Committee to hold hearing on House resolution on Ethiopia

Full Text of the Resolution (BILLS-115hres128ih)

ESAT News (July 26, 2017)

The House Foreign Affairs Committee announced that it will hold a hearing on Thursday July 27, 2017 on H. Res. 128, a resolution for “supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia.”

The resolution, among others, calls for the Ethiopian regime to investigate the killings and excessive use of force that took place as a result of protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions; and the release dissidents, activists, and journalists who have been imprisoned for exercising constitutional rights.

Sponsor of the bill, Representative Chris Smith is expected to present markups on the bill, which is so far cosponsored by 56 representatives (40 democrats and 16 republicans).

The resolution, which condemn the killing of peaceful protesters and excessive use of force by Ethiopian security forces also called for the Ethiopian regime to hold accountable those responsible for killing, torturing, and detaining innocent civilians who exercised their constitutional rights.