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Ethiopia: "Unheard Voices" report re large-scale land acquisitions - 2013

In February 2013, Oakland Institute, a think tank based in USA, issued a report, "Unheard Voices: The Human Rights Impact of Land Investments on Indigenous Communities in Gambella".  It included the perspective of local Ethiopian NGOs Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia and Anywaa Survival Organization.  It alleged that "the Ethiopian government has displaced hundreds of thousands of indigenous communities from their ancestral lands and has made these lands available to investors. This relocation process...has destroyed livelihoods, rendering small-scale farmers and pastoralist communities...fearful for their own survival. Ethiopian officials have also beaten, arrested, and intimidated individuals who have refused to comply with relocation policies."

On 6 February 2013, Oakland Institute convened an "Indian-Ethiopian Civil Society Summit on Land Investments", in New Delhi, partly to highlight the role of India-based investors and companies in agricultural investments benefitting from the Ethiopian Government's relocation process.  Articles about the summit and the Government of India's reaction to allegations against Indian companies: 

 

- "Indian companies' investments in Ethiopia displace people: Activists", Business Standard [India], 6 Feb 2013

 

- "Indian companies involved in Ethiopia land grab: activists", Hindustan Times, 5 Feb 2013

 

- "No land grabbing by Indian firms in Africa: Centre", The Hindu [India], 31 Jan 2013

 

 
For previous reports about the Ethiopian Government's forced relocation programme and agricultural investments, see:

 

- “‘What Will Happen if Hunger Comes?’: Abuses against the Indigenous Peoples of Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley”, Human Rights Watch, Jun 2012

 

- "Ethiopia: Violence Surges in Gambella", Cultural Survival, 11 Apr 2012

 

- "Leaked map reveals Ethiopia’s mass evictions plan", Survival Intl., 15 Mar 2012

 

- "'Waiting Here for Death': Forced Displacement and 'villagization' in Ethiopia's Gambella Region", Human Rights Watch, Jan 2012

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