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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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Ethiopia ‘deliberately blocking’ U.S. Congress resolution on human rights! Does it have such power?

18 Oct

Editor’s Note:

    ‘Deliberately blocking’ is a strong phrase, not applicable to Ethiopia!

    TEO does not believe the repressive ethnic minority TPLF regime in Ethiopia has any power or influence to block a resolution by or any action of the US Congress.

    TEO agrees with Freedom House’s U.S. Congress Should Call Ethiopia’s Bluff. It is an empty noise the senators and Congressmen/women must call its threat to withdraw from security cooperation with the United States for what it is: a mere bluff!
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Smith Resolution on Ethiopian Human Rights Advances From Committee in the US Congress

28 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Press Release, July 27, 2017

“Today [Thursday], the full House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to advance a resolution, authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), highlighting the human rights violations of the Ethiopian government, and offering a blueprint to create a government better designed to serve the interests of the Ethiopian people.
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Sen Leahy statement on recent events in Ethiopia

30 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Press release

MR. LEAHY. Mr. President, I want to bring the Senate’s attention to the Ethiopian government’s brutal crackdown on protestors over the past nine months. According to Human Rights Watch, more than 500 people have been killed by Ethiopian security forces in anti-government demonstrations since November 2015, including over 100 gunned down in early August of this year alone.
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TPLF’s long-term viability as a stable US partner in fighting terrorism questioned at a US Congerss hearing

14 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

ESAT News (July 14, 2016): Harsh repression of dissent, use of the anti-terrorism law to imprison journalists and bloggers, opposition leaders, and civil society activists as well as rigged elections where the ruling EPRDF declared 100 percent victory are all signs that the regime in Ethiopia could not be a viable US partner, according to Mark Lagon, President of Freedom House.
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Curing trachoma eyes & disease prevention in trachoma ‘endemic Ethiopia’: Ethics & fairness need to be guiding principles

20 Feb

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)



The World Health Organization’s (WHO) target date of 2020 for the global elimination of trachoma “as a public health problem” is fast approaching. Accordingly, the campaign has thus come to be known in all parts of the world in its short form: GET 2020 – i.e., Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020.
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US House Appropriations Bill (2014) Section relating to Ethiopia

6 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

SEC. 7042

(d) ETHIOPIA—Funds appropriated by this Act that are available for assistance for Ethiopian military and police forces shall not be made available unless the Secretary of State :—

    (A) certifies to the Committees on Appropriations that the Government of Ethiopia is implementing policies to—

    (i) protect judicial independence; freedom of expression, association, assembly, and religion; the right of political opposition parties, civil society organizations, and journalists to operate without harassment or interference; and due process of law; and

    (ii) permit access to human rights and humanitarian organizations to the Somali region of Ethiopia; and

    (B) submits a report to the Committees on Appropriations on the types and amounts of United States training and equipment proposed to be provided to the Ethiopian military and police including steps to ensure that such assistance is not provided to military or police personnel or units that have violated human rights, and steps taken by the Government of Ethiopia to investigate and prosecute members of the Ethiopian military and police who have been credibly alleged to have violated such rights.

(2) The restriction in paragraph (1) shall not apply to IMET assistance, assistance to Ethiopian military efforts in support of international peacekeeping operations, countering regional terrorism, border security, and for assistance to the Ethiopian Defense Command and Staff College.

(3) Funds appropriated by this Act under the headings ‘‘Development Assistance’’ and ‘‘Economic Support Fund’’ that are available for assistance in the lower Omo and Gambella regions of Ethiopia shall—

    (A) not be used to support activities that directly or indirectly involve forced evictions;

    (B) support initiatives of local communities to improve their livelihoods; and

    (C) be subject to prior consultation with affected populations.

(4) The Secretary of the Treasury shall instruct the United States executive director of each international financial institution to oppose financing for any activities that directly or indirectly involve forced evictions in Ethiopia.

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