Land Rights

US Government Support to Herakles Farms Project in Cameroon

Herakles Farms: Civil society letter to President Paul Biya, following the release of cables that show that US bullied Cameroon into approving the palm oil project.

US State Department Support to Herakles Farms Project in Cameroon

Herakles Farms: Civil society letter to US State Department, following release of cables showing US bullied Cameroon into approving palm oil project.

Ethiopia’s State of Emergency: Authorizing Oppression

The government of Ethiopia has responded to a groundswell of protests, which are calling for democracy and human rights for all, by imposing a six-month long state of emergency, effective October 8.

Foreign-owned Enterprises Targeted in Ethiopia's Oromia Region

Foreign-owned companies have become the latest targets of violence during the unrest in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Government officials are worried the violence could derail the country's economic growth, but analysts say addressing protesters' grievances is also key to maintaining the nation's upward economic trajectory.

After Irreechaa Tragedy, the US Must Take Action for Human Rights in Ethiopia

Irreechaa Holiday 2016: Protests and Tragedy

The annual Irreechaa festival is a time of celebration and thanksgiving for the Oromo people of Ethiopia. After the hardship of the winter months, the festival welcomes the spring and attracts millions to the town of Bishoftu in one of the largest cultural and spiritual celebrations of the year.

Ethiopia: Rising African Lion Or Broken Dictatorship?

Earlier this year, the World Bank, in an enthusiastic account, praised “The Ethiopian Way” as an exceptional model, responsible for the country’s “successful development performance.” This accolade appears to be a case of amnesia, ignoring the severe political crisis that the country has plunged into since last year. Protests, stay-at-home strikes, and many other acts of resistance – including Olympic medallist Feyisa Lilesa’s widely broadcasted denunciation of the government – are a powerful rejection of the Ethiopian government who jails its political opponents, muzzles the media, and is responsible for widespread violations of human rights and development schemes that have led to land grabs.

Les Papous Gagnent une Bataille Contre les Forestiers

Des communautés de Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée ont remporté leur première bataille : elles vont pouvoir récupérer leurs terres après la décision de la Cour suprême d’invalider des baux très controversés accordés à des entreprises étrangères. Environ un tiers de ce pays, situé entre l’Indonésie et l’Australie, est  entre les mains d’intérêts étrangers, principalement des compagnies d’exploitation forestière, selon l’ONG Oakland Institute, basée aux Etats-Unis.

La Banque Mondiale Roule-t-elle pour Monsanto?

Antoine Hasday

Depuis la crise des matières premières de 2008, la Banque Mondiale a mis en place plusieurs initiatives sensées améliorer la sécurité alimentaire. Mais certaines sont directement associées aux grandes entreprises de l'agro-industrie et semblent privilégier les intérêts de ces dernières.

Miracle or Mirage? Manufacturing Hunger and Poverty in Ethiopia

As months of protest and civil unrest hurl Ethiopia into a severe political crisis, a new report from the Oakland Institute debunks the myth that the country is the new “African Lion.” Miracle or Mirage? Manufacturing Hunger and Poverty in Ethiopia exposes how authoritarian development schemes have perpetuated cycles of poverty, food insecurity, and marginalized the country’s most vulnerable citizens.

Ethiopia: The Time for Change is Now!

This is a critical moment for Ethiopia. The US Government, United Nations leaders, and the international media are all paying attention to the abuses taking place, and finally giving these atrocities the attention they deserve. Now, more than ever, the international community needs to follow through on its responsibility. We must not accept the introduction of a bill or the pardoning of 1,000 as enough. Instead, we must continue to call for universal human rights, democracy, and justice across Ethiopia.