Mursi sleeping the in cattle camp, January 2012, Photo: Will Hurd, Oakland Institute
USAID officials are accused of ignoring reports of profound human rights abuses by Ethiopia, a strategic ally in the Horn of Africa. They deny it.
Britain is "turning a blind eye" to the forcible expulsion of people from their ancestral lands in Ethiopia, while giving the country £345 million of aid this year, a study has found.
According to the Oakland Institute, a US think tank, the resettlement of 260,000 cattle-herders in Ethiopia, so their land can be used for industrial farming, has been accompanied by rapes and violence.
The U.K. and U.S. have ignored first-hand accounts of human rights violations in southern Ethiopia where the government is forcibly relocating people for commercial-scale sugar plantations, the Oakland Institute said.
International development organizations' money is being used by the Ethiopian government for the controversial "villagization" resettlement program to clear vast areas of rural land for large-scale agricultural investments, according to "Development Aid to Ethiopia," a new report by Oakland Institute of the United States.
The UK and US have ignored human rights abuses carried out by Ethiopia's government as it forcibly evicts tens of thousands of people from their land, a US think tank has said.
The relocations are taking place in the Omo Valley to make way for commercial farming and a big dam, the Oakland Institute says in its report.
The valley is a World Heritage site.
The UK and US have ignored human rights abuses carried out by Ethiopia's government as it forcibly evicts people from land, a US think tank says.
WASHINGTON, Jul 17 2013 (IPS) - 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.
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.
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