Ethiopia: Land Grab Behind Settlement Plan?

The U.S. and U.K. aid offices are being accused of downplaying testimony offered by ethnic communities who accuse the government of evicting them from their land to make way for development projects.

An Ethiopian farmer.

  • Ethiopia:   DFID Fail to Act on Human Rights Violations

    ThinkAfricaPress, 10 May 2013

    The Ethiopian government may be guilty of atrocities against indigenous peoples as it completes construction of the Gibe III dam. UK aid-agency DFID has failed to exert its… Read more »

  • Ethiopia:   Resettlement Scheme Leaves Lives Shattered

    Guardian Network, 22 January 2013

    A 'villagisation' programme has left many people from Ethiopia's Gambella region bereft of land and loved ones, casting donor support in an unflattering light Read more »

  • Ethiopia:   Army Commits Torture, Rape

    HRW, 28 August 2012

    The Ethiopian military responded to an April 2012 attack on a large commercial farm in Gambella region with arbitrary arrests, rape, and other abuses against scores of local… Read more »

  • Ethiopia:   Resettlement Debate Highlights Rights Problem

    African Arguments, 26 January 2012

    Human Rights Watch released its latest highly critical report on Ethiopia last week, claiming abuse and coercion in a resettlement program. While Ethiopia's government detests the… Read more »

  • Ethiopia:   Forced Relocations Bring Hunger, Hardship

    HRW, 16 January 2012

    The Ethiopian government under its "villagization" program is forcibly relocating approximately 70,000 indigenous people from the western Gambella region to new villages that lack… Read more »

  • Africa:   Saudis Turn to Ethiopia for Food

    This is Africa, 2 July 2012

    Saudi Arabia's oil keeps the world turning, but the Kingdom is thirsty for water. For years, the government subsidised domestic food production to feed its 25m population -… Read more »

  • Ethiopia:   NGOs Call for Ethiopian Human Rights Reform

    Sudan Tribune, 12 November 2012

    Ahead of the UN Human Rights Council elections, a group of non governmental organisations (NGOs) from around the world have jointly urged Ethiopia, a standing candidate, to… Read more »

  • Ethiopia:   Ethiopia - a Country for Sale

    Fahamu, 31 March 2011

    An international company has benefited from a massive handout of land in the Gambella region of Ethiopia. Alemayehu G. Mariam shows what the devastating consequences of the deal… Read more »