Timor militia accused of sex-slavery

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Subject: Timor militia accused of sex-slavery
From: Jeffrey D. Ballinger (jeffreyd@mindspring.com)
Date: Mon May 31 1999 - 14:07:56 EDT


>The Australian
>1 June 99
>
>Timor militia accused of sex-slavery
>
>By JOHN ZUBRZYCKI
>
>DILI: Disturbing reports have emerged from East Timor that women are being
>used as sex slaves by a pro-Indonesia militia as part of a campaign to
>cleanse areas that support independence.
>
>A document from the National Council for the East Timor Resistance (CNRT),
>which has been obtained by The Australian, contains detailed information
>including names of women who have been forced into slavery and other people
>who have been killed or tortured by the militia.
>
>The document dated May 28 and signed by Ete Uco Terbatim, the CNRT head of
>Region Four, which takes in areas of the province bordering West Timor also
>reports that preparations are being made for a major offensive by militia
>groups, supported by the Indonesian military, after the June 7 national
>election. It says women from the villages of Ulmera, Fahi Lebo and Leorema,
>near the town of Hatolia, about 60km south of Dili, have been taken from
>their families and forced to work for the militia during the day.
>
>"At night our sisters are forced to offer their bodies for the wishes of the
>militia. This is incorrect and violent," says the document, which is written
>in Portuguese. "The militia are destroying houses, killing, raping and
>terrorising the people they find in the villages. The people are forced to
>evacuate to the forest. Those unable to evacuate were captured and submitted
>to interrogation and torture."
>
>An annex to the report contains the names of more than 60 people affected by
>the violence over a 10-day period, including about a dozen who have been
>confirmed dead.
>
>The CNRT report says the violence and intimidation is being carried out by
>the Naga Merah (Red Dragon) militia, under the command of "Lucas", to root
>out pro-independence sympathisers.
>
>It tallies with other information collected by church groups and submitted to
>the UN Assistance Mission for East Timor (UNAMET) in Dili. A UNAMET electoral
>survey team on Saturday visited the area, but has yet to deliver its report.
>Sources close to the UN said it had made some "disturbing" findings.
>
>The CNRT document also alleges a member of the Forum for Unity, Democracy and
>Justice, the political front of the militias, met with the chief of police in
>Gleno on May 24 and advised the militia to hide weapons ahead of the UN
>team's arrival in the town.
>
>UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has until mid-June to decide whether
>conditions in East Timor are conducive to an August 8 ballot on autonomy for
>the territory.
>
>Meanwhile, the Popular Council for the Defence of the Democratic Republic of
>East Timor has called for the complete withdrawal of Indonesian troops from
>the territory ahead of the August vote.
>
>The situation in Dili yesterday remained tense ahead of an expected militia
>sweep of the city to check voter registration cards.
>


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