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Guatemala: Court confirms ruling suspending REPSA´s oil palm plantation activities after allegations of criminal negligence over toxic spill in Pasion River

 “Justice in Guatemala: Guatemalan Court upholds revolutionary ruling on ecocide”, 1 Jan 2016

…In a second major win for Indigenous-led environmental movements – and other mobilizations in defense of nature -- an appellate court in Guatemala has upheld the unprecedented charge of ecocide against…African palm oil corporation, Empresa Reforestadora de Palma de Petén SA – otherwise known as REPSA – denying a recent appeal that sought to overturn it…The company has been accused of criminally negligent activity resulting in massive die-offs of fish and other wildlife in and around the La Pasión River, disrupting the lives of tens of thousands of Guatemalans living in the region…On September…the Indigenous professor, human rights defender and vocal RESPA critic, Rigoberto Lima Choc, was killed outside of the courthouse following Judge Hernandez’s ruling for a six month suspension of RESPA operations in the region…