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      INDONESIA: Reports of hampered investigations and alleged
      extrajudicial executions strengthen the need for an international
      independent inquiry

      * News Release Issued by the International Secretariat of Amnesty
      International *
      News Service 182/99
      AI INDEX: ASA 21/174/99
      27 September 1999

      East Timor

      Reports of hampered investigations and alleged extrajudicial executions
      strengthen the need for an international independent inquiry

      (Darwin) -- Amnesty International is concerned about reports of lack of
      co-operation by the Indonesian authorities into on-going investigations
      of killings in East Timor, including that of murdered Dutch journalist
      Sander Thoenes.

      "Indonesia's past record into investigating human rights violations
      leaves a lot to be desired," Amnesty International said. "If Indonesian
      authorities are going to be involved, they should not try to block any
      investigations, intimidate witnesses or destroy evidence."

      According to recent reports, retreating TNI forces extrajudicially
      executed seven people, including two Catholic nuns, Sisters Erminia
      Cazzanaige and Celeste de Carvalho, together with Fathers Bernardo and
      Jacinto, who were killed between Baucau and Los Palos around 26 or 27
      September.

      These reports, while still unconfirmed by Amnesty International, are
      consistent with a pattern of unlawful killings believed to have taken
      place throughout the whole of East Timor. They are also consistent with
      the wider picture of the specific targetting of high risk groups, such
      as religious workers, by TNI and militia forcing them to flee into West
      Timor.

      "These incidents again highlight the urgent need for the UN Secretary
      General to ensure credible investigations into suspected crimes against
      humanity and war crimes are independent, credible and effective,"
      Amnesty International said. "Immediate steps must be taken by UNAMET and
      INTERFET to secure evidence and ensure protection for witnesses until
      proper investigations can take place."

      The above reports only serve to strengthen the following Amnesty
      International concerns:

      The UN Secretary General must ensure that the Commission of Inquiry,
      called for by the UN Commission on Human Rights, is genuinely
      international, able to act independently of the Indonesian government
      and national institutions, and is given the necessary resources and
      expertise.

      In relation to evidence that might indicate violations of human rights
      and of international humanitarian law committed in a systematic manner,
      UNAMET and INTERFET should:

      ‚ secure these sites;

      ‚ ensure that timely exhumations and investigations are carried out by
      forensic and other experts;

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      purposes, but also for any judicial action to be carried out against
      those responsible in national courts, under the principle of universal
      jurisdiction, or under a specially created international tribunal;

      ‚ ensure protection for witnesses.

      Examples like these show the urgent need for evidence to be collected
      now.

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      Portuguese, please contact, Judit Arenas in Darwin on: + 44 (0)468 92397
      or + 61 (0)419 006 817 or call Amnesty International's press office in
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      H E A D W A T E R S . F O R E S T . U P D A T E
      09-29-99

      1 -- Over 100 conservationists descend on Board of Forestry
      2 -- Slain protester's family files wrongful death suit
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      1
      BOARD OF FORESTRY UPDATE:
      OVER 100 CONSERVATIONISTS DESCEND ON BoF --
      BOARD PROPOSES CHANGES TO GOVERNOR'S PROPOSALS

      Over 100 friends of the forests, fish, and rivers descended on the
      California Board of Forestry on September 14 to demand stronger
      environmental protections in Governor Davis' proposed changes to the
      state's logging laws.
      The timber industry was also out in force and joined environmentalists
      in criticizing the governor's plans -- but from the completely opposite
      direction. Industry officials and landowners complained that the governor's
      proposals, which would tighten some logging restrictions in those
      watersheds that are already listed as threatened or impaired, are
      unnecessary and economically burdensome.
      Conservation-minded members of the public contended that the proposals
      don't go nearly far enough, pointing out that the proposed streamside
      protections don't come anywhere near the guidelines federal scientists have
      recommended. The Board is required to uphold federal law, and
      conservationists have emphasized that the governor's proposals were
      insufficient to meet basic legal requirements under the Endangered Species
      Act and Clean Water Act.
      The National Marine Fisheries Service, the federal agency ultimately
      responsible for protecting endangered salmon, proposed their own
      alternative language to address some of the shortcomings of the governor's
      proposals. This language makes some improvements, although fails to include
      clearly defined no-cut buffer zones around streams.
      After hearing nearly eight hours of testimony and receiving more than
      1,200 pages of written comments, the Board elected to delay its decision
      until its regularly scheduled October meeting. We'll keep you posted.
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      2
      DAVID "GYPSY" CHAIN'S FAMILY FILES
      WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT AGAINST PACIFIC LUMBER, LOGGER

