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Paraguay: Survival Intl. says Carlos Casado (part of Grupo San José) is destroying indigenous group's lands & calls on investors to take action
Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Published on: 10 April 2013
[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Carlos Casado, Grupo San José, Banco Castilla-La Mancha and Invercaixa (part of La Caixa), to respond. Carlos Casado's response provided. We will indicate here soon if the other companies respond]. In Aug 2012, Carlos Casado, a subsidiary of Spanish construction company Grupo San José, was accused of illegally destroying areas of Chaco Forest in Paraguay inhabited by indigenous populations. According to Survival Intl., the area is part of Ayoreo indians' ancestral homeland and must be protected to preserve their livelihoods. A member of the Ayoreo group told Survival Intl.: "Please do not touch the forest, because it gives us life. Please stop the bulldozers". The company denied that its operations were illegal...In Mar 2013, Survival Intl. called on shareholders of Carlos Casado & Grupo San José to divest from the companies because they are financing human rights abuses.