LONDON — Two new reports published this month say sustainable development in Ethiopia is impossible without a specific focus on human rights. The reports say donor countries should bear responsibility for ensuring their aid money is not used to fuel abuse.
Ethiopia receives billions of dollars in international aid every year. It is money that is used to help improve basic services like access to health and education.
Washington — Les organismes d'aide étrangère américains et britanniques sont accusés d'ignorer, de mal caractériser ou de minimiser les témoignages faits par des communautés ethniques en Ethiopie, par rapport à certains abus du gouvernement de ce pays.
Ces communautés accusent notamment le gouvernement d'Addis-Abeba de les expulser de force de leurs terres et de violer leurs droits humains au nom des projets de développement de masse.
The Ethiopian government has vowed to continue with its often controversial rural settlement programme in the coming years despite strong criticism.
The programme, which the central government has been implementing over the last decade, has benefited citizens residing in the poorer regions, a Ministry of Federal Affairs spokesman said.
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.