Land Rights

Update from Gambella, Ethiopia: Human Rights Violations Impact the Anuak

As part of the Oakland Institute’s (OI) continued research and reporting on the ever unfolding and unfortunately more distressing news coming out of Ethiopia, OI recently published a new briefing paper titled Unheard Voices: The Human Rights Impact of Land Investments on Indigenous Communities in Gambella. Prepared by the International Human Rights Clinic at New York University School of Law, this briefing paper provides an overview of the human rights impacts of land investment and the villagization process on the indigenous Anuak community in Ethiopia’s Gambella region.

How Ethiopians are Being Pushed Off Their Land

Indian companies are among the biggest land holders in the African country through deals concluded in dubious circumstances

Ethiopia Speaks: Call Against Forcible Land Grab

Land deals with big business groups, including Indian companies, are being negotiated without any consensus, or prior consent of the indigenous population, forcibly evicting them from their land where they have lived for centuries with little or no compensation

Sreelatha Menon: Bloodied Pulses

Indian plantations bloom in Ethiopia at the cost of the livelihoods and homes of the tribals

 

If there is “blood diamond”, there is also such a thing as “blood maize”, “blood soya” and “blood pulses”. These come all the way from plantations in Ethiopia and other countries with repressive regimes.

India, which claims to shun blood diamonds coming from African mines that use slave labour, is enthusiastically backing exploitation of natives in Ethiopia, so that Indian enterprises can take root there.

Rights Bodies Condemn Posco Land Grab

KENDRAPADA: More than 250 international human rights organizations, comprising social workers, scientists, legal luminary activists, academics among others, have strongly criticized the Odisha government for using forces to acquire fertile lands and betel vines in the proposed Posco site in Jagatsinghpur district. They also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday, urging him to stop land acquisition works in these areas.

Latest Report on Land Grabs in Ethiopia – InDepth Africa

The Ethiopian government has committed egregious human rights abuses to make way for agricultural land investments, in direct violation of international law, said the Oakland Institute in a new briefing paper released in New Delhi this week.

The report, entitled “Unheard Voices: The Human Rights Impact of Land Investments on Indigenous Communities in Gambella,” calls on Ethiopia to put an end to the illegal forced evictions of indigenous peoples in areas targeted for land investment.

Indian Companies Involved in Ethiopia Land Grab

There is something in common between Karuturi Global, a pioneer worldwide in production of roses, Emami Biotech, a part of Kolkata-based Emami group, the conglomerate Shapoorji Pallonji, and another eight other Indian companies.

According to a recent report by a US-based policy think tank, these Indian enterprises are on a land grab spree in Ethiopia and have already acquired 600,000 hectares of land (mostly on lease) in past few years.

These enterprises plan to yield edible oil, cereals, pulses, rice, soya bean and cotton from these lands.

Ethiopia Speaks: Call Against Forcible Land Grab

Land deals with big business groups, including Indian companies, are being negotiated without any consensus, or prior consent of the indigenous population, forcibly evicting them from their land where they have lived for centuries with little or no compensation

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