Rep. Chris Smith: Ethiopia Should Acknowledge Its Challenges And Seek Reasonable Solutions –

Rep. Chris Smith: Ethiopia should acknowledge its challenges and seek reasonable solutions –

(OPride) — U.S. Congressman Chris Smith (D-NJ) on Thursday convened a hearing on the deteriorating conditions for democracy and human rights in Ethiopia. Dozens of activists, mostly from the Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups, were packed into a small room at the Rayburn House building. Two expert witnesses and four Ethiopians testified and responded to questions posed by lawmakers.
In his opening statement Smith criticized “a tradition of authoritarian rule” by a single party, which he said, “continues to strangle the advancement of democracy in Ethiopia.”  His comments were critical and also noted the U.S. dilemma in engaging with …

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