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INDONESIA: Reports of hampered investigations and alleged
extrajudicial executions strengthen the need for an international
* News Release Issued by the International Secretariat of Amnesty
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AI INDEX: ASA 21/174/99
27 September 1999
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
"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
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
"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
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
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and of international humanitarian law committed in a systematic manner,
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secure these sites;
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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
1 -- Over 100 conservationists descend on Board of Forestry
2 -- Slain protester's family files wrongful death suit
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.
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
A full article from the San Francisco Examiner follows.
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
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
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
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
Despite the annual protests, Pacific Lumber refused to set an adequate
policy on how employees should safely handle encounters with activists, it
Campbell has previously said the firm's policy requires employees to
notify their supervisors when they see activists and to refrain from
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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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
Reporters and other interested parties may contact Genetix Alert at:
phone: 619-584-6462, fax: 619-528-1449
PO Box 3992, San Diego, CA 92163, USA
contact: Jeffrey Tufenkian
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:
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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