EPRDF members collect signatures opposing Smith’s Bill

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ESAT News
August 17, 2013

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Members and supporters of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) have started collecting signatures to oppose the decision of U.S. Congressman Chris Smith to introduce a new Human Rights Bill on Ethiopia. Congressman Chris Smith of the Republican Party announced that the ‘Ethiopian Human Rights Act’ would be reintroduced with very serious benchmarks during the “Ethiopia After Meles: The Future of Democracy and Human Rights,” hearing held on June 20, 2013 in the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and Int’l Orgs when Dr. Berhanu Nega, Obang Metho, and Amb. Donald Yamamoto were among those that witnessed.

The members and supporters of the ruling Front have are now sending letters to the Congressman opposing that he invited people that the Ethiopian government labeled “terrorists”. They indicated in their letters that the new Bill could affect the relationship of the two countries, Ethiopia would not change its stand and positions due external pressures and also that he should rather introduce a new Bill which would help the country.

In this “urgent” email message sent to members of the ruling party, it was stressed that if the Bill was passed, it could have grave impact on Ethiopia. Hidase, the group of EPRDF members and supporters executing this scheme, expects to collect around 10,000 signatures and send them to the Congressman.

It is to be recalled that a similar Bill introduced after the 2005 Ethiopian general election had been terminated due to lobbies made by the global law firm DLA Piper.

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4 Comments

  1. What else? How much are they paying DLP this time? Well we in the diaspora should strengthen our grips and fight back by flushing these criminals and murderers ethnocentric good for nothing bandas out to the public and gather our petition. Long live our people and our beloved Ethiopia.

  2. I don’t really think that the American politicians do care about Ethiopia, we Ethiopians must fight to free ourself . The Americans are the one who bring this govt. to power and they are also responsible for all this human right abuses. God bless Ethiopia!

  3. This are waynais cadre who get a check from waynes embassy in washington .We are more than them we ARE samarter than them.They are hiding themself like a reabbit.
    They are ashamed of Waynis and ashamed of themself. LONG LIVE OUR ETHIOPIA.

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