A subcommittee open hearing titled “Ethiopia After Meles: The Future of Democracy and Human Rights,” was held on June 20, 2013 by Congressman Christopher Smith, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations at the U.S. Congress in Washington DC.
This will be the second time Congressman Smith raised the matter after he worked hard in 2006 to bring the human rights and democracy issue of Ethiopia all the way from subcommittee to the House before it faced obstacles and died.
The hearing is meant to examine the Ethiopian Government’s observance of democratic and human rights principles in post-Meles Ethiopia. On this Donald Y. Yamamoto, Acting Assistant Secretary of State; Earl Gast, Asst. Administrator of U.S. Agency for International Development; Dr. Berhanu Nega, Ph.D., of Bucknell University; Dr. J. Peter Pham, Ph.D., Director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center; Obang Metho, of Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia; and Adotei Akwei of Amnesty International testified during the hearing.