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Call To Minister - Let Chinese Indonesians Stay

Indonesia Human Rights Committee,
Box 68-419,
Auckland.

16 April, 2000
MEDIA RELEASE:

Indonesia Human Rights Committee calls on Minister of Immigration to let the Chinese Indonesians stay:

The Indonesia Human Rights Commitee has faxed Lianne Dalziel, Minister of Immigration to urge her to review the situation of the Chinese Indonesians who fled to this country in the wake of the May 1998 riots in Indonesia.

"We believe that these people have reason to be fearful of returning to Indonesia," said Maire Leadbeater speaking for the Indonesia Human Rights Committee.

"The situation in Indonesia remains highly volatile. It is widely believed that recent outbreaks of violence have been orchestrated by disgruntled sections of the military. Racial and religious tensions have been exploited by these self-serving provocateurs who stand to gain from ongoing civil strife."

"There is a long and sad history of anti-Chinese discrimination in Indonesia's history and the tactic of "divide and rule" has caused much suffering and dislocation. These people were used as scapegoats and subjected to murderous attack in May 1998. Their fears of a renewed attacks cannot be dismissed."

"There is a high probability that Chinese Indonesians will again be subject to direct persecution and attack, in the current circumstances of worsening economic and social conditions."

for futher information: Maire Leadbeater -09-376-9098 or cell phone 025-436-957


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