Afectados por el Nemagón, Honduras

Farms workers from Honduras bring the Dole company to court asking for an indemnity for damage to their health caused by the nematicide Nemagón. The case also reached the TPP in 2008 in Lima.


Description

El Nemagón es el nombre popular del DiBromoCloroPropano (DBCP) un químico creado por Dow Chemical para erradicar un gusano de las plantaciones de banano propiedad la United Fruit Company.

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Basic Data
NameAfectados por el Nemagón, Honduras
CountryHonduras
ProvinceEl Aguán, Colón, Atlántida y Yoro
SiteCaribe Hondureño
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Biomass and Land Conflicts (Forests, Agriculture and Livestock Management)
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Agro-toxics
Intensive food production (monoculture and livestock)
Specific CommoditiesFruits and Vegetables
Bananas
Project Details and Actors
Project Details-Se utilizaron más de 1000 barriles de Nemagón en Honduras
Project Area (in hectares)unknown
Level of Investment (in USD)unknown
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population5000
Start Date1980
Company Names or State EnterprisesChiquita Brand Internacional from United States of America - owner
Dole Fruit Company from United States of America - owner
Dow Chemical Company from United States of America
Standard Fruit Company from United States of America - subsidiaria de DOLE
Relevant government actorsCorte Suprema de Justicia (CSJ), Secretaria de Trabajo y Seguridad Social (STSS), Secretaria de Derechos Humanos (SDH),
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersAsociación de Ex trabajadores bananeros del Norte de Honduras (ASEXTBANH), Comité de los Derechos Humanos (CODEH). Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos (TPP)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups MobilizingFarmers
International ejos
Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Trade unions
Wastepickers, recyclers
Women
Forms of MobilizationDevelopment of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the health, presentación del caso en el Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil erosion, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Air pollution, Genetic contamination, Soil contamination, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsVisible: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Violence related health impacts (homicides, rape, etc..) , Occupational disease and accidents, Infectious diseases, Deaths, Other environmental related diseases, Malnutrition, Health problems related to alcoholism, prostitution
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Increase in violence and crime, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCompensation
Deaths
Court decision (undecided)
Strengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Development of AlternativesIndemnización para los afectados directos e indirectos y tratamientos médicos dignos.
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.El plaguicida es declarado prohibido en todo el territorio hondureño y en todo el mundo. Sin embargo aún existen miles de familias sufriendo las consecuencias del químico y sin justamente compensadas. Muchos campesinos murieron a causa del nemagón y nunca recibieron una compensación.

La UFCO sigue operando bajo otro nombre: DOLE
Sources and Materials
References

Edición 21. Nemagón , la peor tragedia laboral
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Links

Honduras: Trabajadores víctimas de pesticida demandan indemnización justa a Standard Fruit
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Afectados por Nemagón amenazan tomarse instalaciones de bananera
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Tras 25 años de espera, exempleados de la Standar serán indemnizados
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Honduras: Trabajadores víctimas de pesticida demandan indemnización justa a Standard Fruit
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El Nemagón, ¿responsable de la peor tragedia laboral del mundo? Lo que ha causado este peligroso agroquímico en Centroamérica
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Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos resuelve sobre el caso Nemagón
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Other Documents

La larga espera de los afectados por el Nemagón
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Plantón frente a las instalaciones de DOLE
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ContributorGrettel Navas
Last update05/07/2017
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