Land Rights

Ethiopia's Anti-Terrorism Law: A Tool to Stifle Dissent, A Legal Analysis by International Lawyers

Oakland, CA—With human rights as the special focus of the 26th Summit of the African Union that gets underway today in Ethiopia, the Oakland Institute and the Environmental Defender Law Center (EDLC) released a new report, Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Law: A Tool to Stifle Dissent. This timely report, authored by lawyers from leading international law firms, provides an in-depth and damning analysis of Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. Building on the substantial number of earlier legal analyses prepared by a wide range of critics of the law, the report examines how the law, enacted in 2009, is a tool of repression, designed and used by the Ethiopian Government to silence its critics.

Ethiopia's Anti-Terrorism Law: A Tool to Stifle Dissent

Ethiopia's Anti-Terrorism Law: A Tool to Stifle Dissent, authored by lawyers from leading international law firms, provides an in-depth and damning analysis of Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. The report examines how the law, enacted in 2009, is a tool of repression, designed and used by the Ethiopian Government to silence its critics.

Why the World Bank Is Missing the Point on Agricultural Development

Agricultural development is central to addressing some of the biggest challenges today: climate change, hunger, poverty, need for rural employment, and managing access to land and natural resources. According to the World Bank, climate change could push 100 million people into poverty in the next 15 years. Farmers will be the primary victims, affected by reduced rainfall, crop failure, heat waves, and floods. Yet, instead of investing in small-scale farmers, who produce over 70 percent of the food consumed in the world and practice sustainable agriculture, the World Bank’s programs push for a wide adoption of industrial agriculture techniques involving fossil-based chemical inputs, modified seeds etc.

Will Carbon Markets Ever Deliver for Southern Governments, Forests and People?

The Paris climate summit in December 2015 will conclude what needs to be a strong agreement to prevent the worst impacts of climate change by limiting global warming to below 2°C or even 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Achieving this goal requires action across the board, including eliminating all CO2 emissions from energy production and industrial processes by 2050. Preventing the worst impacts of climate change also requires action around forests meaning existing fossil fuel reserves remain safely locked underground.

Dam on Ethiopia’s Omo River Causing Hunger and Conflict

Sandra Postel

In the lower Omo River Valley of southern Ethiopia, a spreading humanitarian emergency that threatens to spawn conflicts in the region is largely being met with silence from both the Ethiopian government and the international community.

African land rights activists face local persecution and international complicity.

There is a rush—for land and water—and you have these so called 'investors' charging in, corrupting local officials, and all of this supported by the development paradigm promoted by donor countries and institutions such as the World Bank. It is seen as making yourself attractive to foreign investors. And whoever gets in the way has to be criminalized and put in jail.

The Swedish Energy Agency has frozen carbon credits purchases from Norwegian plantation firm Green Resources

Chris Lang

Green Resources is a Norwegian company with plantations in Africa. According to the company, its plantation operations follow, “high international practice for sustainable forest management, ESG [environmental, social and corporate governance] responsibilities and carbon sequestration”.

The plantations are certified under the Forest Stewardship Council system and the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance Standard.

Sweden Freezes Payments in Global Carbon Trade Deal After Exposé Reveals Green Resources Cheated Local Communities

As the count down starts for the climate negotiations to begin in Paris, Sweden has just announced it will freeze payment to Green Resources, one of the largest plantation forestry carbon offset companies operating on the African continent. This move follows the publication of The Darker Shade of Green: Plantation Forestry and Carbon Violence by the Oakland Institute just over a year ago

Le braquage planétaire des terres agricoles

Fabrice Nicolino

Dans son dernier ouvrage Lettre à un paysan sur le vaste merdier qu’est devenue l’agriculture, le journaliste Fabrice Nicolino dénonce l’industrialisation de l’agriculture en France et ailleurs dans le monde. Il s’attarde aussi sur le Land grabbing ou l’accaparement des terres agricoles par des entreprises étrangères dans les pays en développement. Une pratique qui menace la petite paysannerie, entraine la paupérisation des agriculteurs et l’exode rural. Nous publions ici des extraits du chapitre de son livre consacré à ce sujet.

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