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World Bank faces pressure over Honduras loan

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

World Bank directors will be urged by Honduran peasant leaders and civil society groups to withdraw support for a major palm oil company accused of links to killings, kidnapping and the forced eviction of small farmers.

The bank's European directors, meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, will be handed a report by Human Rights Watch, published last month, that suggests the Honduran government and police have failed to investigate 29 murders and kidnappings in the Bajo Aguán region since 2009.

Human Rights Watch said evidence suggested the involvement of private security guards working for palm oil companies in 13 of the killings and one case of abduction.

Source: The Guardian