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

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 […]

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U.S. Issued Security Warning to Its Citizens in Ethiopia

By U.S. Embassy (Ethiopia), THE U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia informs U.S. citizens that political rallies or demonstrations may occur without significant notice throughout Ethiopia, particularly in the lead up to Ethiopian national elections in May 2015. Such rallies and demonstrations may be organized by any party or group and can occur in any […]

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

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 […]

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Ethiopia: Over 540 Mostly Ethnic Amhara Killed in Mezenger Zone

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 […]

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Karuturi Debacle Prompts Ethiopia to Review Land Policy

By Aman Sethi, In 2008, Karuturi Global made international headlines when it leased 300,000 hectares (ha) of land in southern Ethiopia with the stated aim of becoming the world’s largest food producer. Five years on, the slow progress of Karuturi and similar projects has prompted the Ethiopian government to reassess its policy of leasing vast […]

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