Ethiopia

The Great Land Rush - Ethiopia: The Billionaire's Farm

Tom Burgis, Images by Charlie Bibby

As an orchestra of mosquitoes and crickets greeted the dusk, Bedlu Abera looked out over fields of rice stretching across the Ethiopian lowlands towards the horizon. A flicker of contentment crossed his face. “It’s satisfying,” he said. “We are making progress.”

Contact Your Member of Congress to Sign a Letter Urging President Obama to Help Free Okello Akway Ochalla

Okello Akway Ochalla

Congressman Keith Ellison is gathering support from his fellow Representatives to sign a letter urging President Obama to help use his influence to free Okello Akway Ochalla.

To support this effort, please reach out to your member of congress to ask him or her to sign the letter. To find your representative, go to the House website and enter your zip code:

 

Ethiopia's Anti-Terrorism Law stifles dissent

The 26th African Union Summit came to a close over the weekend. It was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Despite the fact that human rights were a major focus of the gathering, Ethiopia’s government is under heavy international scrutiny, accused of continued human rights and civil liberty abuses.

A think tank says Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law is used to stifle dissent

The government of Ethiopia routinely uses its vague and overly broad anti-terrorism law to stifle freedom of expression and political opposition, the Oakland Institute, a policy think tank said in a report today.

“The flawed anti-terrorism law must be revised and its misuse by the government stopped,” the Institute recommended.

Ethiopia’s highly controversial anti-terrorism law, Proclamation No. 652/2009, 1 was enacted in 2009.

Ethiopia Must Stop Use of Anti-terror Law to Curtail Legitimate Political Debate and Dissent

Ethiopia must revise its controversial and flawed anti-terrorism proclamation and stop its routine application to stifle free expression and political dissent, the Oakland Institute and the Environmental Defender Law Center said in a new legal brief.

The refugee who took on the British government

Ben Rawlence

One day in late 2010, a farmer – I will call him Opik – woke up in his village in the remote Ethiopian province of Gambella. In this lush lowland area of savanna bordering South Sudan, the semi-nomadic Anuak people have lived for centuries, cultivating sorghum and maize, swimming in the river and gathering nuts, berries and fruits from the trees and wild honey from the forest. “It was paradise,” Opik recalled.

Ethiopia Drought Crisis: Pastoralists Threatened By El Niño, Land Grabbing, Population Growth Adopt Nontraditional Methods To Survive

Morgan Winsor

Born and raised in one of the earth’s hottest and driest spots, Ethiopian herdsman Hasen Hamed perpetually moves his cattle across the northeast Afar region using traditional methods to locate green grass and drinking water, just as his father did before him. In recent years, Hamed has walked for days, only to find parched grass in customary rangelands that his ancestors had relied on to keep their herds alive. Now Hamed, 31, has just nine animals, after six died from famine this past year.

Join Me in Asking President Obama to Wield His Influence, and Help Bring My Father Home!

My father, Mr. Okello Akway Ochalla, is a Norwegian citizen who was kidnapped by the Ethiopian Security Forces and renditioned to Ethiopia in March 2014. Wrongly charged as a terrorist for defending indigenous rights, he has been languishing in jail for nearly two years.

United States, a key ally and donor of Ethiopia, can use its partnership, as it has in the past, to free my father.

Ethiopia's Anti-Terrorism Law: A Tool to Stifle Dissent, A Legal Analysis by International Lawyers

Oakland, CA—With human rights as the special focus of the 26th Summit of the African Union that gets underway today in Ethiopia, the Oakland Institute and the Environmental Defender Law Center (EDLC) released a new report, Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Law: A Tool to Stifle Dissent. This timely report, authored by lawyers from leading international law firms, provides an in-depth and damning analysis of Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. Building on the substantial number of earlier legal analyses prepared by a wide range of critics of the law, the report examines how the law, enacted in 2009, is a tool of repression, designed and used by the Ethiopian Government to silence its critics.

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