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Upcoming US House of Representatives Vote on H.Res 128 (Ginbot 7)

አርበኞች ግንቦት7 የአንድነትና ዴሞክራሲ ንቅናቄ
Patriotic Ginbot 7 Movement for Unity and Democracy

March 23, 2018

For Immediate Release

G7Patriotic Ginbot 7 Movement for Unity and Democracy would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for scheduling H.Res 128 for the House vote on April 9, 2018. We would also like to thank Rep. Christopher Smith, Chairman of the House subcommittee on Africa for sponsoring H.Res 128 “Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia”. Our thanks also go to Ranking Member Karen Bass and ALL the co-sponsors of the resolution.

We would like to specially thank Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) for his hard work and tireless effort on behalf of his Ethiopian-American constituency who brought us to this point. Ethiopian-Americans across this great land and Ethiopians at home are truly indebted to Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado.

We strongly believe that the passage of H.Res 128 will send a strong message to the Ethiopian regime that has declared a draconian State of Emergency (SoE) for the second time in two years. The SoE has put the country under a military control inflaming the political crisis that will most certainly lead Ethiopia and the region into prolonged instability unless the Ethiopian regime is forced to terminate the SoE and seek a political solution for the crisis and the future of the country with all stakeholders.

Ethiopians abroad demand that Human Rights is respected in Ethiopia. House Resolution 128 will also give moral support to the Ethiopian people who are single-mindedly determined to transition Ethiopia from dictatorship to democracy and peace in order to have their full say in how their country is governed. We strongly believe that H.Res 128 will be an affirmation of the strong historical ties between Ethiopia and the United States established over one hundred years ago by President Teddy Roosevelt.

As the most populous regional power in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia will always remain a strong ally of the United States sharing the common objective of peace, stability and economic development in Ethiopia and in the geopolitically strategic Horn of Africa.

Justice, liberty, and Unity for the people of Ethiopia!

Contact: foreign@patriotg7.org

8 Comments

  1. USA is the historical enemy of Ethiopia and Ethiopians. Ethiopians will free themselves soon.
    Death to Woyane, Gim7, Eritrea, and USA.

  2. አዬ ግምቦቴዎች እዚህም ውስጥ አለንበት ልትሉ ነው? ያውም ምንም ፋይዳ የሌለው የማደናገሪያ ተንኮል። የኢትዮዽያ ሕዝብ ራሱ ነፃ ያልወጣ ነፃ አውጪ አይረባኝም ብሎ ራሱን ነፃ ለማውጣት የቀረው ጊዜ ሩቅ አይደለም።
    ሞት ለትግሬ ወያኔ፣ ለሻቢያ፣ ለግም ቦቴዎችና ለቀጣሪዎቻቸው። ኢትዮዽያ ለኢትዮዽያውያን።

  3. መቀበጣጠር የማይሰለቻችሁ ሁሉ እንድ ነገር ተገንዘቡ>>> እናንተ ልክ እንደ ዎያኔ የምትጠሉት ሓርበኞችግንቦት7 በቅርብ ጊዜ ውስጥ እፋችሁን እንደሚያዘጋ በእርግጠኛነት ተጠባበቁ እንላችሁኣለን። ተጋዳዮችን በማውገዝ ፈነታ እባካችሁ ትኩረታችሁን ሁሉ በጋራ ጠላት ዎያኔ ላይ ኣድርጉ።

    • የኔ ወንድም አንተ እንደተመኘኸው ይሁንና እኔም ቀባጣሪ ሆኜ ልቅር። ነገሮችን በስማቸው በመጥራቴ ቀባጣሪ የሚያስብለኝ ከሆነ አንተ ምን ልትሆን ነው?

  4. Is this another Menelick’s Wuchale paper? Diaspora Amhara wanted the white house to put them in Arat kilo? Who is banda then? Here we go band club

  5. HR 128
    1. 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.

    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    5. 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.

    Since the terrorist, tyrannical, criminal TPLF/EPRDF did not heed to calls of US congressmen/women to LIFT STATE OF EMERGENCY and to repeal proclamation 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, the next step is TO PLACE A CRIPPLING SANCTION ON THE CRIMINAL ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT IN ORDER TO FACILITATE ITS OVERTHROW. Moreover, opposition groups and protester should be free to use violence and weapons to defend themselves, families, friends and other innocent victims and to punish those who harmed them, their families, friends and innocent victims.
    My advise for all patriotic/warrior Ethiopians all over the world is to write/email a personal letter and those organized as groups as organization to representative Mike Coffman, Majority leader Keven McCarthy, representative Christopher Smith and Karen Bass thanking them for crafting house resolution 128 and urging them to punish the terrorist TPLF/EPRDF in the most severe way possible.

  6. Hallo Asmare,
    Let ME assume that you are not TPLF thug nor its supporter.
    Listen, TPLF would have never come to power and managed to stay on it for more than >27 years had USA and other Western states not provided it with fullvlegded support: finance, guidance, surveillance. training, counseling, propaganda and diplomaticy.
    Ratification of HR 128 is essentially PUBLICALLY winning Western states regarding their bogus claim and support towards TPLF.
    If we win them publically, TPLF will go away rather by itself. No TPLF member/supporter and descendant will dare to stay in Ethiopia for a day. This Ethiopians’ legacy against those arrogant states will also serve beyond Ethiopia.
    Further, the Western states’ post cold war networking talking solemn yet effecting evil would in general be vanquished. Basically, they are crushing eastern sovereignties and scrambling for Eastern wealth’s/resources. In some cases disguised biological war is effected. Adhanom is appointed rather granted director of the so called WHO for his very service in applying various biological war against Ethiopians (specifically the Amharas).
    Thus, unless you are pro-TPLF, YOU WON’T BE AGAINST RATIFICATION OF HR 128.

