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
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .