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U.S. Bans Financing for Activities in Lower Omo and Gambella Regions of Ethiopia

U.S. bans financing Ethiopia for activities in Lower Omo that ‘directly or indirectly involve forced evictions’
U.S. bans financing Ethiopia for activities in Lower Omo and Gambella regions that ‘directly or indirectly involve forced evictions

By Mursi Online (University of Oxford),

THE US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) have always claimed that there is no evidence of ‘systematic’ human rights abuses being carried out by the Ethiopian government in pursuit of its development plans in the Lower Omo.

What these agencies mean by ‘human rights abuses’, when they make these claims, is not always specified, but they probably have in mind reports of rapes, beatings and arbitrary arrests by military personnel and police. Such events have almost certainly occurred (as the aid agencies seem tacitly to acknowledge) but they may or may not have been part of a ‘systematic’ policy of intimidation. Continue reading U.S. Bans Financing for Activities in Lower Omo and Gambella Regions of Ethiopia

The US Government Must Implement Congress’ Stance Against Forced Evictions in Ethiopia

The US Congress adopts a bill that acknowledges the ongoing human rights abuses in Ethiopia resulting from forced evictions and land grabbing in the name of a non-inclusive development strategy and that is aimed to prevent US assistance from being used in activities that directly or indirectly involve forced displacement in the Lower Omo and Gambella regions.

By Oakland Institute,

THE Oakland Institute applauds the US Congress for adopting language in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that ensures US funding to Ethiopia will not be used to support forced evictions in the country.

This provision in the bill acknowledges the ongoing crisis of human rights abuses resulting from forced evictions and land grabbing in Ethiopia and prevents US assistance from being used to support activities that directly or indirectly involve forced displacement in the Lower Omo and Gambella regions. Continue reading The US Government Must Implement Congress’ Stance Against Forced Evictions in Ethiopia

Is H&M Turning a Blind Eye to Land Grabs in Ethiopia?

VILLAGIZATION STINKS. H&M shameful Land Grab Business partnership in Ethiopia exposed.

By Rueters,

HENNES & MAURITZ, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, said on Tuesday that it made every effort to ensure its cotton did not come from appropriated land but could not provide an absolute guarantee.

Swedish TV4 said H&M was using cotton from areas in Ethiopia that are vulnerable to land grabbing — the buying or leasing of land in developing countries, often by foreign companies, without the consent of affected local communities.

“According to (TV4’s) investigation, cotton used for the production of H&M’s clothes in Ethiopia comes from areas subject to land grabbing,” TV4 said in an emailed statement. Continue reading Is H&M Turning a Blind Eye to Land Grabs in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia: Over 540 Mostly Ethnic Amhara Killed in Mezenger Zone

NO JUSTICE FOR ETHIOPIA. In December 2003, a report by the International Human Rights Clinic of Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program corroborates the extrajudicial killings 424 individuals in the Gambella region of Ethiopia. On September 2014, up to 540 people killed in the same region by the regime. Thanks to selective justice, rights groups, the UN and main stream media pretend to hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil when it comes to Crimes Against Humanity Central – Ethiopia.

By TesfaNews,

THE Voice of America (VOA) Amharic Service, on its October 21 special program, reports the killing of over 540 people, mostly from the Amhara ethnic group, in a conflict with the Mezenger people in the Gambella region of Western Ethiopia.

The gruesome massacre that started in the town of Meti, Godere zone on September 10th was a direct consequence of the ill-fated land grab policy of the Ethiopian government.  Continue reading Ethiopia: Over 540 Mostly Ethnic Amhara Killed in Mezenger Zone

Ethiopia: Conflict in Gambella Reignites

Land grab and ethnic clashes claim the lives of dozens in Gambella region of Ethiopia

By ESAT News,

THE conflict that had calmed for a few days in the Gambella region of Ethiopia had reignited since September 18, 2014, ESAT’s sources reported from the Region.

Gatluak Tut, the Regional President, told Radio Fana, the voice of the ruling Front, that 13 people have been killed due to the “plot of rent seekers and land dealers, who tried to divide the people that lived together for centuries.”

He also said similar clashes had broken out in other small districts of the region leading to the deaths of an unknown number of people.  Continue reading Ethiopia: Conflict in Gambella Reignites

Ethiopia: 2.7 Million People Facing Hunger

Why are Ethiopians starving Again? The answer rests on its successive autocratic rulers and tribalist leaders. Ethiopia today forced hundereds of thousands of Indigenous Peoples off their fertile lands to make way for foreign investors that came in to grow foodstuffs and bio-fuels for export. Having lost their land and their ability to produce their own food, the indigenous Peoples are being forced to become dependent on aid handouts.

By Addis Fortune,

ETHIOPIA finds itself in critical need of food aid in order to feed 2.7 million people. This announcement comes not long after its leaders were upbeat, reporting a bumper harvest of 231 million quintals of grain for the current fiscal year.

When donors and Ethiopian authorities met on January 24, 2014, to agree on the projection of the volume of humanitarian aid needed for 2014, the resultant crucial document – the joint Government and Humanitarian partners’ Document – showed that 2.7 million of the 91 million people in the nation, according to the latest estimate by the World Bank, are in need of humanitarian assistance.  Continue reading Ethiopia: 2.7 Million People Facing Hunger

Saudi Arabia Stakes a Claim on the Nile

After draining four-fifths of its massive underground aquifer for unsustainable agriculture, the Saudi Kingdom turns to verdant Ethiopia.

Papyrus reed boats cross the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia, where some people claim their water is being handed over to Saudi business interests.

By Fred Pearce (National Geography),

THIS piece is part of Water Grabbers: A Global Rush on Freshwater, a special National Geographic Freshwater News series on how grabbing land—and water—from poor people, desperate governments, and future generations threatens global food security, environmental sustainability, and local cultures.

The cows appear on the horizon like a mirage. Drive about a hundred miles (160 kilometers) through the Arabian Desert southeast from Riyadh, and you will come across one of the world’s largest herds of dairy cattle. Some 40,000 Friesian cows survive in one of the driest places on the planet, with temperatures regularly reaching 110°F (43°C).  Continue reading Saudi Arabia Stakes a Claim on the Nile

US seeks Ethiopian Accountability to Secure Aid

Is United States policy towards Ethiopia shifting?

The new 2014 Bill introduced by Congress prohibits Ethiopia from using U.S. development assistance directly or indirectly on Land-Grab related human right abuses including forced eviction of citizens in the name of development.

By Obang Metho,

For years Ethiopians, social justice groups, human rights organizations and civic groups have been calling on donor countries to demand greater accountability from the Government of Ethiopia for funds received, citing the lack of political space, endemic injustice, the repression of basic freedoms and widespread human rights crimes; however, now, the people of Ethiopia have reason to expect that the climate of impunity is changing. 

The United States House Appropriations Committee has included stringent new requirements of accountability from the Government of Ethiopia in a section of the new 2014 bill that directly addresses Ethiopia. (Please refer to the sub-section of the bill below.) Continue reading US seeks Ethiopian Accountability to Secure Aid