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How Ethiopian Americans Changed US Policy on Ethiopia

US policy on Ethiopia challenged by a small and determined Ethiopian activists
H.Res. 128 was a David vs. Goliath match-up between small grassroots army of committed Ethiopian human rights advocates and big money lobbying. But as the old Ethiopian aphorism propounds, “if spiders could gather up their silk in a single twine, they could tie up a lion.”

BY ALEMAYEHU MARIAM | THE HILL

An old Ethiopian aphorism propounds, “If spiders could gather up their silk in a single twine, they could tie up a lion.” In other words, many weak and powerless people could band together and defeat a mighty adversary. Continue reading How Ethiopian Americans Changed US Policy on Ethiopia

New Ethiopia PM Requires Nothing Less than a Miracle to Succeed

It is self-evident that Prime Minister (Lt Col) Dr. Abiy Ahmed is tasked with a monumental task and an overflowing to-do list. But is he empowered enough to initiate “changes” under a government and coalition that openly opposed to change? (Photo: EPA)

BY TECLE ABRAHAM

The incoming PM of Ethiopia has by his inaugural speech sounded like he is ushering a new era in Ethiopia’s body politics. Like a good preacher reprimanding his flocks for not behaving the way the holy book instructs them to, the PM also described a litany of misconduct and misbehavior by his Woyane dominated EPDRF government albeit indirectly. But he shied away from specifying the legislative and institutional measures he would enact to get rid of these ills. Continue reading New Ethiopia PM Requires Nothing Less than a Miracle to Succeed

U.S. Congress to Vote on Ethiopia Resolution

Regime ignores ultimatum. House Resolution 128, a resolution supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia, will be sent to the floor of the House for a vote.

BY ENGIDU WOLDIE | ESAT NEWS

The U.S. House of Representative will hold a vote on Tuesday on House Resolution 128 (H.Res.128), a resolution supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia. Continue reading U.S. Congress to Vote on Ethiopia Resolution

Washington Puts Ethiopia’s Human Rights Abusers on Notice

The very least the U.S. government can do this time is taking a stand

Swift and Decisive Action. Is a more aggressive U.S. approach to human rights likely to produce swift results where past policies of turning a blind eye and appeasement of repressive African regimes have failed?

BY ALEMAYEHU G. MARIAM

In the lore of the Wild West, cowboys would have quick-draw duels at noon when the sun is high in the sky. It is a do-or-die moment. The U.S. Congress has set high noon on February 28, 2018, for the Ethiopian government to meet its demands for human rights accountability in H.Res.128 or face the music on the House floor. Continue reading Washington Puts Ethiopia’s Human Rights Abusers on Notice

U.S. Gave 28-Day Ultimatum to the Ethiopian Regime to Allow UN Rapporteurs

The U.S. gov’t gave the Ethiopian regime a deadline of Feb 28 to unconditionally accept the appointment of a UN Rapporteurs and allow unfettered access into the country to investigate the state of human rights

House Resolution 128 calls for the immediate appointment of a special UN Human rights rapporteur to Ethiopia and targeted sanctions against Ethiopian officials responsible for crimes and human rights violations.

BY ENGIDU WOLDIE | ESAT NEWS

The United States on Wednesday gave a 28-day ultimatum to the Ethiopian regime to announce its consent to allow rapporteurs for the United Nations High Commissioner to investigate human rights violations in the country. Continue reading U.S. Gave 28-Day Ultimatum to the Ethiopian Regime to Allow UN Rapporteurs

Congressman Urges House to Vote Resolution H.Res 128 on Ethiopia

U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) urges his colleagues to vote on H.Res. 128 to address human rights abuses in Ethiopia on the House of Representatives floor.

“Today, I urged my House colleagues to consider a vote on H.Res 128, a bill to stop human right abuses in Ethiopia.” – Rep. Mike Coffman‏

BY ENGIDU WOLDIE | ESAT NEWS

Representative Mike Coffman of Colorado today urge the House of Representative to vote on H. Res. 128, a resolution supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia.

The Representative from District 8 of Colorado who works closely with the Ethiopian community on promoting democracy and human rights in Ethiopia also expressed his disappointment that the House has not yet scheduled a vote on the Resolution. Continue reading Congressman Urges House to Vote Resolution H.Res 128 on Ethiopia

U.S. Congress Should Call Ethiopia’s Bluff

Ethiopia has halted a human rights resolution in the House by threatening to withdraw security cooperation with the United States. But counterterrorism partnership should not give the regime a pass to continue killing and jailing political opponents with absolute impunity.

The U.S. should send a strong and unequivocal signal to the Ethiopian government demanding accountability and meaningful reforms. Members of Congress should call the bluff, place the resolution back on the House agenda, and approve it.

BY YOSEPH BADWAZA | FREEDOM HOUSE

When Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) addressed a gathering of mostly Ethiopian-origin constituents in late September, he told them that according to the Ethiopian ambassador in Washington, Ethiopia would stop counterterrorism cooperation with the United States if Congress went ahead with a planned vote on a resolution calling for human rights protections and inclusive governance in the country (H. Res. 128). Continue reading U.S. Congress Should Call Ethiopia’s Bluff

Joint Letter to U.S. Congress: Vote on H.Res 128

Support Respect for Human Rights in Ethiopia

Re: Placing House Resolution (H.Res.) 128 back on the House agenda for a vote. (Photo: AOL.com)

October 12, 2017

The Honorable Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House
H-232 The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Speaker Ryan,

We are writing to underscore the importance of House Resolution (H.Res.) 128 and the need to bring it to a vote as soon as possible.

The resolution, which calls for respect for human rights and encourages inclusive governance in Ethiopia, has strong bipartisan support with 71 co-sponsors. It passed the Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously on July 27, 2017 and was scheduled for a vote on October 2nd. However, on Thursday, September 28, the measure was removed from the calendar without explanation. Continue reading Joint Letter to U.S. Congress: Vote on H.Res 128