FEINGOLD INTRODUCES “SUPPORT FOR DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN ETHIOPIA ACT OF 2008” IN SENATE – The Coalition for HR 2003

September 10th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

The Coalition for HR 2003 has learned that Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), Chairman of the Subcommittee on African Affairs, introduced a bill entitled “Support for Democracy and Human Rights in Ethiopia Act of 2008”. (more…)

The Coalition for HR 2003 has learned that Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), Chairman of the Subcommittee on African Affairs, introduced a bill entitled “Support for Democracy and Human Rights in Ethiopia Act of 2008”. We are grateful to Senator Feingold and his staff for introducing this legislation in the Senate.

On October 2, 2007, H.R. 2003, “Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Act of 2007” passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously. On October 3, 2007, the Senate received the bill and referred it to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

The Feingold bill is substantially similar in legislative intent and appraisal of the poor human rights conditions in Ethiopia. The “findings” in the bill document a slew of human rights violations committed by the “Government of Ethiopia” in the aftermath of the 2005 elections, including the injury of “763 civilians,” the murder of 193 persons and detention of “thousands more opposition party leaders and their followers, “widespread violations of human rights and international law by the Ethiopian military in Mogadishu and other areas of Somalia, as well as in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia.” The bill describes the use of “unjustifiably brutal tactics [by the government of Ethiopia] against its own citizens in Oromiya, Amhara and Gambella regions.” The bill finds the recent civil society law has the effect of “creat[ing] a complex web of onerous bureaucratic hurdles, draconian criminal penalties and intrusive powers of surveillance that would further decrease the political space available for civil society institutions.”

Section 5 of the bill requires the President to take “additional steps to support the implementation of democracy and governance institutions and organizations in Ethiopia,” including support for civil society organizations, fundamental freedoms, bolstering the independence of the judiciary and full international access to the Ogaden, among other things. The bill provides $20,000,000 for fiscal year 2009 to carry out its purposes.

In contrast to the Feingold bill, H.R. 2003 imposes stricter limitations on security assistance and travel restrictions on any official of the Government of Ethiopia involved in human rights violations. It also requires certification by the president that “quantifiable” efforts are being made in the human rights area, including release of political prisoners, independent operation of the judiciary, free operation of the print and broadcast media and restructuring of the national elections board to reflect the political diversity ion the country. H.R. 2003 also provides support for economic development.

The Coalition for H.R. 20003 will provide further analysis of the Feingold bill and possibilities for reconciling the House and Senate version in the coming day. For now, we ask all supporters of human rights in Ethiopia to express their gratitude and appreciation to Senator Feingold.

Please Check Here to Read the Full Bill
http://www.hr2003.org
E-mail: passhr2003@hr2003.org
Tel: 323-988-5688 Fax: 323-924-5563
For Immediate Release
September 10, 2008

  1. New Year 2001
    | #1

    Pleaseeeeeeeee all supporters of human rights in Ethiopia and Ethiopians….it will be the New Year Gift for us ….pleaseeeeee FAX FAX FAX FAX & many thanks to Senator Feingold

    God Bless Ethiopia!!!
    Happy New Year !!!! For All Ethiopians!!
    God Bless America!!!

  2. one ethiopia
    | #2

    Like I side before our new year 2001 may bring the death of the two fascist leader meles and issays also their family and their supporter. This two fascist washed their hands with million of incent amhars blood. all you amhara haters one day you will pay a big price what you did to the incent amhar people.

  3. Belay Zeleke
    | #3

    AMEN AMEN AMEN to that
    We need to support this measure by all means

    Happy New Year

  4. ewnetu
    | #4

    happy new year to all.we strongly believE the coming year shall empower the ethiopian people with freedom from the woyane oppressors .the ethiopian people must rise up to its plate and fight for human rights ,freedom and exploitation by woyane regim .FREEDOM DOES NOT COME ON A SILVER PLATE TO YOU PARTICULALY TO DIASPORA POPULATION .WE where are the ethiopian lions ,the tigers ,the students ,the farmers whose fatheres and grandfathers have sacrificed their lives for one ,ethiopia and freedom from the italians etc.where are the steve vicos of south africa ,mandela.ibekes of ethiopia .how long do we have to duck our neck and let the the few trample over our rights .ethiopia is one for all and we are all children of ethiopia .the oromos ,the tigrais who have lost their lands ,loved ones and others still in incarcerrationto stand up to our goven right .the time is now .we need to work as one for all and not remain paper tigers like the diaspora warriors .we should learn from south africans ,we should learn from the other freedom fighters .we need to rise upand make a little sole searching .what have i done to reverse the trend ,what have i done for my country as an individual ,please lets come to our senses and take this new year message to your heARTS

  5. WEGESHAW
    | #5

    ewnetu,
    I agree with you, our compatriots who are in Ethiopia are the ones who bring the real change, but don’t forget the importance of the Diaspora who could play an important role on the front of the international diplomacy to bring about democracy to our common mother land! I think we have to combine our efforts both in the country and abroad. The main thing is to avoid our non antagonistic differences.

    Ethiopia shall prevail,

    ENKUAN LE 2001 ADERESEN!

  6. ashu menge
    | #6

    Today is september11:

    If this fucking Americans do not stop in messing others politics and helping a dictator governer like MELES the next september 11 terror act will be acomplished by ME.

