As Ethiopia Heads toward Crisis, U.S. Congress Must Act
Credit: David Stanley.
When Congress adjourned in September, it had failed to vote on resolutions on Ethiopia (S.Res. 432/H.Res. 861). When it returns, it should pass them without delay.
Ethiopia, an important security partner and ally, is heading for crisis. The country is suffering its worst unrest in years in response to the government's intensifying abuses and restrictions on freedoms, as documented by Freedom House.
The pending resolutions condemn the killing and arrests of protestors and journalists by security forces and call on the U.S. government to review security assistance and democracy strategies for Ethiopia. They are an important first step in addressing the crisis in Ethiopia, and a needed pivot from current inaction by the U.S. government.
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Addis Ababa has halted a human rights resolution in the House by threatening to break off security cooperation with the United States.
The spread of repressive policies has implications for U.S. security interests in the region.
Freedom House has compiled the following questions for South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, whom President-elect Donald Trump has nominated to serve as ambassador to the United Nations. Haley’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18.