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Ethiopia: Government Suspends Allocations, Accelerates Domestic Preparation of Land.

The Ministry reported that it receives at least 400 monthly requests for information on investments in the area.

The Ministry of Agriculture denies human rights violations in the clearing of lands that amount to 42 percent of the region, claiming that the relocation of Indigenous peoples who formerly occupied to land was ‘voluntary.’

More… Mar 25, 2012

Leaked map reveals Ethiopia’s mass evictions plan

Leaked to Survival International, the map shows where Ethiopia intends to resettle tribes whose land and communities stand in the way of their ‘development’ plans.

"This leaked map reveals what the Ethiopian government has wanted to conceal – its intention to resettle indigenous tribes in the Lower Omo Valley. Taken together with the widespread reports of violent evictions and intimidation, it clearly shows Ethiopia’s end goal – and its refusal to respect the rights of anybody who stands in its way."

More… Mar 23, 2012

Kenya Continues To Drag Its Feet In Recognising Indigenous Peoples’ Ownership Of Wildlife Park

Two years on from the African Commission’s ruling the Endorois are still waiting for justice to be brought home

"Although the Commission recognised, for the first time in the continent, indigenous peoples’ rights over traditionally occupied land and their right to be involved in, and benefit from, any development affecting their land, the Endorois still have no land title, .."

More… Mar 03, 2012

Video - Ethiopia: A battle for land and water

Part of the Food for 9 Billion series, a NewsHour partnership with the Center for Investigative Reporting

"Many of the relocated communities could face endemic hunger as early as next year, according to Human Rights Watch. Most are still waiting for farms or seed. More than 12 million Ethiopians are currently in need of food assistance. The future for groups like the Anuak grows increasingly uncertain as the global land rush continues not just in Ethiopia, but in dozens of countries......"

More… Feb 28, 2012

Video - 'Baka - A cry from the rainforest.'

A video posted by Sophie Pritchard. Links inside.

"This programme shows how their lives have changed over 25 years, mining of cobalt, logging and a nature reserve has completely changed their forest and their lives."

More… Feb 17, 2012

Revisiting Loliondo - a Safari Report

More from Susanna's blog 'View from the Termite Mound'.

"I don’t know what to do except to ask those reading this blog but please do not travel with operators like Thomson Safaris that participate in the Tanzanian government's war against pastoralists."

More… Jan 26, 2012

Villagization, Land Grabbing and Conservation in Gambella, Ethiopia – An open question

Given the scale of the relocation of people from traditional land holdings and the enormous areas of high biodiversity forest and park under direct and imminent threat, are conservation organizations complicit through silence?

This is the accusation Human Rights Watch challenges the major donors with, but to what extent are NGOs and donors complicit?

More… Jan 24, 2012

Video - 'Uganda's first Participatory Three-Dimensional Modelling Project.'

Organised in 2011 in Kisoro by the Batwa, former hunter-gatherers who were evicted from two national parks 20 years ago

More… Jan 11, 2012