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15 Sep 2010

Earthrights International

ERI Files Brief Supporting Indonesian Victims' Case Against ExxonMobil

In 2001, eleven Indonesian villagers sued ExxonMobil in U.S. courts, alleging that the company had contracted with abusive Indonesian forces…and that they had committed numerous abuses against the local population…On September 13, ERI submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals…supporting the Indonesian villagers' claims…ERI's brief addresses the question of liability for aiding and abetting abuses under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS)…ERI's brief argues that established federal law doctrines, including aiding and abetting liability, apply in ATS cases. Anyone who knowingly provides substantial assistance to the perpetrator of a human rights abuser should be equally responsible for the abuse…