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    From: Joe Collins [mailto:bunyip@bigpond.net.au] Sent: Monday, 1 September 2008 6:10 PM 1) Multi-nationals in Papua urged to disclose payment arrangements with
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      From: Joe Collins [mailto:bunyip@...]
      Sent: Monday, 1 September 2008 6:10 PM

       

      1) Multi-nationals in Papua urged to disclose payment arrangements with TNI

      2) US court ruling on Exxonmobil impacts on Freeport in Papua

       

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      1) Multi-nationals in Papua urged to disclose payment arrangements with TNI

      RNZI  Posted at 03:50 on 01 September, 2008 UTC

      The Australia-based Mineral Policy Institute is urging all multi-national companies which pay for military protection of vital assets in Indonesia ’s Papua region to be transparent about the arrangements.

      The institute has welcomed a US federal court ruling that ExxonMobil has a case to answer in the suit over alleged killings and torture by Indonesian troops protecting the company’s gas project in Aceh province.

      The Institute’s director, Techa Beaumont, says the decision has major implications for international companies like US company Freeport McMoran, which runs the Grasberg mine in Papua.

      She says it’s commendable that in its annual report, Freeport discloses the millions it pays in support costs to the Indonesian military to protect its operations:

      “ Freeport disclosing those payments is a positive step in the right direction - if we could get other companies to do that then we’d be raising the bar. But really the ultimate issue is that if you’re paying people to secure your infrastructure, you have to accept that you’re going to be responsible for the conduct of those individuals.”

      Techa Beaumont

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      2) US court ruling on Exxonmobil impacts on Freeport in Papua

      RNZI Posted at 01:40 on 01 September, 2008 UTC

      Analysts say a US federal court ruling involving energy giant Exxonmobil and Indonesia ’s military has major implications for international companies working in regions like Papua.

      The court ruled that ExxonMobil has a case to answer in the suit over alleged killings and torture by Indonesian troops protecting the company’s gas project in Aceh province.

      The director of the Australia-based Mineral Policy Institute, Techa Beaumont, says the decision acknowledges that if companies pay government militia to do their dirty work then they are also responsible for their conduct.

      She says the ruling means that US company Freeport McMoran, which runs the Grasberg mine in Papua, should reconsider paying Indonesian military to safeguard its local operations.

      An Australian political scientist, Damien Kingsbury, says the ruling is a significant step toward addressing the human rights agenda in Indonesia and the culpability of the Indonesian military over a long period of time.

       



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