      The family of David "Gypsy" Chain, the Earth First! activists killed last
      year, has filed suit against Pacific Lumber Company and A.E. Ammons, the
      logger who felled the tree that killed Gypsy.
      The family was forced to take actions into their own hands after the
      Humboldt County District Attorney's office cleared the company and the
      logger of any wrongdoing, and the Justice Department declined to
      investigate. The DA said he didn't think that Ammons knew the protestors
      were there, in spite of witnesses' statements to the contrary and the
      videotaped interaction between the protesters and the logger shortly before
      the tree was felled.
      The lawsuit claims the company failed to take adequate safety
      precautions, especially necessary for a company constantly at the center of
      protests. An activist present at Gypsy's death videotaped Ammons screaming
      at protestors, chasing them with his chainsaw, and threatening to send the
      tree in their direction. Ammons had a history of making violent threats
      against protestors, yet, according to the lawsuit, the company "continued
      to...allow him to work in an environment that could offer him the
      opportunity to act upon his well-known threats of death and violence
      towards activists."
      A full article from the San Francisco Examiner follows.
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      Saturday, September 11, 1999
      San Francisco Examiner

      LUMBER COMPANY SUED FOR LOGGING ACCIDENT
      Protester's parents say Pacific Lumber caused son's death

      By Seth Rosenfeld of the Examiner staff

      The parents of the man who was crushed to death by a felled tree while
      protesting Pacific Lumber Co.'s logging of ancient redwoods have sued the
      Northern California firm alleging the company caused his death.
      The suit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Oakland, claims
      Pacific Lumber should have known protesters were on its property but failed
      to take adequate safety precautions, leading to the death last year of
      environmentalist David Nathan Chain in the Headwaters Forest.
      "I think my son would still be alive today except for the way they
      carried out their policy," said his father, David Allen Chain, a paint
      supervisor for a firm that makes oil tanks in Pasadena, Texas, near
      Houston. "They ought to be held responsible for it."
      The complaint claims Pacific Lumber officials also knew that the logger
      who cut the fatal tree soon after threatening Chain had violent tendencies,
      but failed to control him.
      The logger, Arlington Earl "A.E." Ammons, was aware that the protesters
      were around and felled the tree "at the activists," out of the usual order
      and without warning, it says.
      Ammons and his assistant, Rhett Reback, had a radio and a cell phone
      and could have called security personnel to remove the activists, it says.
      John Campbell, Pacific Lumber's president, said Friday he would not
      comment on the complaint until he had read it. But he noted that the
      Humboldt County district attorney and sheriff had investigated and declined
      to file charges against the firm or its employees.
      "It's flat out ridiculous," Reback, 21, said when told of the suit. "We
      had no clue that they were out there. We didn't do nothing unusual in any
      way about falling that tree.
      "There is no way that any us who work out in the woods would
      intentionally hurt an Earth Firster, even though we don't like them," he
      added.
      Ammons, 52, could not be reached for comment Friday. He has previously
      said he thought the activists had left, that he yelled a warning before
      cutting the tree and didn't mean to hit them with it.
      The complaint accuses Scotia-based Pacific Lumber, Campbell, Ammons and
      Reback of the wrongful death of Chain, negligence and violations of the
      Unruh Civil Rights Act, a state law that bars violence based on race,
      religion or political affiliation. It seeks an unspecified amount for
      medical and funeral costs and other damages.
      The suit contends Pacific Lumber encouraged the anti-logging protests
      in a scheme to enhance the perceived value of the Headwaters Forest and
      boost the price state and federal officials paid for the property.
      Federal and state officials paid $480 million in March as part of deal
      for the land, which boasts one of the world's last large groves of ancient
      redwoods.
      Campbell called the contention that the firm had encouraged protests
      "nonsense." He countered that Chain and the other protesters "were
      trespassing and were trained by Earth First."
      Eureka lawyer Steven Schectman, who brought the suit on behalf of
      Chain's parents, acknowledged that Chain and the other protesters were
      trained in nonviolent civil disobedience by Earth First, an environmental
      group known for sit-ins on lumber company property.
      But while Chain was ready to accept the legal consequences of
      trespassing, Schectman said, "you don't get a free pass to kill somebody
      for trespass."
      Chain, who was 24 years old and had planned to go to medical school,
      was killed Sept. 17, 1998, when he and seven other protesters hiked onto
      Pacific Lumber property to protest what they believed was illegal logging,
      the suit says.
      They were part of a decade-long tradition of environmental protest in
      which activists have trespassed more than 17,000 times on Pacific Lumber
      property, resulting in more than 2,500 trespass citations, it says.
      No activist was ever convicted for an act of violence or resisting
      arrest, the suit says, though Pacific Lumber employees often engaged in
      violence against forest activists.
      "Death, however, was not the result of any of these actions, and
      activists did not anticipate death as one of the risks" of protesting, it
      says.
      Despite the annual protests, Pacific Lumber refused to set an adequate
      policy on how employees should safely handle encounters with activists, it
      says.
      Campbell has previously said the firm's policy requires employees to
      notify their supervisors when they see activists and to refrain from
      confrontations.
      The morning he died, Chain and his fellow protesters encountered Ammons
      and Reback cutting trees.
      The activists approached Ammons in a peaceful way to try to get them to
      stop logging, the suit says. But Ammons responded by screaming obscenities
      and violent threats and chasing them.
      Within an hour, Ammons cut a 120-foot redwood tree that killed Chain,
      the suit says.
      Pacific Lumber never disciplined Ammons, even though his threats of
      physical violence were recorded on videotape, it says. Ammons had often
      boasted that he would hurt or kill any activists around his logging
      operations, it says, but the firm "continued to...allow him to work in an
      environment that could offer him the opportunity to act upon his well-known
      threats of death and violence towards activists."
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      GENETIX ALERT

