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H.Res. 128 (115th): Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia.

About the resolution

Source: Republican Policy Committee

Ethiopia is an important development and regional security partner for the United States; however it continues to be a source of concern regarding human rights violations. Ethiopian elections in 2005 included violence, manipulation and the detention of opposition members and were deemed neither free nor fair in 2010. Additionally, Ethiopian government forces used violence against minority ethnic group protests in 2015, and the government has imposed a state of emergency which restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression, including blocking Internet access.

H.Res. 128 recognizes Ethiopia’s efforts to promote regional peace and security, and its partnership with the U.S. to combat terrorism, promote economic growth, and address health challenges. The resolution also expresses concern about human rights abuses and contracting democratic space; and condemns excessive use of ...

Sponsor and status

Christopher “Chris” Smith

Sponsor. Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Apr 10, 2018
Length: 6 pages
Feb 15, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Agreed To (Simple Resolution) on Apr 10, 2018

This simple resolution was agreed to on April 10, 2018. That is the end of the legislative process for a simple resolution.


Position statements

What legislators are saying

<span class='\"kicker\"'>CSPAN televises Smith hearing on progress in Ethiopia:</span>Reviewing Current Developments in Ethiopia
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Sep 12, 2018

Rep. Bass Encourages Passage Of House Resolution Supporting Respect for Human Rights And Encouraging Inclusive Governance in Ethiopia
    — Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA37] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 10, 2018

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - April 13, 2018
    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0] on Apr 16, 2018

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Feb 15, 2017

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Jul 27, 2017
Ordered Reported

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Apr 10, 2018
Agreed To

The resolution was passed in a vote in the House. A simple resolution is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.Res. 128 (115th) was a simple resolution in the United States Congress.

A simple resolution is used for matters that affect just one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. It must be agreed to in the chamber in which it was introduced. It is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.Res. 128. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This simple resolution was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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