Indonesian Military Accused of Inaction While Witnessing Rape
An ad hoc tribunal investigating the involvement of 18 Indonesian military and police officials in massacres resulting in 1,000 deaths during and following East Timor’s 1999 vote for independence heard the first testimony Tuesday from an East Timorese. Dominggas dos Santos Mouzinho, 44, testified that Indonesian soldiers and police witnessed the rape of her daughter by pro-Jakarta militia but refused to intervene on the daughter’s behalf. Mouzinho charged that contrary to excuses of uncontrollable mob violence, five officers watched passively while pro-Jakarta militia – who earlier that day raided a church and killed 27 pro-independence refugees – raped her daughter after the family fled to the local military headquarters seeking refuge. Prosecutors also accuse the Indonesian military of supporting and training the militia gangs.
Media Resources: UN Wire, 5/28/02; Associated Press, 5/28/02
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .