EDF Commends Congressman Christopher Smith and the U.S. House Foreign Relations Committee for Advancing Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Ethiopia | Press Statement from EDF

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Ethiopian Americans, Ethiopians at home and in the Diaspora as well as people of good will across the globe commend Congressman Christopher Smith for spearheading a Resolution on Ethiopian Human Rights. On July 27, 2017, the Ethiopian Dialogue Forum (EDF), a non-governmental think tank registered in the United States, was delighted to learn that “The full House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to advance a resolution, authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), highlighting the human rights violations of the Ethiopian government, and offering a blueprint to create a government better designed to serve the interests of the Ethiopian people.”

We welcome and commend this encouraging development. We urge all Congresswomen and men, the U. S. Senate and the government of the United States to support H.R. 128 so that it become law. EDF wishes to record its appreciation to a network of human rights advocates that have shown consistency in calling on the global community to advance democratization and to desist from providing legitimacy to one of the most brutal regimes in the world. For more than a quarter of a century now, Human Rights Organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) etc., the U.S. Department of State, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as Ethiopian civic and human rights groups and activists have been engaged in providing a plethora of evidence concerning gross human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, arrests, tortures and other forms of cruel and inhumane punishment in Ethiopia; and in urging the donor and diplomatic community to do the right thing in Ethiopia. Click here to read the full Press Statement 

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