BRONTOK wrote:kisah James Yee sih gak perlu dibanggain lah, itu cuma sepenggal kisah nyata yg meramaikan sejarah US yg katanya negara demokrasi tetapi cuma basa-basi...dan khususnya rasisme tetap ada khusunya terhadap keturunan Cina
he he he..!! lho gak usah berkokok ria dech..
dasar kuman diseberang lautan keliatan, tapi gajah dikelopak mata gak tahu apa pura-pura gak tau..??
By JEREMY WAGSTAFF and JAY SOLOMON
Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Grisly pictures of Indonesian Chinese rape victims
circulating over the Internet and published in major newspapers have stoked
international outrage in the last two weeks. The problem: Some of the
pictures are fake.
Indonesian human-rights groups fear these fakes could create a backlash in
Indonesia and undermine an investigation into what they say were the
systematic gang rapes of ethnic Chinese during riots in May.
These groups allege that people in government and the military used racism
to instigate the riots so they could clamp down on dissent against former
Indonesians are already skeptical about the rape allegations, and the fake
pictures are likely to make them more so.
Indonesian police chief Lt. Gen. Roesmanhadi threatened Monday to charge
human-rights groups with disseminating false information if they cannot
produce evidence to back their assertion that as many as 168 women were
Widespread publication of the fakes by activists on the Internet, meanwhile,
"is confusing things and discrediting our investigation," said Sandyawan
Sumardi, a Catholic priest and the leader of the Indonesian volunteer
organization that first reported the accounts of rape.
"If they continue, it'll become very dangerous for the Chinese community
To be sure, even new President B.J. Habibie concedes Chinese Indonesians
were raped and beaten.
Mobs looted and burned their houses during the worst three days of the
riots, which forced Mr. Suharto to resign after three decades of autocratic
rule. Angry about a sick economy and rising prices, the mobs targeted the
Chinese minority, from the tycoons who control some of Indonesia's biggest
corporations to shopkeepers. According to the government, 1,200 people died,
most of them non-Chinese looters burned alive in shopping malls.
Reports of the rapes didn't surface until June but have spread rapidly,
largely via a growing number of websites dedicated to highlighting the
plight of Indonesian Chinese. Newspapers in Hong Kong and elsewhere ran the
pictures, describing them as photos of rape victims.
That the pictures have been accepted so readily illustrates the growing
power of computers and the Internet. At least some of the pictures
circulating -- there are at least 15 -- were culled from an Asian
pornography web site, a gruesome U.S.-based exhibition of gory photos, and
an East Timorese exile homepage on the Internet.
Two pictures portray a woman being raped by two men; several show men in
army fatigues abusing a naked woman with sticks, cigarette butts and ropes.
The most gruesome shows a naked and bloody woman, apparently dead, violated
with a broom handle.
Copies of two widely circulated pictures of a woman apparently being raped
by two men turn up in a subscription-based pornographic Web site called
"Sexy Asian Schoolgirls." The picture files are dated December, making it
unlikely the pictures could be of events during the May riots in Jakarta,
although it is remotely possible since dates on a computer can be faked. The
host of the site wasn't available for comment.
Other photographs have a more complex pedigree. The pictures of men in
uniform abusing a woman with sticks, cigarette butts and ropes belong to a
batch of pictures that also purport to show the rape of East Timorese women
by Indonesian soldiers.
East Timorese groups overseas say the pictures were smuggled out in November
and have nothing to do with the May riots. (The Indonesian government, and
some independent observers, have also questioned these pictures'
authenticity, saying they were staged to promote the aims of East Timorese
separatists fighting for independence from Indonesia.)
"There's been a massive mix-up. I've been trying to find out who is
circulating the photos. Someone is misusing them," said Judith Clarke of the
East Timor International Support Centre in Darwin, Australia. Its Web site
has carried the pictures since late last year and Ms. Clarke says the
organization believes the pictures to be genuine evidence of Indonesian
human-rights abuses -- but only in East Timor.
