Lessons from the Indonesian Experience
Edited by Michael Faure and Andri Wibisana
Chapter 3: Corporate liability for human rights violations. The Exxon Mobil case in Indonesia
On 11 June 2001, the International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF) brought a civil case in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of 11 surviving family members of victims of egregious human rights violations allegedly committed by members of the Indonesian military forces hired to perform ‘security services on behalf of Defendants Exxon Mobil Corporation, Exxon Mobil Oil Indonesia Inc, Mobil Corporation, and PT Arun LNG, Co’. The plaintiffs indeed held that they had been subjected to very serious violations of human rights, including genocide, murder, torture, crimes against humanity, sexual violence and kidnapping, in connection with the defendants’ operation of natural gas extraction and processing facilities in the Province of Aceh in Indonesia.
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