono, 31 
8. Edy Irwansah, 20, labourer at PT JM 
9. Maraden Sinaga, 23, student at UNDAP 
10. Deny Nugraha, 33, worker 
11. Wirya Wangsa Direja, 24, labourer 
12. Deny Kusmarna, labourer at PT Trijaya Utama 
13. Dindin Suherman, NGO worker at “Dewan Kota” 
14. Asep Ruhyat, NGO worker at “Dewan Kota” 
15. Andy Hartono, 22, student at ITB 
16. Anton Jauhari, student 
17. Donny Danudirjo, 21, student at ITB 
18. Yovi Wijaya, 21, student at ITB 
19. Sri Darwanti, 24, student at STSI 

I look forward to hearing news of the charges against these 19 being dropped, unless clear evidence can link them to crimes not associated with their peaceful and heartfelt protest against harsh work and living conditions. 


CC. President Megawati Sukarnoputri 
Secretary General Asmara Nababan 


Mr. Ihza Mahendra YUSRIL 
Minister of Justice and Human Rights 
Uahi Utoyo Usman S.H., Menteri Kehkiman, 
JI. H.R. Rosuna Said Kav. 6-7, 
Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia 
Fax: 62-21- 525 3095 
SALUTATION: Dear Minister 


Mrs. Megawati Sukarnoputri 
President, Republic of Indonesia 
Presidential Palace, Jakarta 
Istana Negara, Indonesia. 
Fax: (62 21) 345 7782 
SALUTATION: Your Excellency 

Mr. Asmara Nababan 
Secretary General 
Komnas HAM 
Jl. Latuharhary No. 4B Menteng 
Jakarta Pusat 
FAX: (62 21) 392 5227 
EMAIL: info@komnas.go.id 
SALUTATION: Dear Mr. Nababan