Chevron to Bush: Force little countries not to sue when we pollute
“Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!” – Proverbs 31:8, The Message
Update, 8-19-08, related story: Judge Rules Aceh Villagers Can Sue Exxon for Human Rights Abuses
A federal judge has ruled that a suit alleging human rights violations against Exxon committed in Aceh can be heard in a US court. Eleven villagers from Aceh say Exxon should be held liable for alleged violent crimes by military units of the Indonesian national army hired by Exxon to protect its facilities. According to some estimates, ExxonMobil has extracted some $40 billion from its operations in Aceh. -DemocracyNow!
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