Ethiopia: Activists raise human rights concerns over land acquisition by Indian companies

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6 February 2013

Indian-Ethiopian Civil Society Summit on Land Investments [India]

Author: Oakland Institute

On February 6, 2013 the Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF), Kalpavriksh, PEACE, and The Oakland Institute convened a day-long civil society summit at…New Delhi, bringing together activists resisting land grabs across India and Ethiopia.The meeting was a groundbreaking opportunity for dialogue among Ethiopian small farmers and land rights activists and their Indian counterparts, providing space for those directly affected by land grabs to share their experiences, suffering, and collectively strategize to challenge institutional and corporate land grabbers.

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5 February 2013

Indian companies involved in Ethiopia land grab: activists [India]

Author: Charu Sudan Kasturi, Hindustan Times

Indian investors eying Ethiopia should ensure that the local population is consulted before they are displaced for projects that involve the transfer of vast tracts of land, activists on Tuesday said, citing what they alleged were multiple instances of land grab...The Ethiopian government had committed "egregious violations of human rights" in leasing over 600,000 hectares of land to Indian companies, Anuradha Mittal of the US-based Oakland Institute said in New Delhi on Tuesday - charges that country's government has consistently denied...Several thousand members of the Anywaa tribe have been displaced, and are being denied access to their farm lands, Nyikaw Ochalla, the director of the Anywaa Suirvival Organization - a group supporting the community - said.

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