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USAID Hands Over Eight Vehicles to Ethiopian Human Rights Commission 

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Ambassador Tracey Ann Jacobson, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, hands over vehicles to Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Deputy Chief Commissioner Rakeb Messele, Addis Ababa, September 12, 2022 (courtesy of U.S. Embassy)

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Addis Ababa – Ambassador Tracey Ann Jacobson, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, and USAID/Ethiopia Mission Director Sean Jones handed over eight vehicles to the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Deputy Chief Commissioner Rakeb Messele.  These vehicles were donated on behalf of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in support of the work of the EHRC.  

These eight vehicles were requested by the EHRC, which has faced incredible difficulty hiring short-term cars and drivers willing to travel to regions recently impacted by conflict, and the new vehicles will more than double the EHRC’s current fleet, facilitating their important work.   

During her remarks, Ambassador Jacobson stated, “Promoting accountability for human rights abuses remains one of the U.S. government’s top priorities in Ethiopia.  Human rights accountability must be a cornerstone of any inclusive political process to heal Ethiopia’s divisions and to provide peace and security for all Ethiopians.” 

The vehicles will allow the EHRC’s independent investigators to travel to hard-to-reach areas of Ethiopia to investigate, document, and report allegations of human rights violations and abuses.  This ensures that the EHRC will continue to meet the high expectations of the Ethiopian people and the international community to account for human rights violations.  

Since 2020, the U.S. government has partnered with the EHRC as it conducts its constitutionally mandated work efficiently and independently.  USAID’s Feteh Justice Activity helped EHRC develop a “Rapid Response Strategy” to allegations of human rights abuses and violations and furnished the Commission’s two branch offices in Jimma and Bahir Dar.  The United States respects the EHRC’s independence, and this cooperation will benefit the Commission and the people of Ethiopia. 

The American people continue to partner with the people of Ethiopia on programs and projects to improve and save lives.  To learn more about the U.S.-Ethiopia partnership visit: U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia (usembassy.gov) and follow U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa | Facebook and https://twitter.com/USEmbassyAddis on social media. 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. What more can I say!!! Good Ole USA at its best once again!!! Ask those two bullies in Moscow and Beijing to follow this example and top that. But it would be futile for you. One is busy killing children and the elderly in Ukraine and the other one is busy harassing a small democratic island. They both are allergic to democratic principles and they faint just from hearing the phrase ‘human rights’. Thank you USA!!!

  2. I beg to differ from this yankee worshipper. I wish USA and said gow away to yankeeland and leave us alone. we can solve our economic problems in this distorted economic order dominated by wilful spinners and evil gluttons.

  3. The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission deserves support and acknowledgement for its important mission. It should investigate all the human rights violations in the country and urge all the sides in the conflict to respect all humanitarian laws.

  4. እንደምናችሁ! መልካም አዲስ አመት!

    USA & Human Rights? “ጅብ – የማያውቁት ሐገር ኼዶ – ቁርበት አንጥፉልኝ!”- ይላል – አሉ! Isn’t America the birth place of “Black Lives Matter”? If America cared about Blacks, why would Black Americans flood the White Supremacist West [WSW] USA’s streets?

    WSW’s Carrot & Stick Policy: Biden renewed his sanctions/embargoes on Ethiopia last week. USAID donates 8 vehicles to EHRC this week with a reminder: “Human rights… must be a cornerstone of any inclusive political process…” Include TPLF-OLF/OLA?

    If America cared about Ethiopia, why would it impose sanctions/embargo on Ethiopia for TPLF’s Crimes [Amhara Genocide at MayKadra; invasion-and-occupation of Amhara & Affar; Gang rape of Amhara & Affar women; destruction of public/private property; etc.]

    The Egypt-TPLF-OLF/OLA Crime Cartel is behind ALL Crimes against Humanity in Ethiopia. So, if Black Lives Matter to America, why did America refuse to stand with Ethiopia to bring this Crime Cartel to justice? Obviously, USA is complicit in all this!

    The TPLF-OLF/OLA massacred Amharas, Affars, etc.; looted/destroyed their property; displaced them with literally the clothes on their backs; etc. So, why did America & UN opt to starve these victims and reward the aggressors with convoys of food, meds, etc.?

    i_Mognu / don_Q

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