Indigenous communities in Ethiopia are being forced from their land following government plans for state-run sugar plantations.
The indigenous communities are being forced from their homes by security forces using violence and intimidation, according to Human Rights Watch. These people have not been adequately consulted or compensated by the government for this action; “Ethiopia’s ambitious plans for the Omo valley appear to ignore the rights of the people who live there,” (Ben Rawlence, HRW). This action contravenes domestic and international rights which grant the property rights to indigenous people for land which they have historically occupied.
These rights must be recognised by the state and residents should only be displaced following prior and informed consent and with adequate compensation.
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