(OiPlatform): The Ethiopian Government has rejected House Resolution saying it is counterproductive. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says: “This simple resolution is counterproductive and is against the important partnership between the U.S. and Ethiopia”. It continues, “This simple resolution is counterproductive and is against the important partnership between the U.S. and Ethiopia.”
It was reported that some senators and house representatives, as well as the State Department, were pushing for the resolution to be rejected. The Ethiopian government sent this group a thank you note saying: “The government of Ethiopia would also like to express its appreciation to those Members of Congress, Senate and Executive branch who, having evaluated the facts on the ground as well as weighing the importance of the bilateral relationship, worked against this biased resolution.”
With its lobbying agency SGR LLC, the Ethiopian government has managed to create a confusion among representatives and senators. The Ethiopian government signed a contract with SGR LLC in January 2018 for this particular purpose. In their agreement, the Ethiopian government agreed to pay the lobbying agency 30k USD for two months.
Some provisions in the Resolution to read the full version please use this link):
Calls on the Government of Ethiopia to—
(A) lift the state of emergency;
(B) repeal or amend proclamations used as a tool to suppress human rights in Ethiopia, including the Charities and Societies Proclamation and Anti-Terrorism Proclamation of 2009, and respect the rights of Ethiopian citizens to freedom of assembly and expression, in keeping with Articles 30 and 29 of the Ethiopian Constitution;
(C) end the use of excessive force by Ethiopian security forces and hold accountable those responsible for killing, torturing, or otherwise abusing the human rights of civilians exercising their constitutional rights through fair and public trials;
(D) release all activists, journalists, and opposition figures who have been wrongfully imprisoned for exercising their constitutional rights, including those arrested for reporting about public protests;
(E) improve transparency around development policies and activities that may infringe upon the human rights of local communities; and
(F) allow for an independent examination of the state of human rights in Ethiopia by a rapporteur appointed by the United Nations;”
Some analysts are arguing that by dismissing House Resolution 128, the Ethiopian government is telling the international community that it is not ready for any Reform.