The U.S. has moved to block a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for alleged human-rights abuses at its Indonesian natural-gas operations, claiming the court action could hurt relations with Jakarta and undermine the war on terrorism.
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Human Rights Watch criticises U.S. State Dept for asking judge to dismiss lawsuit alleging ExxonMobil was complicit in human rights abuses in Indonesia
Eleven villagers from Aceh Province allege they and their family members were tortured, sexually assaulted, raped and beaten in and around the ExxonMobil oil and gas plant located in the city of Lhoksukon during the late 1990s and early 2000s. ExxonMobil has denied being aware of any human rights violations at the time and argued it cannot be held responsible.