U.S. senators urge kerry to press Ethiopia respect human rights

In a letter written to U.S. Department of State, Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Call on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to make Human Rights Issue more central part of US-Ethiopia relations: Read the full Letter to State Department

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2 Responses to U.S. senators urge kerry to press Ethiopia respect human rights

  1. Robele Ababya Reply

    June 22, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Let us stop expecting others to fight for our freedom; it is our duties as citizens of Ethiopia to free ourselves from slavery under the brutal TPLF regime

  2. Sam Reply

    June 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Even before I read the article, knowing two Senators from Minnesota wrote the letter to State Department, I knew the Oromos who are residing in Minnesota might have influenced the Senators to act. I have no problem with that. But I have problem with the content of the Senators’ letter. The senators wrote “we have heard deep concern about how the Ethiopian government treats the largest ethnic group in the country, the Oromo, and about the government’s respect for the rule of law, human rights, and inclusive democracy.” The statement is half-true. The former of the quoted two sentences is false, and the latter is true. The Senators concern that the Oromos are singled out to be treated differently than other ethnic group is flat wrong. All Ethiopians are starved of the rule of law, human rights, and inclusive democracy. The Oromos in Minnesota should be clear whether EPDRF is an equal opportunity oppressor of democracy or not. What the Oromos are denied by not having a democratic government in Ethiopia, the Amharas, the Gurages, the Wolaytas and so on are denied too. To try to promote partisian politics when Ethiopians should stand as one for true democracy is a backhanded way of promoting secessionist politics. I think it is not working. It is a dying political tactic. It is time for those who made their living by promoting secessionist politics as their golden rule to wake up from their dream.

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