TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS, October 19, 2018: On October 11 th , Corporación Dinant received news that fighting among competing trespassers at its Paso Aguán plantation in Northern Honduras had resulted in at least one person being killed and some others injured by gun fire between the illegal invaders.
No Dinant employees or contractors were present on the plantation at the time of the incident because the Paso Aguán plantation has been illegally occupied by force for many months by several groups claiming to represent the hard-working peasants of the Aguán region of Honduras, an untenable situation that is inflicting significant financial losses on Dinant, its staff, and contractors due to large-scale theft of fruit.
Company spokesman, Roger Pineda, said, “Our prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of those who lost their lives in the fighting, or who were injured. We are confident that authorities’ efforts will result in the detention of those responsible for these terrible crimes, and hope that they will be brought to justice quickly. In addition, we have begun our standard internal investigation and reporting process to gather the facts.”
Dinant is following legal due process by applying to the public authorities for them to remove the illegal invaders as soon as possible.
Mr. Pineda continued, “We are sickened by the continuing loss of lives in the Aguán region and call on all those purporting to represent peasant groups to cease their violent tactics.”
About Corporación Dinant
Dinant is a family-owned consumer products manufacturer founded in Honduras in 1960. Its products are sold across Central America and the Dominican Republic. The company employs 7,200 people worldwide, supports a further 22,000 livelihoods, generates millions of US dollars in exports for Honduras, and contributes significantly to the economies of all countries in which it operates. Dinant rigorously benchmarks its operations against stringent international standards regarding economic, environmental and social impacts. Dinant has sold 3,962.5 hectares of
land containing plantations at below-market prices back to peasant organizations in an effort to provide land to those that want it. This material is distributed by Tricuro LLC on behalf of Corporación Dinant. Additional information is available at the Department of Justice, Washington, DC.