A call for action: H.R. 128 Ethiopia’s Human Rights Bill

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A call for action: H.R. 128 Ethiopia’s Human Rights Bill

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  1. RACISM IN AMERICA

    How bill protecting Black Americans and other minorities getting discriminated by institutional system of America and racist White House and racist police officers killing blacks through out America ??

  2. Observer,

    You are out to touch with reality. H.R. 128 has nothing to do with minorities and african americans in usa. In fact, ethiopians and africans all over the world are oppressed and discriminated by their fellow african leaders 1,000x more than by white elite in american. Thus 99% of Africans vote by their feet by living africa to america whenever they get an opportunity.

    Regarding HR 128 it is a good first step. However, their ought to be step 2 regarding what needs to be done if tyrannical/terrorist TPLF/EPRDF does not do comply with the resolution within a reasonable amount of time. In other wards what is going to be the punishment if the mafia/criminal TPLF/EPRDF as expected does not heed to the recommendation of US house of representative. Is it going to be banning ethiopian airlines from landing in USA, freezing the financial account of TPLF/EPRDF leaders and/or slapping the son of bitches with crippling economic and military sanction. TALK IS CHEAP AND ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS.

    Introduced in House (02/15/2017)

    Condemns: (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.

    Urges: (1) protesters in Ethiopia to refrain from violence and from encouragement or acceptance of violence in demonstrations, and (2) all armed factions to cease their conflict with the Ethiopian government and engage in peaceful negotiations.

    Calls on the government of Ethiopia to:

    lift the state of emergency;
    end the use of excessive force by security forces;
    investigate the killings and excessive use of force that took place as a result of protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions;
    release dissidents, activists, and journalists who have been imprisoned for exercising constitutional rights;
    respect the right to peaceful assembly and guarantee freedom of the press;
    engage in open consultations with citizens regarding its development strategy;
    allow a United Nations rapporteur to conduct an independent examination of the state of human rights in Ethiopia;
    address the grievances brought forward by representatives of registered opposition parties;
    hold accountable those responsible for killing, torturing, and detaining innocent civilians who exercised their constitutional rights; and
    investigate and report on the circumstances surrounding the September 3, 2016, shootings and fire at Qilinto Prison, the deaths of persons in attendance at the annual Irreecha festivities at Lake Hora near Bishoftu on October 2, 2016, and the ongoing killings of civilians over several years in the Somali Regional State by police.
    Calls on such government to repeal proclamations that:

    can be used to harass or prohibit funding for organizations that investigate human rights violations, engage in peaceful political dissent, or advocate for greater political freedoms;
    prohibit those displaced from their land from seeking judicial redress;
    permit the detention of peaceful protesters and political opponents who legally exercise their rights to freedom of expression and association; and
    limit peaceful nonprofit operations in Ethiopia.
    Calls on: (1) the Department of State to review security assistance and improve oversight of U.S. assistance to Ethiopia; (2) the U.S. Agency for International Development to lead efforts to develop a strategy to support improved democracy and governance in Ethiopia; and (3) the State Department, in cooperation with the Department of the Treasury, to apply appropriate sanctions on foreign persons or entities responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights committed against any nationals in Ethiopia;.

    Supports the peaceful efforts of the Ethiopian people to exercise their constitutional rights.

  3. Great job Mr. Christopher Smith from the great state of New Jersey. Keep up the good fight. Thank you very much in behalf of all patriotic, democracy/rule of loving Ethiopians all over the world.

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