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Ethiopia's Anti-terrorism Law: Security or Silencing Dissent?

Salem Solomon

A prominent Ethiopian political opposition member sits in prison on charges of terrorism. He faces a long sentence and possibly the death penalty if convicted.

But the tool he is accused of using to commit the crime wasn't a gun or a bomb, and he isn't connected to any kind of religious extremism.

Hungry and Frightened: Famine in Ethiopia 2016

Graham Peebles

Millions of the poorest, most vulnerable people in Ethiopia are once again at risk of starvation. Elderly men and women, weak and desperate, wait for food and water; malnourished children lie dying; livestock, bones protruding, perish.

Ethiopia Hands Dissident 9-year Jail Term

An Ethiopian court has handed down a nine-year jail sentence to a leading dissident from the restive region where the government has leased vast tracts of land to foreign investors.

Human Rights in Ethiopia - An Update

Tom Lantos Commission Briefing, April 19, 2016
2255 Rayburn House Office Building

Statement by Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute

Congressman Ellison, members of the Tom Lantos Commission, thank you for this opportunity to provide an update on land-related human rights issues to you.

World Bank Accountability on Forced Resettlements Must be a Priority at Its Spring Meetings

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April 12, 2016

Contact: Anuradha Mittal, amittal@oaklandinstitute.org

Oakland, CA—World Bank accountability on forced resettlements resulting from its programs must be front and center at its spring meetings, taking place this week in Washington DC.

Opinion: World Bank Reinvents Tainted Aid Program for Ethiopia

Elizabeth Fraser

I was taught that responsibility means admitting your mistakes and being accountable when you make a mistake. I still believe this to be true for individuals and institutions. So when a powerful group like the World Bank makes a mistake, I expect it to be accountable for its wrong-doings, and to do everything possible to make sure those mistakes don’t happen again.

Unfortunately, this couldn’t be farther from reality.

Ethiopia Body Suspends Farm Lease Programme After Poor Results

ADDIS ABABA—An Ethiopian state body that has been involved in leasing tracts of land for commercial farming has suspended the issuance of new licences until it completes a review because of scant progress in developing areas leased so far, an official said.

The Horn of Africa country in 2011 allocated 3.6 million hectares of land, close to the size of Switzerland, for firms seeking to invest in agriculture, mostly around its western Gambela and Benishangul Gumuz regions.

Under New Disguise World Bank Still Condones Land-Grab and Displacement in Ethiopia--Report

Moral Bankruptcy: World Bank Reinvents Tainted Aid Program for Ethiopia, a new report released today by the Oakland Institute, exposes the shameful reinvention of one of the Bank’s most problematic programs in Ethiopia.

The report also reveals that the US Treasury violated congressional law when voting in favor of this program.

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