Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi


Pelosi Includes Language on Indonesia's Ethnic Chinese in Foreign Operations Bill

September 10, 1998


Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittee, today successfully included report language in the Foreign Operations Appropriations bill urging the Administration to make the treatment of ethnic Chinese central to its policy toward Indonesia. There are credible reports the ethnic Chinese community was tragically and unfortunately targeted for the most violent attacks in the May riots, including the systematic rape and other sexual abuse of ethnic Chinese women. "These acts of brutality against ethnic Chinese women and their families cannot be condoned," Pelosi said. "The confidence and security of the ethnic Chinese community in Indonesia must be part of any credible reform program by President Habibie."

The report accompanying the Foreign Operations Appropriations bill will include the following language offered by Rep. Pelosi:

The Committee believes that the urgent need to restore confidence and security of the ethnic Chinese community in Indonesia must be central to any credible reform program there. The ethnic Chinese community was tragically and unfortunately targeted for the most violent attacks in the May riots, including the systematic rape and other sexual abuse of ethnic Chinese women. In some parts of Indonesia, these attacks or threats of such attacks continue. The Committee urges the Administration to make central to its policy toward Indonesia the need for effective action by the Indonesian government to end all official discrimination against ethnic Chinese, including repeal of discriminatory laws and regulations, prevent any further attacks, and to identify and prosecute those responsible for the abuses.

On August 7, Rep. Pelosi was joined by 37 Members of Congress who signed her letter to President Clinton urging the Administration to impress upon the Indonesian government that it must end all official discrimination against ethnic Chinese, prevent any further attacks, identify and prosecute those responsible for the May abuses.


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