In June of 2001, The International Labor Rights Fund filed a lawsuit on behalf of the village of Aceh, Indonesia. It was against ExxonMobil. It was
filed before the 9/11 attacks, however, there are reports and litigations that have gone on long after the attacks on the WTC, that will prove the
*Note: So far the defense has been trying for dismissal rather than trying to prove the innocence of the company. Whether or not the case has been
dismissed I'm not sure but will rind out tomarrow when I post more on this.
The following is from the International Labor Rights Fund website:
You have to go to "Current Projects" and select "Exxon/Mobile: Abuses in Aceh, Indonesia"
I highly suggest looking over the material one the court case on Laborrights.org. Also I have put some links of news articles, on the subject as well
as possible connections reported between the Bush Administrations campaign and Exxon.
(Sorry I don't know how to get this to link since it only has the main web adress in my http bar, but those directions will get you to the site)
How the Company is Linked with Indonesian Military Killings, Torture and other Severe Abuse in Aceh, Indonesia
In the past decade alone, ExxonMobil has extracted some $40 billion from its operations in Aceh, Indonesia, leaving in its wake a legacy of death,
destruction and environmental damage.
There have been credible reports dating back several years that Exxon Mobil Corporation, along with its predecessor companies, Mobil Oil Corporation
and Mobil Oil Indonesia (collectively "Exxon Mobil"), hired military units of the Indonesian national army to provide "security" for their gas
extraction and liquification project in Aceh, Indonesia. Members of these military units regularly have perpetrated ongoing and severe human rights
abuses against local villagers, including murder, rape, torture, destruction of property and other acts of terror. ExxonMobil apparently has taken no
action to stop this violence, and instead, reportedly has continued to finance the military and to provide company equipment and facilities that have
been used by the Indonesian military to perpetrate and literally cover up (in the form of mass graves) these criminal acts.
Then On July 29, 2002, AFTER the terrorist attacks, The State Department Replied to the judge regarding the case in the following Document.
It can be obtained in the link (on the laborrights.org's exxon page) to the right entitled:"State Department Opinon regarding Exxon/Mobile
Litigation 7/29/2002 (PDF)"
I highly suggest reading this document. If i have time later I will put some quotes from the document and see if i can find a version i can link
There are links to Documents under the State Department Doc Link that go along with the court over the past few years.
USA: State Department Tries to Get ExxonMobil Suit Dropped
This is from about a week after that State Department doc came out.
U.S. Backs Oil Giant On Lawsuit In Indonesia
U.S./Indonesia: Bush Backtracks on Corporate Responsibility
Connections to the Bush administration to Exxon Mobile
USA: Oil Money Gushing into Bush Campaign
Bush energy plan: Policy or payback?
There is quite a bit of info on this issue but it just dies off with the start and war on iraq. The fact that the lawsuit was filed before 9/11, might
be one reason that it hasn't garnered the national interests, or "Government Interests".