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29 May 2014

Author:
Douglas Gillison (USA)

Company Linked to Death Squads Addresses World Bank Panel [Honduras]

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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…