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Ethiopia: Government forcibly, violently displacing indigenous communities for sugar plantations in Lower Omo Valley without adequate consultation, compensation, says Human Rights Watch

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18 June 2012

Ethiopia: Pastoralists Forced off Their Land for Sugar Plantations [includes video]

Author: Human Rights Watch

The Ethiopian government is forcibly displacing indigenous pastoral communities in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo valley without adequate consultation or compensation to make way for state-run sugar plantations, Human Rights Watch said in a report...[titled] "What Will Happen if Hunger Comes?’: Abuses against the Indigenous Peoples of Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley,”. [The report] documents how government security forces are forcing communities to relocate from their traditional lands through violence and intimidation, threatening their entire way of life with no compensation or choice of alternative livelihoods. Government officials have carried out arbitrary arrests and detentions, beatings, and other violence against residents of the Lower Omo valley who questioned or resisted the development plans.

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1 June 2012

[PDF] “‘What Will Happen if Hunger Comes?’: Abuses against the Indigenous Peoples of Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley”

Author: Human Rights Watch

[Report documenting] how government security forces are forcing communities to relocate from their traditional lands through violence and intimidation, threatening their entire way of life with no compensation or choice of alternative livelihoods. [Refers to Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCO), Dongfang Electric Corporation, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), Ethiopia Sugar Corporation, Kuruz Sugar Industry (part of Ethiopia Sugar Corporation). Includes govt. response.]

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