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Introduction
1.
By a letter dated I February 1991, the Government of Indonesia extended
an invitation to the Special Rapporteur appointed by the Commission on Human
Rights to examine questions relevant to torture to visit that country; by a
letter dated 9 August 1991 the Government accepted the suggestion that the
visit would "include the territory of East Timor". The visit took place
from 4 to 16 November 1991; it included meetings, discussions and visits in
Jakarta (from 4 to 8 and from 14 to 16 November), and meetings, discussions
and visits in Dili, East Timor (from 11 to 13 November). At a rather late
stage, on 14 October 1991, the Special Rapporteur requested the Indonesian
authorities to include the province of Aceh in his visit, in the light of
reports which he had received containing allegations of torture there.
However, by letter dated 25 October 1991, the Government turned down that
request, "due to the shortage of time and the heavy schedule of the officials
concerned". The Government nevertheless added that "it would be pleased to
consider arrangements at a more convenient time".
2.
The meetings held in Jakarta are described in section I of the present
report. Section II describes the background and legal and institutional
framework in which the visit took place. The visit to East Timor is described
in section III, and section IV contains the Special Rapporteur's conclusions
and recommendations.
I.

MEETINGS IN JAKARTA

3.
In Jakarta, the Special Rapporteur was received twice
(on 4 and 16 November 1991) by the Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Mr. Ali Alatas. He held discussions with the Coordinator Minister for
Political and Security Affairs, Mr. Sudomo, the Minister of Interior,
Mr. Rudini, the Attorney-General, Mr. Singgih, the Chief of the Prisons
Service at the Department of Justice, Mr. A. Sanusi Has, the Commander of the
Indonesian Armed Forces, Gen. Try Sutrisno and the Chief of National Police,
Lt. Gen. Kunarto. The Special Rapporteur also met and held informal
discussions with several directors general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
and in particular the Director General for Political Affairs, Mr. S. Wiryono,
the Director General for Socio-Cultural Relations and Information Affairs,
Mr. P. Demanik, the Director General of International Organizations,
Mr. H. Wayarabi and the Head of Research and Development Agency,
Mr. S. Hadipranowo.
4.
Two of the officials with whom the Special Rapporteur had requested to
hold discussions were unavailable: the Minister of Justice was out of the
country and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Indonesia conveyed to
the Special Rapporteur that he saw no point in meeting with him since the
Special Rapporteur had organized several meetings with representatives of the
executive branch from whom he could obtain all the information he needed.
5.
In addition to meetings with officials, the Special Rapporteur also met
and held discussions with representatives of several non-governmental human
rights organizations. In particular, he held lengthy discussions with the

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