SOAW and Allies Pressure World Bank on Honduras Loan Print
Written by Owen Silverman Andrews   
Friday, 07 February 2014 17:44

On March 19th, 2013 seventeen non-governmental organizations sent an open letter and petition signed by over 63,000 people to the World Bank, demanding and end to support for the Hunduran corporation Grupo Dinant. Dinant's private security forces have terrorized campesinos in the Bajo Aguán region where resistance to Dinant's expansion is fierce. Of the 102 murders between January 2010 and March 2013 linked to the campesino movement, 40 were at the hands of Dinant security forces.

A few months later on June 28th, 2013 SOA Watch and allies held a protest in front of the World Bank's Washington, DC headquarters. We staged a street theater die-in, reading off the names of Hondurans murdered by Dinant's private security guards. See all the photos from the action here.

Since then, the external pressure has yielded signficant results! The second half of Dinant's $30 million loan is on hold. Check out the links below for articles from a variety of media outlets.

Al Jazeera: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/01/audit-slams-world-bank-agency-201411274722345113.html

Upside Down World: http://upsidedownworld.org/main/honduras-archives-46/4660-beyond-reform-its-time-to-shut-down-the-world-bank-

Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/us-pushes-for-outside-oversight-of-world-bank-opposes-push-toward-big-hydro/2014/01/24/fb41bb7c-8516-11e3-8099-9181471f7aaf_story.html

Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/11/honduras-worldbank-idUSL2N0KL00Y20140111

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/10/world-bank-honduras_n_4577861.html

the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2014/jan/13/world-bank-ethics-scrutiny-honduras-loan-investigation

Human Rights Watch: http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/01/10/world-bank-group-inadequate-response-killings-land-grabs

Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/5db01062-79d0-11e3-a3e6-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2sf0UUnGg

Global Post: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140110/world-banks-ifc-criticized-over-honduras-project

Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 18:36