Week In Review: Official Kinijit Delegation In The U.S. – The Ad Hoc Committee

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Over the past week, Kinijit Leadership Delegation to North America has been working tirelessly. (more…)

Over the past week, Kinijit Leadership Delegation to North America has been working tirelessly.


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Ad Hoc Coordinating Committee for
Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD)
Leadership Delegation Visit to the United States


For Immediate Release
September 27, 2007

On September 26, 2007, official Kinijit Delegation members attended the House Foreign Affairs Committee mark-up of H.R. 2003. Eng. Gizachew Shiferra, Dr. Hailu Araya and Ato Brook Kebede met with a number of Congressional leaders including H.R. 2003 author Donald Payne, Congressman Chris Smith, Chairman Tom Lantos and others after the bill was unanimously passed by the committee and sent to the floor. The Delegation members expressed their deepest gratitude to the lawmakers for their support of freedom, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia. The lawmakers expressed their appreciation to the delegates for their sacrifices and contributions to the cause of democracy in Ethiopia. At Congress
Courtesy of Tamagne Beyene

The presence of the former political prisoners accentuated the Committee’s awareness for expedited legislative action to help improve the human rights situation in Ethiopia.
On September 25, the Delegation met with Cong. Michael Honda, Chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Ethiopia. They discussed various current issues dealing with the political and economic situation in Ethiopia.
At Congress
Courtesy of Tamagne Beyene

On September 23, 2007, the Delegation met with members of the Boston support group and discussed various matters of mutual interest. The Delegation later visited the widows of CUD activists in Boston who died in a car accident following a CUD event one day after Delegation members were released from prison.

During their stay in Boston, Delegation members met with a number of state and local leaders including the Governor of Massachusetts, the Speaker of the Massachusetts Assembly and a number of other members of the Assembly. The Delegation thanked the lawmakers for passing a resolution in the Massachusetts legislature earlier in the year urging their release from prison and for supporting human rights in Ethiopia. The Delegation also met with the District Director of Congressman Michael E. Capuano.

On September 23, 2007, two members of the Delegation traveled to Rochester, N.Y. to meet with support group members.

On September 22, 2007, two members of the Delegation issued a statement denying unfounded allegations concerning their lack of support for H.R. 2003. A report in the Hill newspaper misquoted two Delegation members and their support of H.R. 2003. Dr. Hailu Araya and Ato Gizachew Shiferraw had given the bill their full support at the March for Democracy on September 12. An email letter was sent to Hill reporter to make the correction.

On September 22, 2007, the Delegation traveled to Boston and was received by an enthusiastic crowd. The Delegation later attended a very successful fundraising dinner. Wzt. Bertukan, head of the official Delegation, appealed to Ato Hailu Shawel to join the Delegation and lead its U.S. tour.

On September 20, 2007, the Delegation visited Senator Russ Feingold’s (Chairman, African Subcommittee) office for a scheduled visit. Due to last minute changes, Sen. Fiengold was unavailable. The Delegation met with top staffers and discussed various matters relevant to Ethiopia. The Delegation expects to meet with Sen. Feingold in the foreseeable future.

On September 19, 2007, Delegation members met with Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) at a breakfast session. Delegation members expressed their deepest appreciation and gratitude to legislators and to the American people for their support during their prolonged detention, and for working to secure their release. Delegation members stressed their commitment to democratic values, the rule of law and human rights in Ethiopia. The meeting with the Senators was warm and informal.

On the same day, the Delegation also met with Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in his office. Senator Leahy has been a strong supporter of human rights in Ethiopia. On August 5, 2007, Senator Leahy issued a Statement concerning the release of Kinijit political prisoners:

“I am pleased that Prime Minister Meles heeded the pleas of the Ethiopian people and the international community and released these prisoners. The fact is, none of them should have been arrested or tried in the first place. Their release was long overdue and is welcome… I hope the [Ethiopian] government acts expeditiously to release the remaining political detainees, and bring to justice police officers who used excessive force. I also hope the negotiations that resulted in the prisoners’ release will lead to further discussions between the government and the leaders of the opposition, to ensure that their political rights are fully restored and that future elections are not similarly marred.”

