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H.R. 2003 back on track. Please stop the massive phone/fax campaign for now
Written by Coalition for H.R. 2003   
Wednesday, 01 August 2007
 The Coalition for H.R. 2003 has just learned that H.R. 2003 will be up for consideration during the September session of the House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting. House Foreign Affairs Chairman Tom Lantos in a press release today following the Committee meeting declared:
"This bill will not be considered by the full committee for now, but this does not mean the matter of progress in political and other rights in Ethiopia is closed.  The United States relationship with Ethiopia will continue to be conditioned on Ethiopian support for human rights and the rule of law.  We will continue to hold the Ethiopian government accountable for the way it treats its citizens." 

Congressman Lantos explained:
"The full committee did not consider the measure at today's markup because I wanted to give Ethiopia's elders, government officials, courts and opposition leaders an opportunity to work out a pardon arrangement for the more than 30 remaining political detainees.  Late last week I notified other members of Congress, including the House leadership, of my decision.  I continue to be concerned about the detainees, and hope for their release soon.
 
Prof. Ephraim Isaac says H.R. 2003 “has many good ideas in it.” 
 
 
 
Prof. Al Mariam and Prof. Ephrem discuss over H.R. 2003
Written by CyberEthiopia   
Tuesday, 31 July 2007

H.R. 2003 is a bill introduced by Congressman Donald Payne to encourage and facilitate the consolidation of peace and security, respect for human rights, democracy, and economic freedom in Ethiopia.

Professor Alemayehu, a lead member of the Coalition for H.R.2003 affirms that Prof Ephrem has been lobbying to block full congressional action against the Zenawi regime.

Professor Ephrem is a renown scholar and is leading the Ethiopian elders (Shemageles) who were engaged in commendable mediation efforts. The elder group who paid several visits to PM Zenawi and the then jailed CUD leaders, were reportedly instrumental in securing the release of the oppostion leaders. Prof Ephrem argues that the bill can jeopardize the liberation of further political prisoners on which he is currently working on. He further stresses that the bill "enslaves" and threatens the sovereignty our nation and that Ethiopians should strive to solve their problems among themselves without foreign interventions.

Listen to Prof. Al Mariam and Prof. Ephrem discussing over H.R. 2003 on VOA (July 30th) and on Addis Voice (July 28th). Abebe Belew, Addis Voice Editor, has published an open letter to Professor Ephrem Issac .

More importantly, take action now in the campaign for H.R. 2003 - Call and Fax .  

 

 
Pepu Fidel Mado performed in Zurich, Switzerland
Written by CyberEthiopia   
Tuesday, 24 July 2007

A unique entertainment event organized by Kinijit Support Organization in Switzerland was held in Zurich, Switzerland on Saturday, 21 July 2007.

Seven Artists namely Alemtsehay Wedajo, Tamagn Beyene, Tesfaye Sima, Alemayehu Tadesse, Tewodros Legesse, Tigist Negatu and Comedian Meskerem Bekele delighted the crowd with their extraordinary performance on the stage. Artist Tamagn Beyene was a special guest and his performance can be watched on YouTube .

Pepu Fidel Mado is the work of the late Laureate Tsegaye Gebremedhin.


 

 
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