(Press Release) WASHINGTON – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) commended today’s passage of House Resolution 128, which encourages respect for human rights and inclusive governance in Ethiopia. Rep. Ellison was an original cosponsor of this resolution in both the 114th and 115th Congresses and has worked with the Ethiopian-American diaspora community to shed light on the human rights abuses being committed by Ethiopian security forces.
“I am proud to represent one of the largest Ethiopian diaspora communities in the United States, and I am grateful for their tireless work to see this resolution passed,” said Rep. Ellison. “The killings, arrests, and torture of their family, friends, and loved ones in Ethiopia is unacceptable. I hope the Ethiopian government responds to this vote by allowing for more freedom of expression, releasing its political prisoners, and improving human and civil rights in the country.”
Teshite Wako, President of the Oromo Community of Minnesota which represents about 40,000 Oromo people, said, “We sincerely appreciate the belief that Rep. Ellison put in us, his championing of human rights and respect for rule of law in Ethiopia, and his encouragement of democratically elected governance. Thank you, Rep. Ellison, for being in solidarity with us, and we look forward to action on the resolution.”