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Rights case thrown out

Far Eastern Economic Review - March 4, 1997

A Louisiana district court dismissed a class-action suit filed by Amungme tribal activist Yosefa Alomang against Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold for alleged environmental and human-rights abuses around its giant Grasberg mine in the Central Highlands of Irian Jaya, Indonesia.

The court ruled it had no jurisdiction to hear the case under state law. A similar federal class-action suit filed by Tom Beanal, another Amungme leader, is pending.