Senator Leahy has previously stated that, “The Senate Appropriations Committee is seeking assurance from the U.S. State Department that military assistance for Ethiopia is being adequately monitored and is not being used against civilians by units of Ethiopia’s security forces.”

The Delegation expressed its deepest gratitude to the Senator for his courageous and principled action in support of their innocence and in demanding their release and the release of all other political prisoners. The discussions with the Delegation were very productive.

The Delegation spent much of the morning dialoguing with top staffers from various senatorial offices including the ones mentioned above, Senator Sam Brownback and others. Extensive discussions were conducted on issues affecting Ethiopia, including human rights violations, poverty, terrorism, regional stability, and the democratization process.

The Delegation expects to meet and confer with a number of Senators and members of Congress during its stay in the U.S. Arrangements are underway for meetings with State Department officials.

Ato Negussie Nega coordinated the senatorial meetings with various members of the Coalition for H.R. 2003 in the Washington metro area and elsewhere.

  1. Hadere Sefer
    | #1

    where is shalequa hailu,
    the guy is hurting kinijit atleast in this meeting he has to attend.
    Kinijit must ban hailu soon. His arrogans has no limit.

  2. Tigist
    | #2

    Good job the Ad Hoc Coordinating Committee! You are demonstrating Ethiopians at the best.

  3. Eskinder Degene.
    | #3

    One is One.

    Forward agian more romer we know only one Kinjit that is suffring for the write of Ethiopian people democray and human write the current exsisting romer is created there are 3 upto 4 kinjit but thise a savotag agian for the existance of Woyane we know who is the winner by Ethiopian people election and suffring in preason.Dont forget the members who died in street during the election period by Agazi ????????Kinjet is one.

  4. Meles Zenawi
    | #4

    I am from the outset glad on the progress the committee is working with the so-called “Gang of Five”. I personally urge you to continue on your line of duty and divide Kinijit. I wouldn’t have attained this triumphant victory with out your participation. It would cost me a billion dollars. Even with that billion I swear I wouldn’t achieve it. Keep up the good job and avoid Hailu. He is a die-hard and unruly to my regime. I salute you for the good job. You will soon join with my secret agents to receive instructions. Hailu was mistaken to appoint you for he thought you will work for him. Actually you are not working either for the “Gang of Five” or Hailu but in effect you are working for me-Meles Zenawi.
    So I will give you a plot of land and tax free grant to import your limousine car to Ethiopia. So continue with your divisive act and you shall receive as I said instructions from me. I swear to reward you

  5. Yes Yes
    | #5

    Dear meles You got the point. This committee and kestedamena wing always works for us. We do not know the reason. our (EPRDF’s ) enemy is really HAILU. Not Birhanu or Birtukan or others. We should remove HAILU. The old but Dangerous one for our beloved party EPRDF. You know Birhanu always compromise things. He was the economic counsaltant for our party. Birtukan was our Judge.But Hailu was digging the hole for our party.Do you bilieve? He had about one million members before he attended the so called kinijit.Even now his way is not cofortable for our party. Other kinjit members and the commitee are doing well. Hailu will be removed. yes this should be the right time to do this.

  6. Yetekatele
    | #6

    freinds we are dying twice. I am in the countryside. Here we are raising money and we are in a good mood. we love Engineer Hailu very much. He is very honest and staightforward. His enemies are not only woyanewoch.People like lidetu and …..So what are doing? are you Woyane or not ? please tell us your straight stand and we will fight you like woyane and lidetu. Fighting woyane without Engineer hailu is playing with fire.You are kids. Here kestedamenas group are complaining their party members.Ato Bedri Adem and wro.Nigst already gave their complain to woyanes newspaper reporter. who is divided? kestedamena or kinijit?

  7. amach
    | #7

    Negeroch wodet eyameru endehone algebagnem.
    Where are things going on?Why Engineer Hailu prefer silence? I understood him.Last time when he arrived Reagen airport his words were so limited but powerful.He did not mention people’s name who opposes him. on the other hand other kinijit members(deligations) facial expression is not showing happiness as soon as his name is called. OH! Honorable Engineer Hailu I undestand your feeling. I love you so much.You Ad Hok committee you couldn’t make me hate him.Untill this day I was your supporter.Now I saw the truth.

