Ethiopia

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.

Ethiopia's Anti-Terrorism Law: A Tool to Stifle Dissent

Ethiopia's Anti-Terrorism Law: A Tool to Stifle Dissent, authored by lawyers from leading international law firms, provides an in-depth and damning analysis of Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. 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.

Concerned Citizens Present Petition Denouncing Arrest and Detention of Ethiopian Human Rights Defenders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON DC, December 17, 2015—A petition denouncing the unjust imprisonment of three Ethiopian human rights defenders and calling on the Ethiopian government to drop all charges against them immediately, is being presented this week to the Ethiopian government as well as its financial backers—governments of the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland, and the World Bank, which provide a significant amount of international aid to Ethiopia. The petition is signed by 1,229 people from 70 countries.

Dam on Ethiopia’s Omo River Causing Hunger and Conflict

Sandra Postel

In the lower Omo River Valley of southern Ethiopia, a spreading humanitarian emergency that threatens to spawn conflicts in the region is largely being met with silence from both the Ethiopian government and the international community.

African land rights activists face local persecution and international complicity.

There is a rush—for land and water—and you have these so called 'investors' charging in, corrupting local officials, and all of this supported by the development paradigm promoted by donor countries and institutions such as the World Bank. It is seen as making yourself attractive to foreign investors. And whoever gets in the way has to be criminalized and put in jail.

Protection de la biodiversité et des agro-systèmes traditionnels en Éthiopie

Dans les Hauts-plateaux de Gamo, au Sud de l’Ethiopie, l’agriculture traditionnelle basée sur l’ensète est pratiquée depuis des siècles, permettant aux agriculteurs de faire face aux variations de leur environnement et rendant la région exceptionnellement résistante à l’insécurité alimentaire. Enraciné dans la biodiversité, l’agro-système traditionnel des Hauts-plateaux de Gamo est un modèle de durabilité et de résilience.

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