    I will kick the white house…trust guys.

    kill the Americans Addministration.

  7. kuma
    | #7

    to ashu
    haw ignorant are you to say like this?. firest try to fight the strongest army agazi then you can open your big mouth. by the way i know you are hoples guy who suffer by inferriority complex. any way i wish you happy new year looser.

  8. one ethiopia
    | #8

    ashu menge dont be stupid

  9. ewnetu
    | #9

    ATO ASHU/THAT IS WHY WE COULD NOT SUCCEED .WITH THIS KIND OF ATTITUDE WECANNOT BRING ABOUT CHANGE .WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR SELVES FIRST.WE NEED TO THINK BETTER THAN THE WOYANNES .BY INSULTING THE AMAERICANS ,YOU ARE ONLY SHOWING YOUR WEAK POINTS .WHAT I AM SAYING ,WE NEED TO LEARN FROM OUR NEIGHBOURS BOTH AT DIPLOMATIC AND INTERNAL STRUGGLE .DO NOT ANTAGONIZE THE WEST .DO NOT FIGHT AN ENMY THAT YOU CANNOT WIN .WE CAN WIN MELSE IF WE THINK TOGETHER ,GET UNIFIED AND WITH SOME SACRIFICES WE CAN BRING ABOUT CHANGE .LOOK AT KENYA,ZIMBABWE,SOUTH AFRICA..LOOK FOR A BETTER LANGUAGE TO EXPRESS YOUR FEELING .I UNDERSTAND YOU ARE VERY MUCH ANGRY.

  10. ewnetu
    | #10

    ATO ASHU/THAT IS WHY WE COULD NOT SUCCEED .WITH THIS KIND OF ATTITUDE WECANNOT BRING ABOUT CHANGE .WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR SELVES FIRST.WE NEED TO THINK BETTER THAN THE WOYANNES .BY INSULTING THE AMAERICANS ,YOU ARE ONLY SHOWING YOUR WEAK POINTS .WHAT I AM SAYING ,WE NEED TO LEARN FROM OUR NEIGHBOURS BOTH AT DIPLOMATIC AND INTERNAL STRUGGLE .DO NOT ANTAGONIZE THE WEST .DO NOT FIGHT AN ENMY THAT YOU CANNOT WIN .WE CAN WIN MELSE IF WE THINK TOGETHER ,GET UNIFIED AND WITH SOME SACRIFICES WE CAN BRING ABOUT CHANGE .LOOK AT KENYA,ZIMBABWE,SOUTH AFRICA..LOOK FOR A BETTER LANGUAGE TO EXPRESS YOUR FEELING .I UNDERSTAND YOU ARE VERY MUCH ANGRY.LET US DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND DO,GIVE MORE FOR THE STRUGGLE ./TO DAY THERE ARE MANY ETHIOPIANS WHO CANNOT AFFORD TO BUY A SINGLE BREAD OR DORO FOR THE NEW YEAR ,HOW MANY OF OUR FRIENDS ,FAMILIES ,ETHIOPIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS ARE IN PRISON WITHOUT ANYTHING TO EAT AND WITHOUT ANYTHING IN SIGHT ,HOPLESSNESS.THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO DIE FOR THE OTHERS FOR ETHIOPIA AND FOR YOUR SELVES AS WELL.ATLEAST ETHIOPIA WILL BE HAPPY TO SEE THIS .WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST IS TOO LITTLE TOO LATE .THIS THE MOMENT TO CRY AND NOT CELEBRATE .THINK AGAIN BROTHER .

  11. Seble
    | #11

    People

    As usuall, Ethiopia first and Agia editors are preparing to launch their assaults against the Honorable Senator for introducing the Bill. These losers are backed up by the oppressor regime of Ethiopia to do their best to ensure the bill ignored by the other Senators.

    Ethiopians in the Diaspora must do something against these HODAM Ethiopia first and Agia editors for they are only up to their own benefits and advantages.

  12. dawit-kefela
    | #12

    there is no one who cares for ethiopia blive me guys you are talkatives. and yet you comper your slfe with meles zenawi even morthan meles.kkkkkkkk you guys are real ignorant. haw can you bring change with out fighting? meles and his group were fighting the derg day and night with out bla bla bla like you ppl do.
    you know guys i realy hate you. your big problem is not woyane meles your big problem is inferriority comlex coz tigraians are in the lead. and you dont like to swalow all this reality. but when you amara ppl rule ethiopia 4 morthan 100+ years we tigraians we were with you even you sufferd us with your full arrogance.hawever blive it or not there will be no amara to rule ethiopia like 17years a go.
    hahahahahah are you guys normal haw can we acsept your back wardenes look the other africans they are better than us. any way woyane governement is much more better than any governement in ethiopia befor. and as an ethiopiawi i 100% support eprdf. and thats my on right to support them. not blindly but i have seen the good work of our biloved governement. so some ethiopians in the west pls give us a break we are moving forward to divolopement we can see our citys haw fast change. long live eprdf and dowen with hoples and power mongers. may god bless ethiopia.

  13. ewnetu
    | #13

    THERE IS NO TIGRIAN,NO OROMO,NO AMAHARA,NO WOLLAMO,WE ARE ALL ETHIOPIANS.GROW UP .

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