Your Name and address and email
The Honorable William “Mac” Thornberry
Chairman, House Armed Services Committee
2208 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3706
Re: H.Res. 128: Supporting Respect for Human Rights and Encouraging Inclusive Governance in Ethiopia.
Dear Chairman Thornberry:
I am writing to respectfully request your support for Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to schedule H.Res 128 for a floor vote in the House of Representatives.
It has come to my attention that the Ethiopian Ambassador to the US had met with you to use your influence on Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to cancel the tentatively scheduled October 2nd floor vote for H. Res. 128
I am very disappointed by the turn of events since I worked hard to successfully petition my representatives to co-sponsor H. Res 128 that cleared the House Foreign Relations Committee with unanimous support.
Mr. Chairman, the political crisis in Ethiopia and the deteriorating security situation in the country keeps getting worse and the regime has no plans of ever carrying much needed fundamental reforms to save Ethiopia from sliding into the abyss. As Ethiopian-Americans with strong ties to our ancestral homeland, we are deeply worried that Ethiopia will implode in massive violence against the illegitimate and lawless government unless things change.
It is my deep and abiding interest that Ethiopia, the regional power in the strategic Horn of Africa, is peaceful, stable, democratic and continues to be the strong historical ally of the United States, the indispensable power in the world. However, for the last 26 years the minority ethnic regime which rules Ethiopia with an iron fist has systematically carried gross human rights abuses and completely closed the political space for the 100 million denizens in the second most populated country in Sub-Sahara Africa.
I implore you to add your voice in support of H.Res 128 which basically encourages the Ethiopian government to respect human rights and civil liberties as fundamental and universal principles, to heed the will of its people and to govern through consent, not coercion. I thank you for your consideration of this request.