The gruesome picture of an apparently dead woman naked and covered in blood
can be found at Gore Gallery, hosted by a 24-year-old resident of Houston,
Texas named Michael Hames. Mr. Hames said the photograph had been in his
possession for at least nine months and doesn't depict an Indonesian rape
victim. "This picture has been floating around the U.S. for ages," he said.
Ita Nadia, a women's rights worker who says she has interviewed some of the
victims of the May riots, was quoted in Hong Kong's South China Morning Post
newspaper as saying the picture is genuine. She declined to comment for this
The origin and content of other pictures are harder to verify. Two, posted
on one site as "Bodies of raped Huaren [Chinese] women," apparently show two
separate, badly burned women, but it's impossible to verify from the
pictures whether the women have been raped or even if they are Chinese.
"We are confident the pictures were taken in May in Jakarta and suggest
rape, but we don't know the cases themselves and cannot confirm they're rape
victims," says Tony Djohan of human-rights group Solidaritas Nusa -Bangsa,
which carries the two pictures on its Web site but doesn't contend they
portray rape victims.
Some Web site owners are aware that the pictures they carry are fake but
said they published them in good faith.
Some pictures were still on their Web sites Wednesday, and several site
managers defended publishing them despite knowing they were not necessarily
photographs of Indonesian Chinese victims of the May riots.
"Proving whether the photos are real or not is not the real issue," said Joe
Tan of Wellington, New Zealand, who helped organize the World Huaren
The real issue, he said, "is getting the Indonesian government to admit
there is a problem and doing something about it."
Others aren't so sure. The host of another site, Indo Chaos, says he hasn't
seen any genuine rape pictures and doesn't include any in his site.
"Some lunatics have used the fake pictures to send a message that Chinese
Indonesians are just making up the rape stories," he said.
Another site, "Indonesian Huaren Crisis Centre," has a gallery of pictures
it says it has confirmed as false and asks visitors to point out any other
pictures known to be fake. Pictures like these, the site says, could "reduce
the integrity of our movement." It calls on readers to alert the center to
any other fakes.
But even this site carries one of the pictures from the pornographic site,
calling it a genuine picture of a rape victim.
The attacks against Chinese are merely the latest in a centuries-old history
of racial tension in Indonesia, a poor country that is one of the world's
most populous. For centuries the Chinese have been resented by the pribumi,
or indigenous Indonesians, for the preferential business arrangements
afforded them by Dutch colonizers.
Now 70% of the nation's biggest companies are controlled by the Chinese, who
make up only 4% of the population.
Many others are shopkeepers of modest means who were attacked when inflation
drove up the cost of essentials such as rice, angering their pribumi
In Indonesia's post-Suharto spirit of probing the misdeeds of the past,
President Habibie has appointed a fact-finding team to look into allegations
the riots were instigated by the military and the allegations of widespread
The rape pictures don't help "create the right atmosphere for an
investigation," said the head of the fact-finding team, Marzuki Darusman.
"It has the effect of amplifying the drama."
Mr. Darusman said his team has received copies of many of the pictures and
is aware of questions about their authenticity.
"We're not using the pictures as evidence," he said. There is enough
first-hand evidence from the victims that the pictures won't be necessary,
The team is due to present to the president a preliminary report next month.
But fear of a backlash from the fake pictures grows, and some activists have
urged Chinese in Hong Kong, China and elsewhere to tone down their protests
at Indonesian embassies.
Father Sandyawan says he believes the fakes are yet another ploy by members
of the Indonesian establishment to discredit the investigation.
Two of the photographs mysteriously appeared at his office in an envelope
months ago, he said, while the East Timorese photos have been sold in
Jakarta's black market for months.
Disseminating the fakes, he said, "is an act of terror" to sow even more
fear amongst the nation's Chinese.
"It's used to confuse the public," he added. "But we'll provide the real