Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Indigenous Guatemalans hit hard by expansion of agrofuels

Efforts to enhance the production of agrofuels have caused displacement and deforestation in Guatemala, according the World Rainforest Movement’s July bulletin.

According to the article, Guatemalan indigenous communities have been hit hard in particular, as companies deforest their land “to plant sugar-cane for ethanol production.”

It adds that paramilitary forces associated with the ethanol company Ingenio Guadalupe have violently suppressed recent attempts to protest the confiscations and reclaim indigenous land, shooting and wounding one man, arresting two women, and issuing death threats.

For the full article, click here.


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