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.
በአሜሪካ የምትኖሩ በስልክ ቁጥር (202) 225-3706 በመደወል ለ ኮንግረስማን Mac Thornberry የሚከተለውን መልዕክት ያስ
My name is ____ and I am from _____State. I am calling to ask representative Thornberry, as the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, to support Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to schedule H.Res 128 for a floor vote in the House of Representatives. I know Representative Thornberry supports freedom, democracy and human rights. H. Res. 128 passed the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (HFAC) with unanimous support. I hope the representative will not allow the Ethiopian Government to blackmail the US with threats of suspending anti-terrorism cooperation.
The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Majority Leader of the House of Representatives
H-107, THE CAPITOL
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20515
Re: H.Res. 128 “Supporting Respect for Human Rights and Encouraging Inclusive Governance in Ethiopia.”
Dear Majority Leader McCarthy:
I am writing to express my profound disappointment that the tentatively scheduled vote for H.Res.128 on October 2nd was postponed. Reliable sources have informed us that the vote was postponed due to the threat from the Ethiopian government that a House vote on H.Res. 128 will force them to suspend their anti-terrorism cooperation with the US military.
I find it outrageous that the Ethiopian regime will make such a brazen blackmail attempt and I would like to think the House leadership will not succumb to the blackmail by a regime that depends on US tax payer funded foreign aid for its survival. As an Ethiopian-American with strong attachment to my country of birth I have a deep and abiding interest that Ethiopia, the regional power in the strategic Horn of Africa, is peaceful, democratic and remains a very strong ally of the United States.
However, the political crisis in Ethiopia and the deteriorating security conditions 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. For the last 26 years, the Ethiopian regime has a well documented history of egregious human rights violations as well as stifling and even criminalizing political dissent as reported by various international rights groups. To this day, the regime’s repeated promises for reform remain unfulfilled.
H.Res. 128 is sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ4) and co-sponsored by Reps. Mike Coffman (R-CO-6), Edward Royce (R-CA39), Elliott Engel (D-NY16) and more than 80 members of the House.
I am respectfully urging you to bring H.Res.128 to the House floor for a vote as soon as possible so as to give hope to the Ethiopian people that the United States Congress stands with them in their long quest to establish a democratic state governed by rule of law and respect for universally guaranteed human rights. I thank you for your consideration of this request.