Mr. Obang Metho to testify at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Obang Addresses Ethiopians in Las Vegas, Nevada:

Obang Addresses Ethiopians in Las Vegas, Nevada:

International Financial Institutions and Human Rights

Hearing Wednesday, September 30, 2015 1:30 PM HVC-215

This hearing will take place at 1:30 PM on 9/30/2015, in HVC-215.
The hearing is open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the media and the interested public.

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on international financial institutions (IFIs) and human rights.

International financial institutions exert considerable influence on international development through their lending, grant-making, technical assistance and research. The World Bank, which has set itself the goal of eliminating extreme poverty, is arguably the most important international development agency. However, the World Bank has resisted incorporating human rights standards into its work. Many World Bank projects have been strongly criticized for generating highly prejudicial effects at the domestic level, such as land grabs and forced displacement. The inclusion of human rights standards in the design and evaluation of World Bank and other IFI development projects could assist in preventing such effects. Human rights observations could furthermore play a positive role by offering guidance to the World Bank and other IFIs on programs and projects to promote at the country and project level.

The first panel of hearing witnesses will discuss case studies of the negative consequences of development projects funded by IFIs. The second panel will focus on recommendations for advancing towards the incorporation of human rights into the work of the World Bank and other IFIs.

The following witnesses will testify:

Panel I: Case studies

•Obang Metho, Executive Director, Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia
•Milton Sanchez, General Secretary, The Interinstitutional Platform of Celendin
•Nezir Sinani, Safeguards Coordinator and Climate Change Coordinator, Bank Information Center

Panel II: Recommendations

•Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

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2 Responses to Mr. Obang Metho to testify at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

  1. Namaga

    September 30, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Obang Metho does not have facts to prove the Ethiopian government wrong in its use of available and unused land for the development of the land Ethiopian and foreign commercial farmers. No Gambellas peasant was relocated without compensation. He cannot prove peasants were abused by Ethiopian government, either.
    I know he contends that the land belongs to Anuaks, not the Ethiopian government. But, it’s the law that all land in Ethiopia is the property of the state. It’s illegal to claim a privately held land. No one can buy or sell land. land is not individual or communal property. Land belongs to the state. Obang Metho cannot claim Gambella land are ancestral lands that belong Anuaks only. Such claim to be true requires the rewriting of the Ethiopian constitution.

  2. Namaga II

    October 2, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Don’t worry Falsely named Malaga.not only rewriting the constitution but also the ethnic apartide will be changed violently soon.