Land Rights

Backroom Bullying: The Role of the United States Government in the Herakles Farms’ Land Grab in Cameroon

Backroom Bullying: The Role of the United States Government in the Herakles Farms’ Land Grab in Cameroon, shows how bullying by US government officials may have played a critical role in the granting of nearly 20,000 ha by the Cameroonian government to the US-based firm Herakles Farms in 2013, instead of the cancellation of clearly flawed project.

Feyisa Lilesa: Crossing the Line in Ethiopia

As Feyisa Lilesa, the Ethiopian marathon runner, crossed the finish line on Sunday, winning silver for his country at the Rio Olympics, his hands were crossed high above his head. To some viewers, it might have been a symbol of triumph at the end of a long race. But to those following the political turmoil in Ethiopia, it was a heroic – and dangerous – political act, sending a message globally about the plight of his people.

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).

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