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18 Nov 2015

Central America: Intl. Coalition of NGOs says murder, intimidation & devastation of community livelihoods tied to rampant palm oil plantation expansion must be stop

A coalition of International NGOs had send a letter inviting global oil palm traders to disclose their sourcing relationship with Empresa Reforestadora de Palma de Petén (REPSA) after the toxic spill in river La Pasión in Guatemala and the assassination of human rights defender, Rigoberto Lima Choc. They also request companies to disclose the due diligence and risk assessment processes they undertake given the human rights abuses related to the palm oil industry in Mesoamerica, including those related to Dinant in Honduras.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre previously invited Repsa & Dinant to respond to alleged negative consequencies of their oil palm plantations. The responses are available here:

Repsa´s response on toxic spill in the river La Pasión in Guatemala

Dinant´s response on killings related to the land conflict in the Bajo Aguán in Honduras