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Time to Repeal Anti-Terrorism Law in Ethiopia

Oakland – With the African Union celebrating the African Year of Human Rights at its 26th summit, at its headquarters in Addis, Ethiopia, the venue raises serious concerns about commitment to human rights. Ethiopia’s so called economic development policies have not only ignored but enabled and exacerbated civil and human rights abuses in the country.

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U.S., U.K. Accused of Ignoring, Facilitating Abuses in Ethiopia

Washington – The U.S. and U.K. foreign assistance offices are being accused of ignoring, mischaracterising or downplaying testimony offered by ethnic communities in Ethiopia who accuse the Addis Ababa government of forcefully evicting them from their lands and violating their human rights in the name of mass development projects.

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U.S. Company Accused of Greenwashing Cameroon ‘Land-Grab’

Washington – Environment groups are accusing a New York-based agricultural company, Herakles Farms, of going forward with plans for a 73,000-hectare palm-oil plantation and refinery in southwest Cameroon despite a lack of government authorisation, two court injunctions, and in the face of significant community opposition.

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AgriSol land deal in Tanzania creates uncertain future for over 160,000

A new report by the Oakland Institute, Lives on Hold, exposes the consequences of Iowa-based AgriSol Energy LLC’s plans to lease more than 800,000 acres in Tanzania. The project initiated in 2007-2008 has moved forward without public debate or consent, and will evict more than 160,000 long-term residents of Katumba and Mishamo, who remain in the dark over compensation and relocation plans.

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Tanzania: US university withdraws from land grab deal

The most controversial and potentially devastating part of the deal was the forceful removal of 162,000 people thriving on the land. In a turnabout that should remove AgriSol‘s last shred of credibility as a ‘responsible investor’ in Tanzania, Iowa State University (ISU) announced in a statement on February 10, 2012 that they have withdrawn themselves entirely from ties to AgriSol and the land deal it is planning in Tanzania.

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Foreign energy policy fuels famine in Africa

Pambazuka News speaks to Oakland Institute* about the findings of their latest round of in-depth research into land grabs in Africa, from the role played by the energy policies of rich countries and the World Bank to the dangers of a development agenda that fails to heed the negative social, economic and environmental impacts of industrial agrofuel and agroforestry projects**.

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