  7. I have been saying this all along since my days as student in the Middle East especially the then prevailing archaic system of feudalism was thrown off the wagon once and for all. In the system after the radical land reform in the 1970’s the issue has become solely of democratic in nature which means that since then the yoke is on everybody in that country. Had the feudal system been replaced by democratic governance, all other issues including the language question could have been amicably addressed then and there. To me nothing is impossible in the democratic system. So this reality begs a nagging question. Could and even today can the Amhara people alone create a democratic governance? Could/can my Oromo people create a working democratic system by fighting for it alone? The same goes for the Somalis, Afar and the rest of people. The answer has shown itself to us that was/is to be impossible. We can hold meetings and talk shops behind closed day in and days out, we can belch out gerersas and war crying songs until the hell freezes, we can form this or that ‘liberation’ front only to fight it alone, despots will not move an inch. We need to shrug off that adventurism loaded influence of Marxism/Leninism and wear the arts of pragmatism. ‘I am an advocate of ‘my own people only’ just because the size of population and area I represent’ has not worked. Such misguided conviction has exposed such groups to exploitation by foreign nation with ulterior motives. They have been used up by every despot in the hood. That has resulted in the loss of enormous number of young lives and property. The youth of that country has been on the move for more than 40 years now and there is no encouraging news from the old that will let him stay as a free citizen. This is equally shared by the youth and general population of the entire country regardless of ethnicity. You see, that young Itu cousin of mine shares the same yoke as that youth in the Amhara region and the rest of others from different regions. Those who are hell bent on pushing this idea of the yoke is on a specific ethnic group are not remiss of this reality but they are committed in carving out a territory to call it their own fiefdom. There should not be any other ambition. They have failed miserably so far because the reality on the ground. Oromos cannot throw this oppressive yoke away for good by struggling alone. Amharas will never daylight even they cause a doomsday. It ain’t gonna happen. That is why I commend this group of people shown in the video clip. I commend that Oromo daughter of ours for telling the truth nothing but the truth. You see, despots are not stupid. Their worst nightmare is the scenario is when they see everyone is ganging up on them with a unified voice and front. They know there is still a question of nationalism already sown deep by Marxism tinged militarism for decades now. They will use one group on another. Even the dim-wit Mengistu had tried to use the politics of ethnicity to fight off his sworn domestic enemies. The current despots have been using the ethnic card from the bottom of the deck. From what I heard, this is what they have done when re-arresting. It will not surprise me if it successfully splinters the youth of Oromia among themselves. The same goes with the youth from the Amhara region. You see, there is one skill shared by all despots everywhere now or in the past. They are very extremely intelligent in cooking up modus operandi of divide and rule with no expense spared. They, especially the ones who broke their teeth in Marxism/Leninism/Maoism, make every move so to create doubt/suspicion among the common citizens. In their working protocol, neighbor should not trust neighbor, sister should be careful of her brother, that Oromo youth should always harbor and if possible outright animosity. The Amhara youth will be worked up(on) to lodge the same incertitude on his Oromo neighbor. That’s exactly the depots are doing with this re-arresting. That is what I heard from my relatives. They have told me so many times by telling me like ‘forget about democracy since I don’t trust my neighbors when it comes to politics’. But the Diaspora does not have such grinding problem. It is free to say what is on its mind. It has the luxury to stand together. But that is what it has been wanting. For me at this stage of my life, it gives me hope whenever I see people of diversity standing together talking about the same evil. I repeat. Oromos will never, ever be able to get to The Promised Land of Democratic Governance by fighting for it alone. Never!!! Amharas can go it alone losing their cream of the crop by the hundreds and thousands in the process, they will never, ever be able to start breather the air of democratic governance many worlds over. Never, ever! If this continues to be the case, things will be the same 10 years from now, 50 years from now, centuries from now. Despotism will be there still mounted on their backs just by changing faces in the process. Look at this way. In 1974 there was a new despot riding on the backs of the people. 44 years later the people are still hosting despots with a few modifications in their facial make-ups. The current ones are much more skilled and filled with well read autocrats. It may sound funny when they call it ‘developmental democracy’. But it is not funny when you look at what is going on the ground. They go like ‘I can evict tens of thousands because? You got it. Because we are in developmental democracy. ‘I can shoot anyone between the eyes for shouting ‘Down, Down Woyane’ because? You got it. Because it is developmental democracy all around. When they are high after chewing 6 pounds of khat, they lambast us with it the ‘New Democratic Revolution’. Ladies and gentlemen!!! We here in the Diaspora are missing the action when the old country is on the brink of a ‘classless’ society. What a sick mindedness!!! You can’t start to imagine the contempt I have for the students of Marxism/Leninism. It is obvious what ‘classless’ means. It means everyone will be living in abject poverty. It has to be because the alternative that everyone will be prosperous is impossible. It is like turning an ingot of aluminum into bullion of gold. Nuff said!!!

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