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Civil society response on suspension loans of FMO and Finnfund to Agua Zarca project

To: FMO, Finnfund, Central American Bank for Economic Integration CABEI

The undersigned organisations welcome the announcement of FMO on March 16 [1] that it will suspend all its activities in Honduras, including further disbursements on the loan for the Agua Zarca project, following the brutal murder of Nelson Garcia, member of COPINH.

We consider such a suspension a necessary first step for a full investigation on all FMO funded projects in Honduras. However, the situation in Honduras is not a stand-alone case. To prevent further tragedy from occuring, in Central America and elsewhere, FMO and the Dutch government must ensure that all FMO investments fully respect the rights of those affected, in particular the rights of indigenous peoples.

We also welcome the public confirmation by Finnfund, the Finnish lender to the Agua Zarca project, that it will follow in the steps of FMO and also suspend all disbursements towards the Agua Zarca project. [2]

Our organisations further welcome the announced visit of FMO CEO Nanno Kleiterp and Finnfund CEO Jaakko Kangasniemi to Honduras to further investigate the situation around the Agua Zarca project. As both institutions are mandated by the Dutch and Finnish government respectively we insist that government representatives of both countries accompany the delegation, preferably ambassador level, and that the findings are publicly reported.

We further call upon the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), the third financier of the project, to now publicly clarify its role in the Agua Zarca project, and to also immediately suspend all payments to the project.

We wish to reiterate our demand to FMO, Finnfund and CABEI that, following the murder of Berta Cáceres, after years of ongoing violence and intimidation in relation to the Agua Zarca project, they fully and permanently withdraw from the project.



