Note: Global Justice Ecology Project joins several other NGOs calling for an end to funding palm oil giant Grupo Dinant, which is implicated in murders and human rights abuses in Honduras. GJEP is the North American focal point for the Global Forest Coalition and works closely with BiofuelWatch. Jeff Conant, quoted in the article below, is the former Media Coordinator for GJEP.
-The GJEP Team
March 19, 2013. Source: Global Forest Coalition
Today several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) condemned a statement by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, IFC which defends the record of a Honduran palm oil company, Grupo Dinant, implicated in dozens of murders as well as other human rights abuses. The IFC statement explicitly admits to supporting training for the company’s armed security guards.
The NGOs are : Friends of the Earth International, Global Forest Coalition, Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Urgewald, Rights Action, Rettet den Regenwald/Rainforest Rescue, Global Justice Ecology Project, and Biofuelwatch.
A World Bank Ombudsman is currently investigating an IFC loan of $30 million for Grupo Dinant which was approved in 2009, at least half of which has already been disbursed.
This month, an Open Letter by 17 NGOs and an international petition signed by over 63,000 people have protested the loan and called on the World Bank to immediately cease their support for Grupo Dinant.