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In recent weeks, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Dole Food Company on behalf of 73 people—survivors of murdered trade unionists and campesinos throughout the region of Dole’s Magdalena banana plantations in northern Colombia.
The lawsuit, filed by the Florida law firm Conrad and Scherer LLP, accuses the company of funding the right-wing paramilitary group “the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia” (AUC) to carry out evictions, assassinations, and terror tactics in the region.
To support the lawsuit, the Washington-based NGO International Rights Advocates is asking individuals and other NGO’s to write the U.S. Department of Justice and urge a full investigation of Dole’s connections to the AUC, which was itself “designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government in September 2001.”