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Ethiopia - Washington Update

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02/12/08

  10:12:52 pm, by admin, 383 words  
Categories: Ethiopia, H.R. 2003

Ethiopia - Washington Update

Ethiopia - Washington Update

There will be an announcement made by the Senate’s Africa subcommittee about the upcoming hearing regarding The Horn of Africa, including Ethiopia. We will let you all know about the details as soon as they are announced. The hearing is intended to advise the Senate on how to proceed with H.R. 2003 (or similar legislation). As we all know Ethiopian democracy achieved a major milestone on October 2nd of last year when the House passed H.R. 2003, the Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Act of 2007. This was evidence of the strong commitment of the congress to the cause of democracy in Ethiopia. It also showed interest in fostering progress in development in Ethiopia.

This public vote sent a strong message to American diplomats and was heard by the Meles regime. Now the next step is to win in the Senate. For this we need to contact our state’s Senators and very importantly the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Joseph Biden (D – DE), and the ranking member, Richard Lugar (R – IN). We also should contact the Chairman of the Africa Subcommittee, Russ Feingold (D – WI), and the ranking member, John Sununu (R – NH).

Also we should send out thanks and condolences to the late Tom Lantos, Chairman of the House International Relation Committee who tragically passed away yesterday. He was a true champion of human rights and a key supporter of Ethiopia. He will be missed.

In the last weeks our distinguished advocate for democracy and development in Ethiopia, Engineer Hailu Shawel, President of Coalition for Unity and Democracy in Ethiopia (CUD) addressed Ethiopians here in the US in Las Vegas and Dallas where he met enthusiastic audiences concerned with progress in Ethiopia. He presented his vision for Ethiopia, one with human rights, economic development and democracy. He joined by Wzr. Nigest G/Hewoit who urged Ethiopian women to participate in the democracy movement. Doctor Taye Woldesemiat also spoke about unity for all Ethiopians as a necessary step forward.

Finally, we have a new video to be shown on February 17th at the Washington, DC Convention Center documenting the CUD’s organization of Ethiopian citizens in Ethiopia. This covers a range of the whole of the country! All invited! Please come!

Mesfin Mekonen, Kinijit International Council Foreign Relations

9 comments

Comment from: Z-Mike [Visitor]
Z-Mike

:)):)):))WHAT’S is the name of the new bill:?::?::?::?:

We know hr2003 is already dead:crazy:

You guys give it up or you can keep on :lalala::lalala::lalala:

Z-Mike

02/13/08 @ 00:40
Comment from: Hope [Visitor]
Hope

Good, we will call our state senators and chairman of the senate relation committee, Joseph Biden. We will let them know that we Ethiopians do not want to be administered by made in America law.

02/13/08 @ 01:05
Comment from: Hope [Visitor]
Hope

Yaigrecheefe, The February 17 event is a good time to present your gift, the jingle bell song, to CUD. Those who have not heard the song, please refer to the topic “Ethiopian Government Pardons twenty-five CUD supporters”

I’m still singing: Jingle bell, Jingle bell……..

02/13/08 @ 01:17
Comment from: MERKATO [Visitor]
MERKATO

MR mesfin mekonnen - What a losser .here is my advise for you ,you will have many followers if you take your dead Hr 2003 to shabians they will rally to destroy Ethiopia with you. or Just give up and focus on the that little restaurant,we told you last time you came long way from dish washing to managing in that tiny restaurent Please leave us alone ,we ETHIOPIANS don,t need to beg the white man to solve our problem ,Our problems are people like you who don,t have the confidence in their fellow Ethiopians ,the good thing is you and your kinds are old and ready to depart.

02/13/08 @ 03:06
Comment from: ezra [Visitor]  
ezra

we do not paly with the innocent ethiopian blood so make some thing a change from the crul EPRDF regimen so every one work togather to a better democratic country ethiopia so to live happly togather

02/13/08 @ 04:22
Comment from: el [Visitor]
el

MR Mesfin Mekonen, Kinijit International Council Foreign Relations’=> =>=> take your video to Asmara and share it with Islamic terrorists,

If you really cared about Ethiopia, why didn’t you grab the opportunity to run the most important economic center of ethiopia, Addis ababa, and make a difference, regardless of wither the election was fair or not? instead you chose to provoke the innocent and exposed them to fire.

I don’t belong to any party as such but that was when I realized you guys are nothing but power thirty bunch of idiots. I could have forgiven you for that but I will never forgive you for aligning your dumb self with Ethiopia’s enemy the Eritreans. you could have used a less poisonous dog than that. how can you do that to your country? wushoch.

02/13/08 @ 04:43
Comment from: Yirgacheffee [Visitor]
Yirgacheffee

Hope [Visitor],

I posted it but they deleted it—-anyways,

I’m gonna take that song and perform in the “Kinijit Idols”

and the Kinijit Sam will say “congratulations you’re going to Kallytiwood”

02/13/08 @ 11:58
Comment from: Alaabaan Urjii [Visitor]
Alaabaan Urjii

American based CUD is appealling to the United States Senators to snatch power from Nation and Nationalities of Ethiopia and krown its leaders in Addis Ababa. By the way, do these power thirty over there know that the time when only one ethnic group is able to rule Ethiopia is gone? Or are they wise to embrace nations and nationalities of Ethiopia? Aren’t they too proud to respect other Nations and nationalities? Are they strong enough to saveguard Mamma Ethiopia from the Eritrean looters? Or they have signed to reward some provinces of Ethiopia to Shaebia for the support they have been extended by it?
Ethiopia is no more an Empire, but a Federal! Whether HR 2003 is approved or not, the Andnet at their foot is impossible any longer. If the unity of Ethiopia is jeopardized, those who want to rule it with rein in the mouth of nation and nationalities are responssible.
If change matters and Barak Obama is going to rule the mighty nation of the world, then nations and nationalites of Ethiopia must also decide for them selves.

Urjiin Ifa!

02/13/08 @ 22:26
Comment from: AGB [Visitor]
AGB

I think you people are confused between CUD and EPLF.
EPLF and TPLF are basically the same fighting to disintegrate the ancient Ethiopian country.
CUD in this regard is different.
It is an opposition party trying to operate peacefully in Ethiopia.
Don’t try to mix these please because there is already an inseparable mix between TPLF and EPLF!

02/15/08 @ 08:33

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