Subcommittee Hearing: Ethiopia After Meles: The Future of Democracy and Human Rights

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Subcommittee Hearing: Ethiopia After Meles:
The Future of Democracy and Human Rights


Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations | 2172 House Rayburn Office Building Washington, DC 20515 | Jun 20, 2013 10:00am

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “Ethiopia is a vital American ally in Africa, but its human rights and democracy policies fall short of the basic rights that Ethiopians deserve. Our hearing will look at the policies of the current Ethiopian government in hopes that it will better accommodate political opposition and civil society, and respect the rights of all Ethiopians. We also need to consider how the U.S. Government can support ways to improve the rights—and lives—of the Ethiopian people.”

Witnesses

Panel I

The Honorable Donald Y. Yamamoto
Acting Assistant Secretary of State
Bureau of African Affairs
U.S. Department of State

The Honorable Earl W. Gast
Assistant Administrator
Bureau for Africa
U.S. Agency for International Development
Panel II

Berhanu Nega, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics
Bucknell University

J. Peter Pham, Ph.D.
Director
Michael S. Ansari Africa Center
Atlantic Council

Mr. Obang Metho
Executive Director
Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia
June 15, 2013
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Ethiopia’s opposition(UDJ) vows sustained national protests against the ruling party

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopia’s main opposition party says it will launch what it said will be a sustained national campaign against the country’s ruling party.The Unity for Democracy and Justice Party

The announcement Thursday follows a peaceful demonstration on June 2. It was the first public protest since 2005 when security forces killed hundreds of protesters in postelection violence.

The Unity for Democracy and Justice Party said the country is heading toward “absolute dictatorship” under the ruling party, which has been in control since 1991.

The party said it would hold rallies to pressure the government to remove the anti-terrorism law. It will also call for the respect of human and democratic rights and will demand the release of jailed dissidents, journalists and political leaders.

The protests are the first show of disapproval against Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

June 22, 2013

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