Saturday, January 08, 2005

MURDER, TORTURE AND RAPE IN ACEH

According to a spokesman for an Aceh non-government forum, an estimated 39,000 or more people disappeared between 1989 and 1998. As early as 1992, international human rights organisations such as Asia Watch and Amnesty reported that mass killings were taking place.

Mass graves were unearthed in August 1998 in the Aceh region, on the northern tip of Sumatra, pointing to the murder of thousands of people by the Indonesian military.

Baharuddin Lopa of the Indonesian government's National Commission on Human Rights recorded hundreds of cases of disappearances, torture and rape in Aceh. Lopa died suddenly, some time after making his report.

http://www.wsws.org/news/1998/aug1998/aceh-a28.shtml

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/1078087.stm

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