Tag Archives: Human Right

Ethiopia’s Foreign Land Lease Frenzy Fail to Deliver Food for Export

Karuturi Bogged Down by Floods in Western Ethiopia
Struggling: Karuturi Bogged down by floods in Western Ethiopia

By William Davison,

Gleaming tractors and harvesters are sitting idle five years after Karuturi Global Ltd. (KARG) opened a farm in Ethiopia that was hailed as the poster child of the country’s plan to triple food exports by 2015.

About 80 percent of the Bangalore-based company’s land in the southwestern Gambella region is on a flood plain, meaning its 100,000-hectare (247,100-acre) concession is inundated by the Baro River for as much as seven months of the year, according to Managing Director Ramakrishna Karuturi. The company was unaware of the extent of the flooding when it leased the land, he said. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Foreign Land Lease Frenzy Fail to Deliver Food for Export

China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia elected to U.N. Human Rights Council

With the return of China and Russia, so called human rights defenders will have their work cut out for them at the Human Rights Council

By Louis Charbonneau,

ChinaCubaRussia and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday won three-year seats on the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, the United Nations’ top rights body, despite concerns about abuses and restrictions on freedoms in all four nations.  Continue reading China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia elected to U.N. Human Rights Council

The Horn Needs an Honest Rapporteur of Peace, Not a Conflict Instigator

Keetharuts’s actions violate the principles of impartiality, non-selectivity and objectivity that govern the work of UN Rapporteurs

By Dawit Ghebremedhin,

On October 28 2013 the Cyrus R. Vance Center, a syndicate run by independent lawyers who want to enforce humanity notions throughout the world, held a briefing in New York City led by Ms. Sheila Keetharuth, a special rapporteur mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to report on human right issues in Eritrea.

Ms. Sheila Keetharuth was expected to give the Vance Center and its lawyers a succinct report on the information she had been gathering on Eritrea’s human right. However, It turned out she gave a vague report on what she had found on the human right shopping list: such as indefinite military service, arbitrary arrest, incommunicado detention, and large amounts of political asylum seekers coming to Western countries from Eritrea. Continue reading The Horn Needs an Honest Rapporteur of Peace, Not a Conflict Instigator

Ethiopia, the “North Korea of Africa”

A televised tear of mourners for the late totalitarian dictator and Prime Minister of Africa’s North Korea, Meles Zenawi

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

In their attacks of countries and leadership that do not align themselves with the West, the western media and NGO community, there are two countries, Iran and North Korea, that are presented as examples of, and labeled as, “pariah states”.

It is not this author’s intention to validate the western media’s assumptions about these two nations, but if they are to use labels, they ought to call a spade a spade and label Ethiopia the “North Korea” of Africa as the label best fits the minority regime in Ethiopia more than any other country or leadership in the region. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck … Continue reading Ethiopia, the “North Korea of Africa”

Ethiopia’s Rights Abuses ‘Being Ignored by US and UK Aid Agencies’

DfID and USAid accused of overlooking complaints of human rights abuses by Ethiopians caught up in ‘villagisation’ scheme

Controversial “villagisation” resettlement programme funded by US and UK results in serious right abuses to Lower Omo Valley communities

By The Guardian,

The UK Department for International Development (DfID) and USAid, the American aid agency, have been accused of ignoring evidence of human rights abuses allegedly linked to their support for a multibillion-dollar social services programme in Ethiopia.

A report published on Wednesday by the US-based thinktank the Oakland Institute details a long list of grievances presented to aid officials from the UK and US by communities in the Lower Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia. They claim they suffered intimidation, beatings, rape, forced evictions and other abuses as a result of the government’s controversial “villagisation” resettlement programme, which seeks to clear land to make way for commercial investments.  Continue reading Ethiopia’s Rights Abuses ‘Being Ignored by US and UK Aid Agencies’

State Department Slams Ethiopia on Human Rights

Forget Democracy. In Ethiopia today, there is a Thugocracy: a government of thieves, for thieves, by thieves

By AIM,

The U.S. government on Friday commended activists, citizens  and journalists for their courage in advocating for universal human rights and expressed concern over the heightened crackdown on civil liberties, rebuking several countries for shrinking the space for journalists and activists.

In its 36th annual report of human rights practices around the world, the State Department criticized the increased suppression of freedoms of expression, assembly, association and religion. The report said governments continued to repress or attack the means by which individuals organize and “demand better performance from their rulers” by instituting new impending laws throughout 2012.  Continue reading State Department Slams Ethiopia on Human Rights