Human Rights Watch alleges forcible relocation of indigenous peoples in Ethiopia to pave way for commercial agriculture

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17 January 2012

Ethiopia: Forced Relocations Bring Hunger, Hardship

Author: Human Rights Watch

The Ethiopian government under its “villagization” program is forcibly relocating approximately 70,000 indigenous people from the western Gambella region to new villages that lack adequate food, farmland, healthcare, and educational facilities... State security forces have repeatedly threatened, assaulted, and arbitrarily arrested villagers who resist the transfers...The areas from which people are being moved are slated for leasing by the government for commercial agricultural development...The government says the “villagization” program is [voluntary and] designed to provide “access to basic socioeconomic infrastructures” to the people it relocates and to bring “socioeconomic & cultural transformation of the people.”

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17 January 2012

“Waiting Here for Death”: Forced Displacement and "villagization" in Ethiopia's Gambella Region

Author: Human Rights Watch

The first year of Gambella’s villagization program...[has caused] involuntary...transfers, the loss of livelihoods, the deteriorating food situation, and ongoing abuses by the armed forces against the affected people. Many of the areas from which people are being moved are slated for leasing by the government for commercial agricultural development. [full report refers to Karuturi Global, Saudi Star; includes response by Karuturi Global]

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