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#HRes128: Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia

12 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Hereunder is a copy of the H.Res.128 adopted by the United States Congress in Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia.

The resolution by the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee has 110 co-sponsors. There are two versions of the resolution, I understand, and more accurate is the PDF content.

This is only the beginning of the task for this resolution to become a law and have its desired effect in Ethiopia. The US Senate must also adopt S. 168, which so far has 23 cosponsors. At its adoption, possibly following reconciliation, once the president’s signature is affixed to it, it becomes the law of the land, guiding the United States’ action.


Introduced in House (02/15/2017):


    (1) the killing of peaceful protesters and excessive use of force by Ethiopian security forces;

    (2) the detention of journalists, students, activists and political leaders who exercise their constitutional rights to freedom of assembly and expression through peaceful protests; and

    (3) the abuse of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation to stifle political and civil dissent and journalistic freedoms.

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US Congress adopts HR#128, encouraging TPLF regime to ensure respect for human rights, rule of law & democracy in Ethiopia

11 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Etenesh Abera, Addis Standard
Addis Abeba, April 10/2018 – Despite a strong objection from Ethiopia, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a critical Ethiopia resolution 128 (HRes128) yesterday. In a letter addressed to the House of representatives, Kassa Teklebirhan, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the United States, said the resolution “would be inappropriate and untimely” and requested the House to “stop the adoption”. He also said it was “counterproductive.”
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Ma’ekalawi Prison: Why is Ethiopia still running ‘Torture Chamber’ from the past?

30 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Kalkidan Yibeltal & Tesfalem Waldyes

In Piassa, an area many consider to be the heart of Addis Abeba, rests the Ethiopian Federal Police Force Central Bureau of Criminal Investigation, otherwise known by its Amharic name, Ma’ekelawi (Amharic for central). Notorious for the sever torture detainees are subjected to inside its enclosures, Ma’ekelawi is a time defying institution which has been in use for more than half a century in Ethiopia, sadly for the same purpose.
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What has torture-in-chief minister Debretsion Gebremichael to do with Ogaden? Is he truly Ethiopia’s security-in-chief? Is it because of that Ethiopia tails all nations in its digital development?

30 Jun

Editor’s Note:

    The article hereunder was published on this page on June 30,2016, at the onset and deepening of the Ethiopian protests — at the time known as the Amhara and Oromo protests.

    It was at the height of that crisis the supposedly-minister of information communication, now the newly-minted boss of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Debretsion Gebremichael flew to the Ogaden on June 27, 2016.

    At the time, I quietly wondered what he was doing there, never trying to hire any pieces of information in my head to my aid. At the risk of exposing my laziness, let me say, I should have known better since I had long been aware of his role within the TPLF since he presented his services to the Front in security and espionage area.
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Ethiopia Has a Terrible Human Rights Record – Why Is the West Still Turning a Blind Eye?

25 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory
By Eleanor Ross, Writer and Journalist based in London

Some disappeared, others were given lengthy prison sentences. One thing all thirty men arrested in 2012 in Ethiopia had in common was that they had criticised the state and the policies of the former Premier, Meles Zenawi.
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Justice minister calls for rigorous application of anti-terrorism law, allegedly to protect GTP

4 May

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

At the joint meeting of the Ethiopian justice ministry and regional justice offices, which was held in Assosa, Benishangul-Gumuz Regional State, Justice Minister Berhan Hailu on May 2, 2013 called on those in this field to assume their responsibilities by contributing toward the unimpeded implementation and realization of the growth and transformation plan (GTP), according to the Ethiopian News Agency.
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