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Insanity: Doing the Same Thing and Expecting Different Results

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission urges Washington lifting of sanctions be tied to human rights
If You Want ‘Different Result’, You Have to Try ‘Different Approach’. Previous international approaches to Eritrea was a failure because it was focused on confrontation, isolation, pressure, and coercion.

BY FIKREJESUS AMHAZION (PH.D.)

Recently, American congressmen Randy Hultgren and James P. McGovern, Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, wrote to the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, urging him to “ensure that any reset in relations between the United States and Eritrea, or any easing of sanctions imposed on Eritrea by the United Nations, be tied to concrete human rights objectives.” Continue reading Insanity: Doing the Same Thing and Expecting Different Results

The State of Human Right Dilemmas in Ethiopia

This briefing will provide an overview of the current state of human rights violations in Ethiopia and will examine how the Ethiopian government has limited the activities of civil society, repressed the media, and abridged the human rights of indigenous people living in the way of development projects.

By Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (United States Congress),

PLEASE join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on the current state of human rights in Ethiopia.

This briefing will take place at 1:30 PM on 11/14/2014, in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

BACKGROUND: While Ethiopia has proven to be a willing ally [puppet] in the war on terror and partner in developing successful models to strengthen food security and community resilience, many aspects of its human rights record continue to raise concerns. In recent years there has been a disturbing trend towards repressive interpretations of laws, which have led to significant human rights abuses targeting civil society groups, freedom of the press, and indigenous peoples.

A growing number of journalists and political opposition actors have been arrested under anti-terrorism statutes. The inability of civil society groups to function has prevented meaningful engagement on a number of important human rights issues, including land and water rights and the rights of indigenous peoples. Continue reading The State of Human Right Dilemmas in Ethiopia