Coffman Statement on Ethiopia Announcement

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Aurora, January 3, 2018 | Daniel Bucheli (202-225-7882) | comments

Aurora, CO— U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) released the following statement after the Ethiopian government pledged to release political prisoners as well as close down a prison camp notorious for torture:

“While Ethiopian government’s announcement that it’s releasing political prisoners and closing down one of its torture camps, is a step in the right direction— all human rights violations by the Ethiopian government must come to an end.  The Ethiopian government has engaged in terrorists acts against its own people and such behavior is unacceptable and I will continue, as I have, to make sure that the United States holds the Ethiopian government responsible for all of its promises in respecting the human rights of all of the Ethiopian people.”

Background: Representative Coffman has been a strong supporter of House Resolution 128, which unanimously passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee in July 2017. The resolution condemns the Ethiopian security services of excessive use of force that has resulted in the deaths of protesters and wrongful arrests of activist and political opponents of the regime.

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