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Fragile archipelago

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ExxonMobil & its "brutal military campaign" against Achenese
 
An Indonesian soldier stands guard around an ExxonMobil gas field in Lhokseumawe, 06 April 2001. Exxon has been notorious for human right abuses in Acheh for over a decade. Faisal Putra, an attorney in Lhokseumawe said the crimes occurred over a long period of time. Mobil Oil cannot utter the words, `We didn't know'.'

 
BANDA ACEH, jan 11, 2002 (aFP) —— Separatist rebels in Indonesia's Acheh province on Friday accused US-based energy giant ExxonMobil Indonesia of providing funds and facilities to soldiers to wage "a brutal military campaign" in Acheh.
  Agence France-Presse
 
 

     
'ExxonMobil pays three million rupiah (294 dollars) per low-ranking military personnel a month apart from other lump sums.'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Summary killings, harassment of innocent civilians, arson of civilian facilities, rapes, disappearences ... have been all perpetrated by the 'EMOI army'.'

 
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acts tell us that EMOI (ExxonMobil Oil Inc.) facilities have turned into a military base as well as torture camps and killing chambers," Free Acheh Movement spokesman Sofyan Daud said in a statement.

Daud charged that ExxonMobil pays three million rupiah (294 dollars) per low-ranking military personnel a month apart from other lump sums.

"Summary killings, harassment of innocent civilians, arson of civilian facilities, rapes, disappearences ... have been all perpetrated by the 'EMOI army'," the statement said.

ExxonMobil Indonesia spokeswoman Julia Tumengkol denied the allegations.

"We are disturbed by any suggestions that ExxonMobil or its affiliate companies are in any way involved in alleged human rights abuses by security
forces in Acheh," Tumengkol told AFP.

"ExxonMobil condemns the violations of human rights in any form and categorically denies these allegations," she said.

The company's gasfield in Acheh on Sumatgra island is guarded by the Indonesian military.

ExxonMobil shut down its operations for four months in Acheh last year and evacuated foreign staff, blaming rebel attacks for worsening security which included arson and kidnapping.

EXXON vs MORALITY

  Backgrounder on ExxonMobil Activities Acheh  
  Brutal exploitation of archipelago by U.S. corporations  
  ExxonMobil’s dirty little war against Achenese  
  Full description: ILRF sues E.Mobil for Acheh killings  

The closure cost Indonesia about 100 million dollars a month in lost liquefied natural gas exports to Japan and South Korea.

Last month unidentified gunmen killed an Indonesian employee contracted by the company. The military blamed separatist rebels.

Accusations that ExxonMobil is indirectly involved in military human rights violations in Acheh have been made by human rights groups in the past.

Since 1976 and an estimated 10,000 people have been killed.

More than 1,700 people died last year and 67 have been killed since the start of 2002.

© 2002 Agence France-Presse. All rights reserved.

     

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