Land Rights

European Union Bankrolls Deceitful Land Project in Ethiopia

The European Union and Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development are funding a €3.8 million ($4.2 million) agricultural initiative in Ethiopia. "Support to Responsible Agricultural Investment" (S2RAI), launched in March 2016, is a three-year long project focused on two western regions of Ethiopia: Gambella and Benishangul-Gumuz. According to documents made public at the project-launching workshop in Bishoftu on July 15-16, 2016, S2RAI’s main purpose is to contribute to "improved food and nutrition security by promoting secure land tenure and responsible agricultural investments." Yet, the project overlooks key facts with regard to food security, land, and the political situation in Ethiopia, which discredit this official objective.

Us Fears Military Uprising in Sri Lanka?

Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang has advised the Sri Lanka Government on how to implement proposals of the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC).

The Military which Razed Schools and Churches in Vali North

The Valli North people have accused the army of destroying and razing to ground several schools and churches which were located within the HSZ of the Valli North and that, they have put up at least one tourist resort and operating it on these lands.

The people of Vali North had indicated this in a letter they have written to California-based think tank Oakland Institute, requesting their help in returning to their own lands.

International Community Turning a 'Nelsonian Eye' On Sri Lanka which Backtracking On Promises, Accuses Oakland Institute

California-based think tank Oakland Institute which has again published a report on Sri Lanka placing serious accusation that, the Sri Lankan Government has not fully fulfilled its promise to return the lands of people, thousands of people are waiting to return to their own lands, military occupation is continuing, uncertainty still remain in obtaining justice and has said that, at a time when truth and reconciliation is most vital, important international players like the United States are turning a blind eye to President Sirisena’s backpedaling.

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.

US Accused of Turning a Blind Eye on Sri Lanka's 'Back-Pedalling'

By Athula Vithanage

The Obama administration failing to apply pressure on Sri Lanka to honour pledges made at the UN for a fair and international war crimes process has been described by a leading US based policy think tank as shocking.

NGO Questions Sirisena Government’s Resettlement Record

One and a half years after Maithripala Sirisena became Sri Lankan President, thousands continue to live in camps of internally-displaced persons (IDPs) or with relatives, waiting to return home, says a California-based policy think tank, according to The Hindu newspaper.

In its 16-page report, the Oakland Institute has stated that as of November 2015, about 11,500 families (38,500 people) were identified as IDPs. Most of them are living with their friends and relatives. In 32 camps, there were 1,158 families (4,238 persons).

Oakland Institute Paints Grim Picture of Tamil Refugees’ Resettlement

By PK Balachandran

COLOMBO: The US-based Oakland Institute has in its latest report on Sri Lanka, painted a grim picture of the resettlement of Tamils displaced by the war.

“Seven years after the war, it is hard to remain hopeful. Despite changes in the government, multiple visits from international dignitaries, people still wait to return home,” say the authors of the report, Anuradha Mittal and Elizabeth Fraser.

NGO Questions Sirisena Govt.’s Resettlement Record

T. Ramakrishnan

It finds fault with the way the Sirisena government has been handling the issue of resettlement.

One and a half years after Maithripala Sirisena became Sri Lankan President, thousands continue to live in camps of internally-displaced persons (IDPs) or with relatives, waiting to return home, says a California-based policy think tank.

Waiting to Return Home: New Report Reveals Continued Plight of IDPs in Post-War Sri Lanka

Oakland, CA—Threatened and despaired, a group of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka petitioned the Oakland Institute this year to help them return home. This inspired the Institute’s latest report released today, Waiting to Return Home: Continued Plight of the IDPs in Post-War Sri Lanka.