Mark-up Vote for H.R. 2003: Scheduled for June 26, 2007
“We can clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel, as we are sure the enemies of freedom and democracy see darkness on the horizon!” (more…)
“We can clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel, as we are sure the enemies of freedom and democracy see darkness on the horizon!”
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For Immediate Release
June 25, 2007
The Coalition for HR 2003 is pleased to share with all of our pro-human rights and pro-democracy supporters and allies that H.R. 2003, the “Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Act of 2007″? introduced by Chairman Donald Payne on April 20, 2007, has been scheduled for a mark-up vote at the U.S. Congress Committee on Foreign Relations on Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at 10 AM.
Under the leadership of Chairman Tom Lantos, who is a co-sponsor of H.R. 2003, Subcommittee on Africa Chairman Donald Payne and Ranking Subcommittee member Christopher Smith, we believe the House Committee on Foreign Relations will overwhelmingly pass the bill and send it to the House floor for a final vote in the foreseeable future.
The mark-up process allows members to propose amendments to the bill if they have any. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE MARKUP PROCESS IS NOT A HEARING. We do not expect any unanticipated amendments to the bill.
H.R. 2003 aims to bring democratic reform and accountability to Ethiopia by requiring the release of all political prisoners, restoration of the democratic rights of the people, strengthening human rights and civic society organizations and human rights monitoring and reporting processes, increasing the independence of the judiciary, prosecution of human rights abusers, improving election procedures, removing press censorship and repeal of restrictive press laws and provision of various training programs for demcratic participation, and limiting U.S. security assistance to peacekeeping and counter-terrorism only, among others.
We are grateful to Chairman Don Payne, Chairman Tom Lantos and Ranking member Chris Smith for their commitment to freedom, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia.
We can clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel, as we are sure the enemies of freedom and democracy see darkness on the horizon!