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Ethiopia: Charges Against Indigenous Land Rights Defender Dropped

Pastor Omot Agwa, an indigenous land rights defender from the Gambella region
Charges against Pastor Omot Agwa, a dedicated advocate for land rights in Ethiopia’s Gambella region and an interpreter for the World Bank Inspection Panel’s investigation into the forced displacement of indigenous Anuaks, were finally dropped.

BY OAKLAND INSTITUTE

Today, charges against Pastor Omot Agwa, an indigenous land rights defender from the Gambella region of Ethiopia, were finally dropped by an Ethiopian court.

In March 2015, Pastor Omot was arrested in Addis Ababa while attempting to travel to Kenya to attend a food security conference. For six months, he was detained without charge, denied access to legal representation, and endured torture and solitary confinement. Continue reading Ethiopia: Charges Against Indigenous Land Rights Defender Dropped

Ethiopia: A Country for Sale

We didn't even see the land, they just offer us that much land at that peanut price for 50 years: Karuturi Global

By Zena Ethiopia,

The Deal of the Century: Supposing someone offered you the following land deal, would you take it or walk away believing it is too good to be true?

For £150 a week (USD$245), you can lease more than 2,500 sq km (1,000 sq miles) of virgin, fertile land – an area the size of Dorset, Englandfor 50 years, plus generous tax breaks. If you walked away from it, you would have lost out on “the deal of the century”, perhaps the millennium. If you think this is a joke or some sort of wild and crazy exaggeration, see this Guardian (U.K.) report and video on an incredible international land giveaway that is taking place in Gambella in Western Ethiopia and judge for yourself. Continue reading Ethiopia: A Country for Sale