  8. | #8

    Dear Ad hoc committe,
    I never expect you gays will disapear at the airport to welcome the creater of kinijit. At least you should show respect. why you gays just act like Elias kifle of Ethiopian review. he is always one sided, and please do not listen to him.

  9. Dagim Tewodros
    | #9

    The ad committe Stop your propagand Now yoy tellindus eng Gizachew And ato Brook are happy what about ther privios enterviw for the hill news peper wes it misunderstanding ?shame on them!!!!!!

  10. | #10

    Ad-hoc committee,
    shame on you no shown up at the air port to welcome eng haulu. why you gays just take side before analyzing the matter. what is the benefit of gaing experiance and education, if one can not act as a profession? please you gays have read a lot of book. which book do you gays judge by its cover?

  11. | #11

    Who will be the next “Solomon Tekalign”
    a. Abebe Belew
    b. Tamagne Debebe
    c. Abebe belew
    d. Mirchaw

  12. Faith
    | #12

    Hailu,
    I saw some clips on all those dedicated hard work that Hailu has done. Going all over ethiopia educating the uneducated about their rights as a citizen of ethiopia and many more. Now, that takes a lot of courage! anybody can talk and say “Zeraf” but if u don’t show it in action u are just a talker, which is nonsense. You won’t go anywhere by just talking. My point is Hailu seems to do it all and i am shocked about what’s going on with….. idon’t know who’s fault.
    However, the name Kinijjit indictes unity right? U can’t be divided and call yourself Kinijjit that would be deceving yourselves and confusing others. If u all have the same goal that is to better lead our country u must learn to work together and avoid division amongest each other. Hold tight and avoid the wind not to pass between u leaders. Communicate, communicate it’s the key to understanding and find an end result to a problem. Belive in the Lord Our God because he is the judge who know u inside out and give you according to your work!!!!!!! God is Love and his the king of peace.

  13. Faith
    | #13

    So hold on to him, One more thing i for got to mention thank u to u all for thinking about the widow Great Job. God Bless!!!

  14. CHOLEW
    | #14

    Why is it that we “Habesha’s” wait until the last minute to resolve problems?

    You see a problem coming,we need to learn how to nip it in the bud instead of SNOWBALLIN’.

    The official Kinijit leadership needs to hold an urgent meeting and VOTE out Hailu Shawel,Shaleqa,Taye etc…and inform the public that they are only active members just like anyone else but not involved in leadership matters be it here on eart or Mars.

    Aklog will also need to be booted out as he had failed to resolve the problems so many times and just kept SNOWBALLING the issues with the few elites around him here in NA. This is not a one man party or a show this is about the Ethiopian People. But then again he has shown us several times that he is a radical and a one way thinker. SAD!

    These are the only ways out to the current problems.

    *We are concerned Kinijit supporters,we want to be heard! This is what is best and unlike the Meles regime,we hope this message is posted and remains posted until our petition page regarding this matter is fully operational!

    KINIJIT LIVES!

    CHOLEW

  15. Maru
    | #15

    I am shocked to read the work of the Committee as they are carrying the task of Woyanne. Pro. AlMariam et al. are cliques who doesnot observe the authority that delegated them. Is it not the signature of Hailu that empowered you to fulfil this task that you abused. You tell us you are a lawyer. Find out abusement and misuse of assignment or ultra vires may mean. Why do you meddle and uplift the motto of Wayanne of divisive spirit. You take sides with the DEFECTING GROUP. Why!!! You should have taken a middle path. Is it the bribe from Alamoudi or the pay check from the Ethiopian Embassy or the undercover you get from Meles. We know you are participating in the Joint Meeting of loyal opposition at the Carter Center with Lidetu et al.Is that why you are fighting for the HR what ever its name. You failed us.The Learned was supposed to save the helpless that educated you with out educating himself. When it comes to real life you took sides.Time will tell.Remember that The Camel shall stride to victory as the Dogs bark.We shall triumph with Hailu.Keep on barking.Go Go Go to CA and Seatle. Press on.

