U.S. Asks U.S. Court to Stop Human Rights Suit by Indonesian Villagers Against Exxon Mobil for Counter-Terrorism Purposes

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Tuesday, October 1, 2002
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
18
Issue: 
10
422
Abstract: 
On July 29, 2002, the U.S. Department of State told a U.S. District Court that an international human rights suit against the Exxon Mobil Corporation could undermine the war on terrorism. The International Labor Rights Fund filed the lawsuit last year on behalf of eleven villagers in the Indonesian province of Aceh. They allege that Exxon, which operates a huge natural gas field in the province. They allege that Exxon, which operates a huge natural gas field in the province, paid and directed Indonesian security forces that committed murder, torture and rape in the course of protecting Exxon?s operations in the murder, torture, crimes against humanity, sexual violence, and kidnaping in violation of the Alien Tort Claims Act , Torture Victims Protection Act , international human rights law, and the statutory and common tort law of the District of Columbia.? Exxon had adamantly denied the charges.