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Vicini-Hartley

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Grupo Vicini to respond to the following materials raising human rights concerns about its treatment of Haitian sugar cane workers in the Dominican Republic:

- "Vicini Company Issues 'Pink Slips' in Lieu of Written Work Contracts According to Report by Human Rights Advocate Fr. Christopher Hartley: 'New Forms of Human Rights Abuses on Vicini Company Sugar Cane Plantations'", Fr. Christopher Hartley, Fundacion Mision de la Misericordia, 2 Sep 2009
 
- “New Forms of Human Rights Abuses on Vicini Company Sugar Cane Plantations - Current Harvest (2008-2009)” [PDF], Father Christopher Hartley, 31 Aug 2009

In response, Grupo Vicini sent this statement [PDF] (in Spanish), 21 Sep 2009, with the following three supporting documents questioning the source of the allegations, Father Christopher Hartley.  They include a letter from a Dominican bishop, a press article, and a letter from Dominican senators:

    - First annex [PDF], Second annex [PDF], Third annex [PDF]

The Resource Centre then received a rejoinder from Father Christopher Hartley to the company's response, available here [DOC] (in Spanish), 22 Sep 2009.  He also sent the following materials, saying they are "indispensable to give credibility to my statements. Without these materials, my statements are worthless."  They include letters to bishops, statements by a bishop, letter by Father Hartley, press releases and the BSI code of conduct:

    - First annex [DOC], Second annex [DOC], Third annex [DOC], Fourth annex [DOC], Sixth annex [DOC], Seventh annex [DOC], Ninth annex [DOC], Eleventh annex [PPT], Twelfth annex [PDF], Thirteenth annex [PDF], Fourteenth annex [DOC] (annexes five, eight and ten were removed after the author asked us to do so.)

    - Human Rights and Labor Activist Fr. Christopher Hartley Urges Corporate Executives and the European Commission to Ban Future Sugar Purchases from the Dominican Republic, 17 Sep 2009

 

 

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