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  4. Centro de Derechos Humanos Toaltepeyolo , Mexico
  5. SOMO, SOMO , Netherlands
  6. jo cousins , United Kingdom
  7. Carola Carbajal , Mexico
  8. CEPPAS - GAJAT, Fernando Kosovsky , Argentina
  9. Move Your Money UK, Dan Goss (Divestment Campaigner), United Kingdom
  10. Salva la Selva, Guadalupe Rodriguez (Latinamerica Campaginer), Spain
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  12. ALICIA RODRIGUEZ , United States
  13. Elisabeth Bücking (Dipl.Biol.), Germany
  14. National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), Kamese Geoffrey (Administrator), Uganda
  15. DINTE Cordillera Indigenous Peoples Legal Center, RHODA DALANG (executive director), Philippines
  16. CEPPAS - OPSur, Ariana Ortega (Project Manager), Argentina
  17. ProNatura, Friedrich Wulf (Head, International Biodiversity Policy), Switzerland
  18. Global Forest Coalition, Simone Lovera (director), - international -
  19. Leandro Mancini (Artist), United Kingdom
  20. Centar za zivotnu sredinu/FoE Bosnia and Herzegovina, Natasa Crnkovic (President), Bosnia and Herzegovina
  21. Manuel Varela Rivera , Mexico
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  31. International Service for Human Rights, Ben Leather (Advocacy, Training and Communications Manager), Switzerland
  32. Karla , Mexico
  33. Friends of the Earth France, Laureline Bourit , France
  34. A Molina , Mexico
  35. Berne Declaration, Andreas Missbach (Joint Managing Director), Switzerland
  36. Fundar, Edmundo del Pozo (Investigador), Mexico
  37. ILEIA Centre for learning on sustainable agriculture, Janneke Bruil (Advocacy coordinator), Netherlands
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  39. luciana mancini , - international -
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  43. Clean Clothes Campaign , Netherlands
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  46. Finance & Trade Watch, Thomas Wenidoppler (Director), Austria
  47. IISCAL, Pauliina Garzon (Director), - international -
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  49. JA!Justica Ambiental, Anabela lemos (Director), Mozambique
  50. WIDE+, WIDE caucus , - international -
  51. Cadena de Derechos Humanos Honduras, Daniela , Honduras
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  53. Facing Finance, Thomas Küchenmeister (Managing Director), Germany
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  55. LatinoSoy 96.1FM, Ivania Olivares (Media Relations), Canada
  56. GegenStroemung / CounterCurrent, Thilo Papacek (project coordinator), Germany
  57. Cordillera Peoples Alliance, Bestang Dekdeken , Philippines
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  59. Mujer y Medio Ambiente, Hilda Salazar (Participante), Mexico
  60. IPEN/Eco-Accord, Olga Speranskaya (CoChair), Russian Federation
  61. National Toxics Network, Dr Lloyd-Smith (Senior Advisor), Australia
  62. RAPAM Pesticide Action Network Mexico, Fernando Bejarano González (Director), Mexico
  63. Amigos del Rio San Rodrigo, A.C., Waldo Terry (Presidente), Mexico
  64. Julio César Ramírez , Mexico
  65. The Oakland Institute, Anuradha Mittal (Executive Director), United States
  66. Liliana , Mexico
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  68. Claudia Campero , Mexico
  69. Honduras Forum Switzerland, Daniel Langmeier , Switzerland
  70. transnational institute, Transnational Institute , Netherlands
  71. Paulo Freire Gesellschaft e. V., Rita Trautmann (Member of Board), Germany
  72. IMDEC, Silvia Villaseñor , Mexico
  73. IMDEC , Mexico
  74. Consejo Tiyat Tlali, Consejo Tiyat Tlali , Mexico
  75. Fundar, Andres Diaz (Researcher), Mexico
  76. Freshwater Action Network FANMex, Nathalie Seguin (General coordinator), Mexico
  77. Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres -FCAM, Carla Lopez (Executive Director), Nicaragua
  78. CartoCritica, Manuel Llano (Researcher), Mexico
  79. Fundar, Centro de Análisis e Investigación, A. C., Francisco (Researcher), Mexico
  80. Koen Meeuwsen , Netherlands
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  82. Other Worlds, Simone Adler, Natalie Miller and Beverly Bell , United States
  83. Friends of the Earth Finland, Leena Kontinen (Chairperson), Finland
  84. PIAP, AC, Procesos Integrales para la Autogestion de los Pueblos (Presidente), Mexico
  85. MiningWatch Canada, Jen Moore (Latin America Program Coordinator), Canada
  86. Mangrove Action Ptoject, Alfredo Quarto (Executive Director), United States
  87. Centro de Documentación en Derechos Humanos “Segundo Montes Mozo S.J.” (CSMM), Lidia García Díaz (Coordinadora de Estudios e Incidencia Política), Ecuador
  88. Plataforma Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Desarrollo (PIDHDD Regional), Pablo A. de la Vega M. (Coordinador Regional), Ecuador
  89. BothENDS, Both ENDS , Netherlands
  90. FNRP, Alba Ochoa (Colectivo Tecnico LIBRE), Honduras
  91. CISPES, Janae Choquette , United States
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  94. International Rivers, Monti Aguirre (Latin America Program Coordinator), United States
  95. Oxfam, Ed Pomfret (Head of GROW Campaign), Kenya
  96. Sustainable Energy & Economy Network, Daphne Wysham (Director), United States
  97. Indigenous Peoples and Earth Connection Action Group of FoE Finland, Meri Mononen-Matias (Specialist for Latin American Issues), Finland
  98. Hondurasdelegation , Germany
  99. Center for Biocultural Diversity, University of Kent, Dario Novellino (Research Fellow), United Kingdom
  100. Coalition against Land Grabbing, John Mart Salunday (Project Coordinator), Philippines
  101. Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, AIDA, Astrid Puentes Riaño (co-executive Director), - international -
  102. FIDH, Marion Cadier (Programme Officer, Globalisation and Human Rights desk), - international -
  103. Friends of the earth international, (Economic justice-resisting neoliberalism coordinator), - international -
  104. urgewald, Knud Vöcking (Director IFI Program), Germany
  105. independent, Nick Middeldorp (activist and researcher on socio-environmental conflicts), Costa Rica
  106. Rainforest Action Network, Ginger Cassady (Program Director), United States
  107. International Rivers, Peter Bosshardt (Interim Executive Director), United States
  108. BankTrack, Johan Frijns (Director), Netherlands