The US Congress has voted to pass HR128, a resolution that calls for the support of human rights and inclusive governance in Ethiopia on April 10, 2018.
Ethiopian campaigners have expressed their joy with the passage outside the Capitol Hill.
Ethiopian regime representative in the US earlier wrote a letter to Congress demanding that they vote against the resolution but to no avail.
— HahuDaily Ethiopia (@HahuDaily) April 10, 2018
Rep. Mike Coffman initiated the Resolution. HR 128 (2017), calls for an inclusive government in Ethiopia and also targeted sanctions against select Ethiopian government officials.
Retweeted Rep. Mike Coffman (@RepMikeCoffman):#happeningnow: @RepMikeCoffman and @RepChrisSmith hold a press conference on #HRes128, concerning the #Ethiopian Gov’t, which will be considered this afternoon on the House floor. pic.twitter.com/ZdjnYOBfbL
— Natnael Mekonnen (@NatnaelMekonne7) April 10, 2018
House Resolution 128 demanding democratic reforms in #Ethiopia will be passed very soon. If new Ethiopia P.M. can make a bold move toward democracy in near future, American friends of Ethiopia will ask Senate not to enact the resolution into law.
— Herman J. Cohen (@CohenOnAfrica) April 10, 2018
The next step will be putting a bill before the Senate so that it is enacted as a law.
Today’s passing of the resolution will negatively affect the legitimacy of the EPRDF regime in Ethiopia and it is a big kudos for Ethiopian rights campaigners mainly those based in the US.
Hundreds of Ethiopians queued outside the Hill to attend the voting.
“He said this is the first step” Congressman Chris Smith said when presenting the Resolution.
Congressman Mike Coffman, said the resolution calls on the Ethiopian government to be democratic and respect human rights.
“It will mark a new beginning in the US-Ethiopia relationship for Ethiopia to embrace a great it has always been destined to be.” Coffman added.
Another Congressman from Minnesota said it doesn’t mean we will turn a blind eye when Ethiopia commits human rights violation even if it is a US allay.
Members of the Ethiopian Diaspora clapped and shouted in the auditorium of the Capitol Hill as the resolution was unanimously voted to pass.
— Anuradha Mittal (@Mittaloak) April 10, 2018
— 5th #GenerationAddisAbeban (@MahletSN) April 10, 2018
Congratulations 🎉🎊🎈🍾 H. Res. 128 has passed.
finally the US congress passed house resolution HR 128 with stronger demands on the Ethiopian regime. Finally the land of the free and the brave stands up for justice; freedom and democratic reform in Ethiopia.”
— Obang Metho (@ObangMetho) April 10, 2018
— Oakland Institute (@oak_institute) April 10, 2018
— OperationEthioYouth (@Embi_belu) April 10, 2018
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called “other countries follow the US Congress’ lead on tying support to tangible progress.“