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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Aug 5, 2010.
Support for Democracy and Human Rights in Ethiopia Act of 2010 - Prohibits assistance to the government of Ethiopia unless the Secretary of State certifies annually that the government of Ethiopia has taken steps to: (1) ensure the freedoms of civil society organizations to pursue work on civic education, democratization, human rights, and conflict resolution; (2) respect the rights of and permit nonviolent political parties to operate free from intimidation, including releasing imprisoned opposition political leaders; (3) strengthen judicial independence; (4) allow Voice of America (VOA) and other independent media to operate without interference; (5) promote respect for human rights within its security forces, including investigating allegations of abuse; and (6) ensure that humanitarian and development entities have access to all regions of the country.
Authorizes the Secretary, with a certification to Congress, to waive the prohibition if in the U.S. national security interest.
States that the prohibition shall not apply to: (1) health and HIV/AIDS assistance; (2) humanitarian assistance; or (3) emergency food aid.