Saturday, October 10, 1998 Published at 13:56 GMT 14:56 UK
Indonesian rape counsellor murdered
Family members mourn beside Martadinata Haryono's coffin
A young ethnic Chinese Indonesian woman who had been counselling women raped during rioting in May has been found murdered at her home in Jakarta.
The body of Martadinata Haryono, 17, was found by her father on Friday night.
Miss Haryono and her mother both worked for Volunteers for Humanity, one of several groups established to counsel ethnic Chinese victims of the May unrest.
It was one of the first groups to bring attention to the issue of mass rapes.
The director of the Indonesian Women's Association for Justice Nursyahbani Katjasungkana said the message behind her murder was clear: "To stop Volunteers of Humanity from promoting human rights."
Human rights groups say that at least 168 women, mostly ethnic Chinese, were raped during the unrest in Indonesia, which killed 1,200 people and led to the resignation of President Suharto.
Climate of fear
They say up to 20 rape victims died of their injuries or committed suicide, and many survivors were too afraid to testify.
On Tuesday, activists from several groups complained of receiving death threats if they disclosed details of the rapes.
Associates said Miss Haryono and her mother had been preparing to travel to the US with some of the rape victims to testify before a human rights body. They said they saw the murder as a warning.
"People will now be afraid to tell anyone what happened during the riots. This is terrorising for Indonesia's ethnic Chinese," said Ester Indahyani Jusuf Lubis, leader of Serambi Nusa Bangsa, a group formed to fight racial discrimination.
During the May riots many businesses and homes of the ethnic Chinese minority were targeted by mobs.
The reports of mass rapes outraged Chinese communities around the world and resulted in calls for tough action by the governments of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.