Karuturi Global, the Bangalore-based publicly-held rose exporter, has recently seen the troubles with its employees in Kenya escalating over a wage settlement. This has snowballed into a winding-up petition filed by a packaging company which is part of the Aga Khan Development Network.
All land in Ethiopia belongs to the state, giving the government unusual leverage in its dealings with local communities
A violent attack on a tea plantation leased by Indian-owned Verdanta Harvest Plc, a subsidiary of the Noida-based Lucky Group, has renewed concerns over Ethiopia’s policy of leasing out large tracts of land to international investors.
In the face of evidence, the UK and US continue to deny systematic human rights abuses are occurring in the Lower Omo as thousands are displaced for an irrigation scheme.
The US-based think tank, the Oakland Institute, recently accused the UK and US governments of aiding and abetting the eviction of thousands of people from their land in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley.
Ethiopia boasts one of the strongest economies in Africa. But this comes at a heavy price for the country’s farmers who are being pushed off their land to make way for multinational agribusiness. Anuradha Mittal is executive director of the Oakland Institute. She speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm.
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Oakland Institute and the Housing and Land Rights Network submit human rights report on Ethiopia to the United Nations.
A makeshift ambulance at a regional clinic in Ethiopia. (Image by Sam Loewenberg. Ethiopia, 2010.)
Several major aid agencies have been blamed for not addressing rights violations in Ethiopia, including those linked to their programmes in the country. Samuel Loewenberg reports.
A journalist's visit to South Omo, where rights groups say police have raped women and otherwise pressured locals to leave an area tagged to become a huge sugar plantation, was quickly curtailed by authorities.