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Tuesday, July 14, 1998 Published at 10:03 GMT 11:03 UK


Indonesian activists report mass rapes

Women of Chinese descent tried to hide from rioters

A civil rights organisation in Indonesia has said it has strong evidence that 20 ethnic Chinese women and children who died during the unrest that led to the overthrow of President Suharto were raped and sexually assaulted.

Volunteers for Humanity said that it had received more than 160 reports of rapes from the start of the rioting in May until early this month.

It has given detailed reports of the rapes, most of which took place in north and west Jakarta where a large number of ethnic Chinese live, to the National Commission on Human Rights.

In a statement last week, the commission directly accused the Indonesian Government of security lapses, allowing the rapes to become widespread. It also demanded a public apology for the failure to protect people.

The authorities in Jakarta have denied any rapes occurred, but an investigation has been ordered.



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