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H.Res. 128: 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 ...

Sponsor and status

Christopher “Chris” Smith

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

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Last Updated: Feb 15, 2017
Length: 10 pages

Feb 15, 2017


Ordered Reported on Jul 27, 2017

The committees assigned to this resolution sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on July 27, 2017.


Feb 15, 2017

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Jul 27, 2017
Ordered Reported

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Agreed To

H.Res. 128 is 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.

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