Congressman Urges US to Reconsider Ethiopia Aid

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Congressman Mike Coffman said that if the regime ignores the resolution as well as the call for independent investigation by the UN Human Rights Council, then the U.S. should use its aid leverage until the regime ensures the human rights of the Ethiopian people.

By ESAT News,

The United States should use its leverage to ensure that the Ethiopian regime respects the human rights of its people, Congressman Mike Coffman said on Monday.

In an exclusive interview with ESAT, Congressman Coffman, who represents district six of Colorado, where thousands of Ethiopians call it home, said that if the Ethiopian government ignores the resolution by the US and also by the UN Human Rights Commission, then “Congress should find additional tools to use.”

“Certainly foreign aid is one to look at,” Representative Coffman further said.

He stressed that if the aid that was meant to fight global terrorism is instead being used to suppress the Ethiopian people, then that aid should be brought into question.

“We have to exercise all the leverage that we have,” Coffman said.

The United States, the Congressman said, need to support the request by the UN Human Rights Commission that called for an independent investigation into the violence and allow UN rapporteurs enter the country to investigate the killings.

As per his promise to the constituent Ethiopians in Colorado last month, Mr. Coffman met and expressed his concerns to the Ethiopian ambassador to the US, Girma Biru, regarding the deadly crackdowns on protesters.

The Congressman said he made it clear to the ambassador that he would support a resolution that condemns human rights abuses and that seeks to implement the request by the UN Human Rights Commission.

“Unfortunately the Ethiopian government is not the representative government we would hope for,” the Congressman said and added “I am still hopeful there would be a government that would be representative of all the people of Ethiopia.”

Mr. Coffman, who said the Ethiopian issue is gaining momentum in Congress, urged all Ethiopian Americans to call their representatives in Congress to take action.

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution with 11 other Senators in April condemning the lethal violence used by the government of Ethiopia against protestors, journalists, and others in civil society for exercising their rights under Ethiopia’s constitution.

The resolution was expected to be tabled to the house on Tuesday September 13, 2016.

US Congressman Mike Coffman maintains a close relationship with the Ethiopian Community in Colorado whom, he said, represent the best of American values, and a community that wants to realize the American dream.



VOA Report


23 thoughts on “Congressman Urges US to Reconsider Ethiopia Aid

  1. The TPLF can’t fall soon enough. I’ve heard from many Amharas and Oromos that they are keen to normalize relations with Eritrea and some have expressed shame for supporting the TPLF in the 1998-2000 war. It will be a new day for the Horn of Africa once the TPLF disappears.

    1. We can only hope for good normal relations with whoever comes to power in Ethiopia. Before the border war we thought we could trust Weyane & we were wrong. We must hope for the best but always prepare & be ready for the worst.

    2. They should believe in their struggle. They can’t be pessimistic and while fighting their enemy. They have to be dead sure of defeating their enemy.

    3. While the whole Ertrean population is on the side of Ethiopian protesters against the minority Weyane Government I have not seen any Ethiopian oppositon’s organization declaring Ethiopia should accept the boundary commission’s decision, withdraw from the Eritrean occupied territories (including Badme) and thrn normalise it’s relations with Eritrea.
      We trusted the Weyanes in the past and we have seen the result of that trust. We Eritreans have to be very cautious of any government that will come to power after this tragic Ethiopian episod.

      1. You are 100% right. Even though the growing populism in Ethiopia is a welcome change, we still have the majority of Ethiopians who do not have any clue about Ertirea. The problem is Ethiopians still harbor the anti Eritrea indoctrination by successive regimes. The TPLF exploited the indoctrination of anti Eritrean sentiment to the fullest during the Bademe war. Extreme caution is needed.

        1. This is true! Port is only crucial to Ethiopians. The hatred of TPLF develop due to the Eritrea independence so this should be our first and foremost precaution!

          1. TPLF turned its back on Eritreans to appease some delusional Ethiopian politicains. How is that working for you now. Your TPLF is still hated by all.

          2. I paste the below comment because port is not only the important point. The well being of humans is very important. My arguement was hatred is developed with griviences but when it comes to one’s country interest we have to be conscious. I strongly believe in Eritreans’s oness to defend our enemies whoever they are.

            “Having an accsess to a port is very important having Said that accsess to a port is not everything there are country’s with no port and they are doing well and a country like Ethiopia with so much untapped resurse together with huge fertile land will definetly aford to paye the port fee to any port they choose to use, when it comes to Badume Ethiopia need to respect the verdict in Algeria with out any pre condition.

            God bless Ethiopia & Eritrea.”

          3. Beautiful Asmara & Addis Ababa · Edit

            Having an accsess to a port is very important having Said that accsess to a port is not everything there are country’s with no port and they are doing well and a country like Ethiopia with so much untapped resurse together with huge fertile land will definetly aford to paye the port fee to any port they choose to use, when it comes to Badume Ethiopia need to respect the verdict in Algeria with out any pre condition.
            God bless Ethiopia & Eritrea.

  2. Is Eritrea part of the IGAD? Because all the leaders of IGAD countries were in Mogadishu except Omar al-Bashir was afraid of the American troops in Somalia.

    1. Eritrea is not part of IGAD until the scums are removed. IGAD will be revived once there’s a proper gov in Ethiopia in partnership with Eritrea.

      1. But once upon a time Eritrea was part of IGAD, why did they leave?
        And also is Eritrea part of the African Union? Because we dnt see them in African Union meetings?

      1. Well you should’ve paid full attention because Eritrea is a country in the horn of African, and the meeting was about the conflicts in south Sudan which Eritrea is a player, so Eritrea should’ve come to this meeting.

        1. Too bad liar woyanay no one trusts you anymore. You are the targer now not Eritrea. TPLF is the one who has been used to destroy Somalia and South Sudan.

  3. The US still supports TPLF. You only have to read between the lines and the words used to describe the uprising in Ethiopia. The words shuch us “voilence in Ethiopia”, “use of excessive force” are used for to describe unruly groups and individuals and the response by a given government to criminals. To this day, I don’t think the US has condemed the TPLF government except to give a lip service by saying we are concerned.

  4. Ethiopians should not trust americans. They should ask America: “Are you with us or against us?”. USA is doing everything to keep the apartheid system alive while thousands of ethiopians are killed by the coward weyanes, but at the end of the day carma is bitch.

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