      NEWS RELEASE

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Date: September 29, 1999
      Contact: Jeffrey Tufenkian 619-584-6462

      UNDERGROUND GROUP MAKES FIFTH RAID ON GENETIC ENGINEERING SITES:
      Sixth Anti-GE Action in US This Month

      [US]-The anti-genetic engineering (GE) group, "Reclaim the Seeds," conducted
      its fifth action against GE crops at a University of California (UC) campus
      early yesterday morning according to an anonymous communique released today.
      The group destroyed five rows of transgenic melons, sixteen rows of
      transgenic walnut trees, sixty rows of pesticide-ridden tomatoes as well as
      removed two pieces of research equipment at two UC-Davis GE facilities.
      The incident-which targeted the Department of Plant Pathology (DPP) and the
      Center for Engineering Plants for Resistance Against Pathogens (CEPRAP)-was
      the sixth anti-GE action this month by two different groups, following three
      previous events in California and two in Minnesota.
      "The University of California at Davis has one of the largest transgenic
      research programs in the world," said conservative organic farmer Johnna
      Appleseed. "From tomatoes and trees to primates and mice, UC provides the
      biotech industry with lucrative data at public expense. Reclaim the Seeds
      says enough is enough, and our actions speak louder than words. Nonviolent
      direct action is a most powerful force. Resistance to genetic engineering
      is as transnational as capital."
      The action by Reclaim the Seeds is part of a growing worldwide rejection of
      genetically engineered (GE) crops and of the handful of transnational
      corporations like Monsanto, Novartis and DuPont which are attempting to
      manipulate the future of the world's agriculture and food supply in order to
      bolster their own profits. In the last year there have been over forty acts
      of crop destruction in Great Britain, others in India and at least eleven
      such actions in the US since the spring-two in California in late July and
      one each in Vermont, California and Maine in August, two in Minnesota and
      four in California this month.

