Land Rights

On the Ethiopian General Election

Every five years the Ethiopian people are invited by the ruling party to take part in a democratic pantomime called ‘General Elections’. Sunday 24th May saw the latest production take to the national stage.

Debt and Despair: How Small-Scale Farmers Feel the Impact of So-Called "Responsible Investment"

What is now happening in Tanzania should be an example of how not to behave if you want to help poor farmers make a living and feed their communities

Kilombero Plantations Ltd (KPL) is no ordinary rice farm. Based in Kilombero Valley, Tanzania, the company owns a 5,800 hectare plantation and buys rice from local farmers. Not only is it now the largest rice producer in East Africa, it’s become a flagship for international backers hoping to prove that corporations can deliver economic development for communities.

Irresponsible Investment: Agrica's Broken Development Model in Tanzania

Kilombero Plantations Ltd (KPL) is a 5,818 hectare (ha) rice plantation located in the heart of the fertile Kilombero Valley, Tanzania. In addition to developing a large-scale rice farm, KPL works with local smallholder farmers through an outgrower model based on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) technologies. The investment project receives considerable financial and technical support from various development institutions including the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and USAID. This report presents the findings of an investigation carried out in Tanzania between 2011 and 2015 of KPL’s investment venture, focusing on the impacts experienced by surrounding communities.

L'ombre de la guerre: lutte pour la justice dans le Sri Lanka de l'après-guerre

La guerre civile sanglante, qui a ravagé le Sri Lanka pendant 26 ans, s’est officiellement terminée en 2009 avec la défaite de la minorité séparatiste Tamoule menée par les Tigres de Libération de l’Îlam Tamoul (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, LTTE). Le conflit qui opposa le LTTE au gouvernement de majorité cingalaise bouddhiste fit environ 200 000 victimes, provoqua le déplacement de plus d’un million de personnes, détruisit les infrastructures du pays et ruina la vie des populations des provinces du Nord et de l’Est.

Think Tank Slams Sri Lanka’s Denial of Ongoing Oppression in North and East

In a scathing attack on Sri Lanka's refusal to address violations against Tamils in the north and east, a US based policy think tank said that the government attitude is a denial of the day to day loss and suffering of the communities in the country.

The Hindu on Today’s Need in Sri Lanka

The prestigious English daily of India, The Hindu has in its Editorial urged for a comprehensive plan to demilitarization and reconciliation. The Editorial under the title ‘ The blight of militarisation’ is given below for Omlanka viwers.

Anuradha Mittal Urges HRC on Judicial Process for Rights Abuse

Anuradha Mittal, the Executive Director of the Oakland Institute and the author of the report, “The Long Shadow of War: The Struggle for Justice in Post-war Sri Lanka” released on Wednesday has urged the UN Human Rights Council to focus on establishing a judicial process under auspices of the UN to ensure justice is done to the Tamil people in Sri Lanka.

She made this call during the international media conference call held on Thursday in California, to discuss the findings of her report, which details Human Rights abuses and property seizures in Sri Lanka.

Em Nome do Desenvolvimento, Povos e Ecossistemas São Arrasados

Paris, França e Oakland, Estados Unidos, maio/2015 – Nosso compromisso a favor do acesso e controle dos recursos naturais, no Greenpeace e no Oakland Institute, faz com que nos acusem constantemente de atuar contra o desenvolvimento, ou que nos tachem de “organizações do primeiro mundo que se ocupam mais com árvores do que com seres humanos”, apesar de trabalharmos com comunidades em todo o mundo, da China a Camarões ou República Checa.

The UNHRC Report – Would Delhi Minus the Sectarian/Raw Act Now on Ending Sri Lanka Genocide

This author has written a series of blogs that describes how the involvement of Delhi is becoming a necessity with the Sinhala leaders of all persuasions over the past years nurtured a flourishing genocide culture that initially began as common mob violence around the country. This culture used monstrous and brutal instruments of oppression on the Tamils to produce the most horrifying 18/19 May, Mullivaykkal, the White flag massacres and also a silent war through ‘military occupation of Tamil land to systematically suppress Tamil culture and history’.