US HR128 | 2017-2018 | 115th Congress


Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 83-32)
Status: Introduced on February 15 2017 - 25% progression
Action: 2018-04-10 - Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [PDF]


Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia. Condemns: (1) the killing of peaceful protesters and excessive use of force by Ethiopian security forces; (2) the detention of journalists, students, activists and political leaders who exercise their constitutional rights to freedom of assembly and expression through peaceful protests; and (3) the abuse of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation to stifle political and civil dissent and journalistic freedoms. Urges: (1) protesters in Ethiopia to refrain from violence and from encouragement or acceptance of violence in demonstrations, and (2) all armed factions to cease their conflict with the Ethiopian government and engage in peaceful negotiations. Calls on the government of Ethiopia to: lift the state of emergency; end the use of excessive force by security forces; investigate the killings and excessive use of force that took place as a result of protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions; release dissidents, activists, and journalists who have been imprisoned for exercising constitutional rights; respect the right to peaceful assembly and guarantee freedom of the press; engage in open consultations with citizens regarding its development strategy; allow a United Nations rapporteur to conduct an independent examination of the state of human rights in Ethiopia; address the grievances brought forward by representatives of registered opposition parties; hold accountable those responsible for killing, torturing, and detaining innocent civilians who exercised their constitutional rights; and investigate and report on the circumstances surrounding the September 3, 2016, shootings and fire at Qilinto Prison, the deaths of persons in attendance at the annual Irreecha festivities at Lake Hora near Bishoftu on October 2, 2016, and the ongoing killings of civilians over several years in the Somali Regional State by police. Calls on such government to repeal proclamations that: can be used to harass or prohibit funding for organizations that investigate human rights violations, engage in peaceful political dissent, or advocate for greater political freedoms; prohibit those displaced from their land from seeking judicial redress; permit the detention of peaceful protesters and political opponents who legally exercise their rights to freedom of expression and association; and limit peaceful nonprofit operations in Ethiopia. Calls on: (1) the Department of State to review security assistance and improve oversight of U.S. assistance to Ethiopia; (2) the U.S. Agency for International Development to lead efforts to develop a strategy to support improved democracy and governance in Ethiopia; and (3) the State Department, in cooperation with the Department of the Treasury, to apply appropriate sanctions on foreign persons or entities responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights committed against any nationals in Ethiopia;. Supports the peaceful efforts of the Ethiopian people to exercise their constitutional rights.

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Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia.


Rep. Christopher Smith [R]Rep. Karen Bass [D]Rep. Mike Coffman [R]Rep. Robin Kelly [D]
Rep. Marc Veasey [D]Rep. Keith Ellison [D]Rep. Betty McCollum [D]Rep. Diana DeGette [D]
Rep. Richard Nolan [D]Rep. Tom Emmer [R]Rep. Pete Sessions [R]Rep. Erik Paulsen [R]
Rep. Raul Grijalva [D]Rep. Scott Tipton [R]Rep. Richard Hudson [R]Rep. Robert Brady [D]
Rep. Joyce Beatty [D]Rep. Barbara Lee [D]Rep. Don Beyer [D]Rep. Eleanor Norton [D]
Rep. Rob Woodall [R]Rep. Judy Chu [D]Rep. James McGovern [D]Rep. Alma Adams [D]
Rep. Janice Schakowsky [D]Rep. Luis Gutierrez [D]Rep. William Keating [D]Rep. Gregory Meeks [D]
Rep. Robert Pittenger [R]Rep. Jared Polis [D]Rep. Michael Capuano [D]Rep. C.A. Ruppersberger [D]
Rep. Adam Smith [D]Rep. Mike Bishop [R]Rep. Bobby Rush [D]Rep. Jamie Raskin [D]
Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D]Rep. Rodney Davis [R]Rep. Brian Mast [R]Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D]
Rep. Gwen Moore [D]Rep. Danny Davis [D]Rep. Dwight Evans [D]Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D]
Rep. Mark Pocan [D]Rep. Gerald Connolly [D]Rep. Timothy Walz [D]Rep. Ann Wagner [R]
Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D]Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R]Rep. Frank Pallone [D]Rep. Ken Buck [R]
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [D]Rep. Jason Lewis [R]Rep. Gus Bilirakis [R]Rep. Norma Torres [D]
Rep. Eliot Engel [D]Rep. Joe Wilson [R]Rep. Henry Johnson [D]Rep. Edward Royce [R]
Rep. Katherine Clark [D]Rep. Steve Cohen [D]Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee [D]Rep. Adriano Espaillat [D]
Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D]Rep. John Shimkus [R]Rep. Kevin Yoder [R]Rep. Susan Davis [D]
Rep. Mike Thompson [D]Rep. Elijah Cummings [D]Rep. Maxine Waters [D]Rep. Louise Slaughter [D]
Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D]Rep. Rod Blum [R]Rep. Al Lawson [D]Rep. David Reichert [R]
Rep. Kristi Noem [R]Rep. John Yarmuth [D]Rep. Ruben Gallego [D]Rep. Michael McCaul [R]
Rep. Doug Lamborn [R]Rep. Anthony Brown [D]Rep. Albio Sires [D]Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D]
Rep. John Lewis [D]Rep. Frederica Wilson [D]Rep. Bonnie Coleman [D]Rep. Pramila Jayapal [D]
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D]Rep. Ro Khanna [D]Rep. Barbara Comstock [R]Rep. David Scott [D]
Rep. David Young [R]Rep. Steve Russell [R]Rep. Juan Vargas [D]Rep. David Loebsack [D]
Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D]Rep. Joaquin Castro [D]Rep. George Holding [R]Rep. Donald Payne [D]
Rep. John Sarbanes [D]Rep. Derek Kilmer [D]Rep. David Cicilline [D]Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D]
Rep. Peter DeFazio [D]Rep. Theodore Deutch [D]Rep. Scott Peters [D]Rep. Jim Cooper [D]
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi [D]Rep. Don Bacon [R]Rep. Collin Peterson [D]Rep. Donald McEachin [D]
Rep. Bill Foster [D]Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R]Rep. Andre Carson [D]


2018-04-10HouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2018-04-10HouseOn motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H3069-3070)
2018-04-10HouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 128.
2018-04-10HouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H3069-3075)
2018-04-10HouseMr. Smith (NJ) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended.
2017-07-27HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
2017-07-27HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
2017-05-18HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.
2017-02-15HouseReferred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
2017-02-15HouseIntroduced in House

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SR168 (Related) 2017-09-19 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 226.


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