  16. Kassa
    | #16

    I am shocked to read the work of the Committee as they are carrying the task of Woyanne. Pro. AlMariam et al. are cliques who doesnot observe the authority that delegated them. Is it not the signature of Hailu that empowered you to fulfil this task that you abused. You tell us you are a lawyer. Find out abusement and misuse of assignment or ultra vires may mean. Why do you meddle and uplift the motto of Wayanne of divisive spirit. You take sides with the DEFECTING GROUP. Why!!! You should have taken a middle path. Is it the bribe from Alamoudi or the pay check from the Ethiopian Embassy or the undercover you get from Meles. We know you are participating in the Joint Meeting of loyal opposition at the Carter Center with Lidetu et al.Is that why you are fighting for the HR what ever its name. You failed us.The Learned was supposed to save the helpless that educated you with out educating himself. When it comes to real life you took sides.Time will tell.Remember that The Camel shall stride to victory as the Dogs bark.We shall triumph with Hailu.Keep on barking.Go Go Go to CA and Seatle. Press on.

  17. | #17

    why we call these kinijit delegates as our leaders? tell me what they lead or who they lead. even they didn’t go by themselves. one part make a move by Andargachew and his supporters and the other side by Shaleqa and others. so where is the leadership? to me they don’t even listen each other. first they need to be one to lead others, they need to listen each other to find a solution to others problems, they need to unite to teach others what a unity is, they need to find a solution for their inner minor problems before they start a tour on the continent. in my opinion until now I didn’t see any leadership act.

  18. | #18

    My question is who is arranging the tentative tour of the Titi kinijit (Lower house) so called leaders, such as B. B. Etc.? Is it the Ad Hoc Committee, Dr Al.the lawyer and Tamagn of my town boy? A big mistake has been done, by not greeting the Leader of Kinijit, Hailu Shawel at the Air port. That is done. Now, whey they do not go to Engineer Hailu Sahowel and appologize for their mistake and act as one Kinijit, lead by their Chairman, Hailu Shawel. What is the problenm? what is the price of the pride or Ego not to appologize for their mistake.? Does the promise from the State Department, or foreign service office worth than the Ethiopian People. That promise did not even help the Iraqs and the Americans. They are digging to get out from the whole dug by the office lead by General Paul. Most of the people who work in the state department are selfcentered, misguided, indifferent, and get-rich-quick, at the expense of others.

    So my brothers and Sisters, The Ethiopian People worth more than the promise of the cramps that is being hatched to be givien by the State Department and the Mismuch of the Bush Administration policy towards Ethiopia. My fellow Doctors, Lawyers, and Entertainers, please, learn from the past promises Washington has dished out with empity bowl,for a lot leaders untill they use them good. The promise never materilized. All the puppets have gone. They have destroyed a lot of lives, homes, and properties, but never extingushed Ethiopian pride and the Ethiopian people from the Love of Ethiopia.

  19. Yishak
    | #19

    ?? ??…?????…?? ??????

  20. selam
    | #20

    Where ever you go don’t forget where you come from( Brutkan and her follower. Before you go think what u gone do. Hey guys try to be one
    One love
    One Ethiopia
    One Kinjit

  21. jegnaw
    | #21

    i am saying this where whom you belive the right ppl i am saying those live US what we lern this country majority rules either . now you tell ethiopian ppl must go cheirman man anything say pls this is not ethiopian ppl neen we need somebody looks both sides can work .unless we don’t learn from the pass.

  22. Emeye Ethiopia
    | #22

    It is very disappointing to see these power thursty, leaches abondened what they stood for. Many Ethiopians at home and here in north America paid a great deal of sacrifice believing that these venemous kinijit leaders will bring justice and democracy at home. They are worthless, selfish individuals. How can you call yourself “kinijit” when you know indeed six people can not come and work together for a greater purpose. Shame on you all! I regreat my time and energy I spent to support you. I wish I invest that money and energy to support my own mother.Please don’t under estimate the people’s intellegence. There are many people here and at home that can teach you a great leason. Hodame becha!!

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