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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

[Para información en español, consulte ésta página]

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.  For Survival’s full press release and media coverage, see here.

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.  We invited the companies and their reported shareholders, Banco Castilla-La Mancha and Invercaixa, to respond to the following items:

- Grupo San José investors lobbied over ‘hiding tribe’, Survival Intl., 19 March 2013

- [Spanish] Los inversores de Grupo San José reciben presiones en relación a una “tribu escondida”, Survival Intl., 19 de marzo 2013

- [Spanish] Carta de Survival Intl. a los accionistas de Grupo San José [PDF], 19 de marzo 2013

- [Spanish] Ubicación del Lote 260 – Carlos Casado [PPT], Organización Payipie Ichadie Totobiegosode [represents Ayoreo group], mayo 2012

Responses:

Carlos Casado letter and detailed information [DOC]

Grupo San José response [PDF]

Invercaixa did not respond

Banco Castilla-La Mancha did not respond

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