*** News Conference Invitation ***
‘What Will Happen if Hunger Comes?’ Abuses against the Indigenous Peoples of Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley
Human Rights Watch is pleased to invite you to the launch of a new report, “‘What Will Happen if Hunger Comes?’ Abuses against the Indigenous Peoples of Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley”, on Monday, June 18, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in Nairobi.
The Ethiopian government is forcibly displacing agro-pastoral indigenous communities in the Lower Omo Valley to make way for 245,000 hectares of state-run sugar plantations, linked to the development of the Gibe III dam, which will provide much-needed hydropower to Ethiopia. The cost of this development to indigenous groups is massive: their farms are being cleared, prime grazing land is being lost, and livelihoods are being decimated. Government security forces are forcing them to move through violence and intimidation. The Ethiopian government has failed to meaningfully consult, compensate, or discuss with these communities alternative means of livelihoods.
What: Release of the Human Rights Watch report, “‘What Will Happen if Hunger Comes?’ Abuses against the Indigenous Peoples of Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley”
Who: Felix Horne, consultant and author of the report, Human Rights Watch
When: Monday, June 18, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Fiesta Restaurant, Chester House, Koinange St., Nairobi, Kenya
For more Human Rights Watch reporting on Ethiopia, please visit: www.hrw.org/africa/ethiopia
For more information, please contact: In Nairobi, Felix Horne (English): +1-514-894-8629 (mobile); or firstname.lastname@example.org In London, Ben Rawlence (English, French, Swahili): +44-798-481-6013 (mobile); or email@example.com
Note to journalists: Copies of the report will be available at the news conference.