Please take the time to read this article. I only made it to the first line in the third paragraph before my heart sank and I had to share this with you.

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Chiquita Fine A Warning To Multinationals

APARTADO, Colombia, April 11, 2007

(Christian Science Monitor) This article was written by Sibylla Brodzinsky.

Rows of stout trees hang heavy with bright green bananas on plantations near Colombia’s border with Panama. Workers slice off each bunch and package the fruit in boxes with a label recognized worldwide for its fresh bananas: Chiquita.

In Colombia, however, the Chiquita name has recently come to symbolize the confirmation of a long-suspected relationship between multinational firms and illegal armies fighting in the nation’s four-decade-old war.

Chiquita Brands International admitted in U.S. court last month that it paid $1.7 million to Colombia’s brutal right-wing militias over the course of eight years. The company said it did so to protect its employees and agreed to pay a $25 million fine. The case is sparking outrage in the capital, Bogota, where officials want to see company executives on trial.

Full article at Christian Science Monitor

Article/Audio at Human Rights Watch

Underreported: Anti-Union Violence in Colombia

In mid-March, the Ohio-based banana company Chiquita Brands admitted to paying $1.7 million to Colombian right-wing death squads who have killed thousands, including union organizers. In Colombia, trade unionists and organizers who are not murdered are often threatened, attacked, or kidnapped. On Underreported, we’ll find out what’s behind the anti-union violence there, and how it might affect US-Colombian free trade agreements. Maria McFarland is a researcher with Human Rights Watch, and Adam Isacson is director of programs for the Center for International Policy’s Colombia Program .


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2 Comments on Anti-Union Violence in Colombia

  1. I know, awful isn’t it. I don’t buy bananas that don’t have the fairtrade logo on.

  2. Holy cripes!

    Jeez. No more Chiquita bananas for me, tyvm.

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