U.S. Congress sends stern warning to TPLF by passing H.R. 128
April 11, 2018
In a major blow to the government in Ethiopia, the US Congress on Tuesday adopted a bill that will hold the regime responsible for human rights violations and the restrictions of the rights of citizens to exercise their constitutional rights.
The ruling TPLF/EPRDF has been in power since 1991, and been committing gross human rights violations while shielding itself from any meaningful U.S. action by projecting itself as a U.S. partner in the war on terrorism.
That deception came to an end on Tuesday when the bill authored by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) was passed, though TPLF had hired powerful, DC-based lobbyists to help kill the resolution.
HR 128 moves next to the Senate for a similar approval after which it becomes a legal instrument with the following powers as summarized by the unsung hero, Mesfin Mekonnen of Washington, DC:
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. All armed factions to cease their conflict with the Ethiopian government and engage in peaceful negotiations.
HR 128 calls on the government of Ethiopia to:
1. End the use of excessive force by security forces;
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
. The Department of State to review security assistance and improve oversight of U.S. assistance to Ethiopia;
Supports the peaceful efforts of the Ethiopian people to exercise their constitutional rights.
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