H.Res.861 - Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia.114th Congress (2015-2016)
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|Sponsor:||Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] (Introduced 09/12/2016)|
|Committees:||House - Foreign Affairs|
|Latest Action:||House - 09/12/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.Res.861 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (09/12/2016)
Condemns: (1) the killing of peaceful protesters and excessive use of force by Ethiopian security forces; (2) the detention of journalists, students, activists and political leaders who exercise their constitutional rights to freedom of assembly and expression through peaceful protests; and (3) the abuse of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation to stifle political and civil dissent and journalistic freedoms.
Urges protesters in Ethiopia to refrain from violence.
Calls on the government of Ethiopia to:
- end the use of excessive force by security forces;
- investigate the killings and excessive use of force that took place as a result of protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions;
- release dissidents, activists, and journalists who have been imprisoned for exercising constitutional rights;
- respect the right to peaceful assembly and guarantee freedom of the press;
- engage in open consultations with citizens regarding its development strategy;
- allow a United Nations rapporteur to conduct an independent examination of the state of human rights in Ethiopia; and
- investigate and report on the circumstances surrounding the September 3, 2016, shootings and fire at Qilinto Prison.
Calls on such government to repeal proclamations that:
- can be used to harass or prohibit funding for organizations that investigate human rights violations, engage in peaceful political dissent, or advocate for greater political freedoms;
- prohibit those displaced from their land from seeking judicial redress;
- permit the detention of peaceful protesters and political opponents who legally exercise their rights to freedom of expression and association; and
- limit peaceful nonprofit operations in Ethiopia.
Calls on: (1) the Department of State to review security assistance, and improve oversight of U.S. assistance, to Ethiopia; and (2) the U.S. Agency for International Development to lead efforts to develop a strategy to support improved democracy and governance in Ethiopia.
Supports the peaceful efforts of the Ethiopian people to exercise their constitutional rights.