      Details of past anti-GE actions are available at www.tao.ca/~ban/ar.htm.
      Genetix Alert is an independent news center which works with other
      above-ground, anti-genetic engineering organizations. GA has no knowledge
      of the person(s) who carryout any underground actions. GA does not advocate
      illegal acts, but seeks to explain why people destroy genetically engineered
      crops and undertake other nonviolent actions aimed at resisting genetic
      engineering and increasing the difficulty for entities which seek to advance
      genetic engineering or its products. GA spokespeople are available for
      media interviews.

      Reporters and other interested parties may contact Genetix Alert at:
      phone: 619-584-6462, fax: 619-528-1449
      email: jeffrey@...
      PO Box 3992, San Diego, CA 92163, USA
      contact: Jeffrey Tufenkian

      (communique follows)


      Reclaim the Seeds Communique: September 28, 1999

      For Immediate Release-September 28, 1999
      Reclaim the Seeds Carries Out Fifth Raid on GE Crops
      Davis, CA-The anti-genetic engineering (GE) group Reclaim the Seeds
      conducted its fifth action against GE crops at a University of California
      (UC) campus early this morning. Five rows of transgenic melons, 16 rows of
      transgenic walnut trees, 60 rows of pesticide-ridden tomatoes, and two
      pieces of research equipment were removed from the biotech agenda of
      UC-Davis's Department of Plant Pathology (DPP) and the Center for
      Engineering Plants for Resistance Against Pathogens (CEPRAP). The incident
      was the fifth in as many weeks, following three previous events in Davis and
      one in Berkeley.
      "The University of California at Davis has one of the largest transgenic
      research programs in the world. From tomatoes and trees to primates and
      mice, UC provides the biotech industry with lucrative data at public
      expense. Reclaim the Seeds says enough is enough, and our actions speak
      louder than words," said conservative organic farmer Johnna Appleseed.
      "Nonviolent direct action is a most powerful force."
      The DPP and CEPRAP share the same address, field facilities, and at least
      one similar research focus: to manipulate the genetic code of plants in
      order to repel pests and disease, and/or to tolerate specific pesticides.
      However, substantial scientific evidence points out the dangers of this
      agenda: the creation of 'super-pests' which are resistant to ever-increasing
      levels of pesticides; the cross-pollination of organic plants with mutant
      genes; the negative impact on wildlife and human health; and the instability
      of GE crops, a serious threat to the world's food security.
      Of particular concern are the multiple permits for bioengineering resistance
      to Lepidopterans (butterflies) into fruit and nut trees through the
      insecticide Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). In light of the landmark Cornell
      University study which concluded that Bt corn pollen was lethal to Monarch
      butterflies, this is totally unacceptable.
      Researchers at UCD have received numerous permits for GE field experiments
      from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including such crops as tomatoes,
      melons, walnuts, apples, persimmons, corn, and rice (view USDA permits at
      http://www.aphis.usda.gov/bbep/bp/). In addition, biotech corporations such
      as Monsanto and AgrEvo conduct field experiments using campus facilities, as
      well as staff and students.
      The plot of tomatoes targeted this morning was sprayed with the toxic
      pesticide Bravo Chlorothalonil. Judging from past denials of both UC-Davis
      and Berkeley about the nature of their research, we removed a sign from the
      plot which details this reckless pesticide use in case we need to prove it.
      For more information or directions to the site, contact DPP or CEPRAP at:
      One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616. The field is on Old
      Davis Road near the juncture of Interstate 80 and Highway 113.

      Relevant web sites include:
      http://ceprap.ucdavis.edu/links.htm
      http://www.biotech.ucdavis.edu/home/BioTechPrgm.asp
      http://www.tao.ca/~ban/

      Reclaim the Seeds Statement: September 28, 1999
      ------------------------------------------------

      If you care about wildlife and think the natural world is fine without
      mutant genes, you should resist genetic engineering.
      If you care about social justice and don't want to poison farm workers with
      pesticides and herbicides, you should resist genetic engineering.
      If you care about biological and cultural diversity as opposed to a global
      corporate monoculture, you should resist genetic engineering.
      If you care about laboratory animals and don't want researchers creating
      hybrid genetic monsters, you should resist genetic engineering.
      If you eat food, you should resist genetic engineering.
      If not you, then who? If not now, when?
      Resistance to genetic engineering is as transnational as capital.
      --Johnna Appleseed for Reclaim the Seeds.
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