A young woman who counseled ethnic Chinese rape victims was found dead in her Indonesian home from multiple stab wounds and a cut through her throat.
New York-based Human Rights Watch demanded an investigation into the murder and requested that the government provide "better protection" for counselors helping victims raped and tortured during the May riots.
Martadinata Haryono, 17, was a counselor with the Volunteers for Humanity group. Her 20-year-old male neighbor has been arrested for the crime.
Women's rights activists have argued that the murder of Haryono was not a random act of violence. They believe an intimidation campaign is building in the area. Many activists, including Haryono's mother, have received death threats due to their involvement with the some 168 rape victims in the riots.
Human Rights Watch called on the government to take action on Haryono's killing and the death threats women are receiving, saying they have "an obligation to conduct fully transparent investigations."
The occurrence of rapes has been acknowledged by the government, however the military and police believe have stated that their is no evidence of wide-spread sexual assault.
Media Resources: AP and Nando.net - October 12, 1998
8/31/2015 Chicago Activists Continue Hunger Strike to Save Predominately Black Public High School - Chicago residents have entered the second week of their hunger strike protesting the closure of Dyett High School, in the predominately African-American Bronzeville neighborhood located on the South Side of Chicago.
Parents and community members are calling on the Chicago Board of Education to keep Dyett - the only open-enrollment, neighborhood school in its area - open and accept a community plan to revitalize the school with a focus on science and green technology. . . .
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .