Indonesia: OCHA Daily sitrep on Aceh No. 13
Police have named 43 persons linked with separatist movement as suspects for treason. The province's police chief stated on Tuesday (27 May) that their cases would soon be handed over to the prosecutor's office. He said he would suggest their sentence to be directly implemented soon after it was given. The central government agreed on Tuesday (27 May) to send another 50 prosecutors to Aceh to handle treason cases for those who would be brought to trial for supporting activities of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM).
TNI Commander in Jakarta, Gen Endriartono Sitarto, mentioned on Tuesday (27 May) in Jakarta that President Megawati has given strong indication to grant amnesty for GAM members who voluntarily surrenders to the government. The General added separately that he would severely punish any troops who violate orders in the field, monitoring activities of his troops through eyes of the media as witnesses.
The Jakarta Post reported on Wednesday (28 May) that Head of PMI for the Province, Sanusi Maha, mentioned on Tuesday (27 May) that humanitarian problems in Aceh seems to increase as it is facing shortages of medicine and food to help the displaced in the province. He said that PMI lacked medicine and blood supplies for IDPs and people wounded in the violence. Sanusi said the organization had distributed aid to the displaced taking shelter in Pidie, Bireuen and Aceh Besar, where most armed conflict between TNI and GAM has occurred thus far. PMI has so far deployed about 600 volunteers to all districts across Aceh. According to the Ministry of Social Affairs, about 20,570 IDPs were accounted in Aceh as of Tuesday (27 May).
Following a letter issued by Minister of Peoples Welfare on 26 May, BAKORNAS PBP issued another letter this afternoon stating, "all activities currently carried out in the province should be coordinated with the relevant agencies at the central level and all foreign personnel, for the time being, should not conduct any activities in Aceh".
2. Humanitarian actors:
UN: OCHA, UNICEF, WHO, WFP
NGOs: CARDI, ICMC, OXFAM, PBI, SC US
Other Organizations: ICRC, PMI
Government: SATKORLAK PBP, Provincial Departments of Health, Public Works and Social Affairs.
3. Humanitarian assistance by sector
According to the information received form the Crisis CentrE (CC) at the Provincial Health Department (PHD) on 28 May 2003, there are now 5,661 families totalling to 21,252 persons of whom 788 infants, 2,745 children of age between 1 to 5 years, 884 pregnant women and 674 elderly still present as IDPs in Aceh Jaya, Aceh Tengah, Aceh Barat, Aceh Selatan, Aceh Tamiang, Kota Lhokseumawe, Aceh Timur and Aceh Bireuen districts. This is the first report, which includes data received from Aceh Bireuen district where 36 families (171 persons) are present as IDPs.
No change to be reported.
WHO reported that 11 facilitators arrived in Banda Aceh on Wednesday (28 May) for Advanced Trauma Life Support and Basic Trauma Life Support training for health staff in Aceh. The training would start on 29 May lasting for 3 days in Banda Aceh. A total of 80 participants would attend the training from the districts in various batches.
Unicef received information from the Provincial Department of Education that from 19 to 28 May, a total of 425 schools have been burnt in Aceh province. Out of this, Pidie -207, Bireuen-131, Aceh Besar- 28, Aceh Timur -31, Aceh Jaya 15 and the rest in 4 other districts.
Operational issues (logistics)
Nothing to report.
Constraints (access, funding, staffing)
No change to be reported.
TNI Spokesman, Lt. Col. AY Basuki, reported on Tuesday (27 May) that 11 GAM members killed, 5 arrested, 1 surrendered and 5 arms confiscated on the ninth day of the security operations in Aceh. The 11 GAM members were gunned down in two separate incidents that occurred in Blang Dalam village, South Aceh and Kampong Teungoh village, Pantai Cermin sub-district, West Aceh.
5 GAM members were arrested in Jakarta and North Sumatra on Tuesday (27 May) according to police sources. Police in Jakarta explained that the GAM member captured was a high level personnel within the movement responsible for spreading GAM's propaganda internationally.
TNI officials reported that as of Tuesday (27 May), 16 GAM members in Great Aceh Districts have surrendered to TNI and pledged assurance to rejoin with the Republic.
6. Any other matters
CARDI: Consortium for Assistance to Refugees
and Displaced in Indonesia
ICMC: International Catholic Migration Commission
PBI: Peace Brigade International
JSC: Joint Security Committee
GAM: Free Aceh Movement
SATKORLAK PBP: Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster and IDPs/Refugees
TNI: Indonesian Armed Forces
CC: Crisis Centre
(PHD): Provincial Health Department (PHD)
PMI: Indonesian Red Cross
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