Honduras: Dinant, linked to death squads, addresses World Bank Panel
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Author: Douglas Gillison (USA)
The World Bank hosted a Honduran agribusiness company to speak at a bank conference in Washington on security and human rights matters last week, months after the bank’s own audit findings linked the company to scores of killings and a violent land conflict...Corporación Dinant, appeared at an annual conference on sustainable business practices, despite…controversy over the bank’s support for the company, which human rights groups have tied to death squads. The appearance came as Dinant announced it had built barracks to house Honduran military forces on one of its plantations, while disarming its own private company guards. Last year, one human rights organization cited witnesses who said that state security forces and company guards had acted interchangeably...Roger Pineda, the spokesman for Dinant, did not respond to requests for comment…
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…I strongly object to the assumption…that the World Bank undertook a thorough audit and concluded that Dinant was responsible or linked to killings related to the land conflict in the Bajo Aguán. Dinant strongly takes issue with many of the unfounded assertions made in the the CAO report…referred to in your article as the Bank´s own findings…[Regarding] Dinant´s provision of accommodation facilities for the Xatruch Joint Military Task Force…I can assure you this was done with the best intentions…We are in the process of signing all necessary documents in order to ensure full transparency of the process…I invite you to visit out African Palm plantations in the Bajo Aguán region to see…the extensive resources that Dinant is investing in community engagement, and environmental and social management.
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