Sending Office: Honorable Mike Coffman
With an upcoming vote in early April, we are calling on you to cosponsor House Resolution 128 (H.Res.128), “Supporting Respect for Human Rights and Encouraging Inclusive Governance in Ethiopia.” It calls on the Government of Ethiopia to take clear,
decisive steps toward becoming more inclusive, more democratic, and more respectful of the basic human rights of its citizens. Congress must speak out in defense of democracy, civil liberties, and personal freedoms that we hold dear.
Currently, H.Res.128 is scheduled to come before the House of Representatives for a vote in April with the support of more than 95 bipartisan cosponsors. The resolution was unanimously passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The violence against the Ethiopian people that this resolution highlights is cemented in statements made by the Prime Minister, when he admitted that the Government of Ethiopia killed more than 500 people as civil unrest grew and security forces resorted
to violence to suppress freedom of speech—he has since resigned. Additionally, since March 2016, the government has detained more than 20,000 people for political reasons.
In addition to the large number of bipartisan cosponsors, the bill is also supported by many national and local organizations including:
- Amnesty International USA,
- Freedom House,
- Human Rights Watch,
- Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition,
- Amhara Association of America,
- Coalition of Oromo Advocates for Human Rights and Democracy,
- National Association of the Physically Handicapped and Victims of Government Torture,
- Ethiopian American Civic Council, and the
- Oromo Community of Denver.
We believe that political reform, respect for human rights, and respect for the rule of law are central to United States policy towards Ethiopia. Although Ethiopia does support our counter-terrorism efforts in East Africa, those efforts cannot supersede
the need for an all-inclusive national dialogue that supports freedom of speech and democracy.
Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa,
Global Health, Global Human Rights & International Organizations
Colorado’s 6th District
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