Ethiopia After Meles: The Future of Democracy and Human Rights

U.S. Congress holds discussion on human rights in Ethiopia; Bill to be reintroduced
U.S. Congress holds hearing on human rights in Ethiopia; Bill to be reintroduced

By TesfaNews,

A subcommittee open hearing titled “Ethiopia After Meles: The Future of Democracy and Human Rights,” was held on June 20, 2013 by Congressman Christopher Smith,  the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations at the U.S. Congress in Washington DC.

This will be the second time Congressman Smith raised the matter after he worked hard in 2006 to bring the human rights and democracy issue of Ethiopia all the way from subcommittee to the House before it faced obstacles and died. 

The hearing is meant to examine the Ethiopian Government’s observance of democratic and human rights principles in post-Meles Ethiopia. On this Donald Y. Yamamoto, Acting Assistant Secretary of State; Earl Gast, Asst. Administrator of U.S. Agency for International Development; Dr. Berhanu Nega, Ph.D., of Bucknell University; Dr. J. Peter Pham, Ph.D., Director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center; Obang Metho, of Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia; and Adotei Akwei of Amnesty International testified during the hearing.

Opening Statements

 

Witnesses

Panel I

The Honorable Donald Y. Yamamoto
Acting Assistant Secretary of State
Bureau of African Affairs
U.S. Department of State
[full text of statement]

The Honorable Earl W. Gast
Assistant Administrator
Bureau for Africa
U.S. Agency for International Development
[full text of statement]

Panel II

Berhanu Nega, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics
Bucknell University
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]

J. Peter Pham, Ph.D.
Director
Michael S. Ansari Africa Center
Atlantic Council
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]

Mr. Obang Metho
Executive Director
Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]

Mr. Adotei Akwei
Managing Director for Government Relations
Amnesty International USA
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]