Honduras: NGO denounces attack against Tolupan leader in context of land conflict

The NGO, “Movimiento Amplio por la Dignidad y la Justicia” denounced an attack agaisnt the indigenous Tolupan leader, Luis Electerio Mejía, in El Yoro, Honduras. The NGO also denounced the land conflict between indigenous people and farmers allegedly supported by Azucarera del Norte Sociedad Anónima, AZUNOSA, part of Anheuser-Busch In Bev.

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre invited Anheuser-Busch In Bev to respond; the response is available below.

The complete allegations are only available in Spanish, here. 

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Company response
31 October 2017

Response of Azunosa, part of Anheuser-Busch In Bev

Azunosa is a leading company in Honduras with more than 39 years of history in the country. It provides more than 3,000 direct jobs and creates a source of income for more than 13,000 people. Azunosa was also the first sugar mill in Central America to obtain BonSucro certification…Azunosa has collaborated with the government through the National Agrarian Institute (INA) on the “Programa de Desarrollo del Campo” (rural development program) which aims to provide smallholder farmers in the region with opportunities to access land…Azunosa is not involved in choosing and obtaining this land or administering the program. Furthermore, these farmers are not growing sugar for our company…Azunosa condemns any form of violence. We take all allegations into potential abuses seriously and employ a global policy governing human rights across all our operations. We will conduct a review of the allegations to ensure that the activities of our operation, including our community engagement initiatives in Honduras are conducted in accordance with the highest ethical standards and comply with all relevant national and local laws…

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