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Danzer Denies Human-Rights Abuses in Congolese Forest Village

Danzer Group, a Switzerland-based wood processor, denied accusations by activist groups that one of its senior managers was responsible for human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011.

Global Witness, a London-based advocacy group, and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights filed a complaint with the state prosecutor’s office in Tubingen, Germany, on April 25 against a senior manager of Danzer’s former subsidiary, Siforco. They accused Siforco of providing financial and logistical help to Congolese police and military in an attack on the village of Bongulu, on May 2, 2011.