Amhara Association of America Supports Bipartisan House Resolution …

Amhara Association of America Supports Bipartisan House Resolution that Condemns Targeted Ethnic and Religious Killings in Ethiopia

Amhara Association _ America _ resolution

Amhara Association of America
October 9, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Amhara Association of America (AAA) commends a resolution introduced  today in the U.S. House of Representatives that deplores the “targeted violence and destruction of  property directed against ethnic and religious minorities” in Ethiopia.  

The resolution, led by House Foreign Affairs Africa Subcommittee Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and  Ranking Member Chris Smith (R-NJ-4), expresses concern about various actions committed by  governmental and nonstate actors that are threatening to destabilize Ethiopia’s democratic transition.  The other original cosponsors on the resolution are Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA-3), Joe Wilson  (R-SC-2), and Ron Wright (R-TX-6).  

In addition to recognizing that “ethnic and religious minorities were targeted in violent attacks, and  [their] homes, businesses, and religious institutions were destroyed”, the resolution calls out incitement  and hate speech by individuals and organized groups in Ethiopia and the diaspora that fuel these  attacks. 

Other factors named as contributing to Ethiopia’s instability include the government’s use of excessive  force against peaceful protesters and the continued detention of journalists, nonviolent demonstrators,  and opposition figures, all of which echo repressive tactics used by the country’s previous regimes.  

To encourage respect for human rights and democratic progress in Ethiopia, the resolution calls on the  Ethiopian Government to fully and transparently investigate the killings that took place in Oromia and  other areas; resume dialogue with opposition parties on issues such as rescheduling national elections;  and consider transitional justice approaches to help resolve intercommunal grievances.  

The resolution also requests the Ethiopian Government respect the due process rights of all those who  have been arrested during the recent unrest; allow Ethiopians to exercise their constitutional rights to  peaceful freedom of assembly and the press.  

Finally, the resolution calls on the United States Government to encourage intra-Ethiopian dialogue on  political issues, unfreeze foreign assistance to Ethiopia recently withheld over the GERD negotiations  while supporting an equitable settlement for all countries involved, consider applying sanctions on  Ethiopian human rights abusers, and support increased U.S. private sector investment in Ethiopia.  

“Deadly attacks on Amharas, Agaws, Christian Oromos, and other communities in Ethiopia are increasing  at an alarming rate” said Tewodrose Tirfe, Chairman of AAA. “We applaud Chairwoman Bass, Ranking  Member Smith, and the other original cosponsors for drawing attention to this targeted violence and condemning those who fan the flames of hatred in Ethiopia and across the diaspora. AAA looks forward  to helping increase the number of bipartisan cosponsors on the resolution in the coming weeks.”  

The full text of the resolution can be read here

Media Contact: 

Tewodrose (Ted) Tirfe, Chairman, Amhara Association of America 

info@amharaamerica.org 

About AAA: The Amhara Association of America (AAA) is a nonprofit organization that coordinates the  advocacy efforts of Ethiopia’s Amhara diaspora in the United States to Congress, the Executive Branch, non governmental organizations, and international bodies. Visit www.amharaamerica.org for more information.



Join the conversation. Like borkena on Facebook and get Ethiopian News updates regularly. As well, you may get Ethiopia News by following us on twitter @zborkena

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.