Congressman Mike Honda addressed human rights issues in Ethiopia
By: A. Hailu
The main stream media may not be interested in covering the most significant event that took place
in Washington DC yesterday as far as the Ethiopian-American in San Jose concerned.
As most of you are aware, the Bay Area Ethiopian students and concerned Ethiopians actively
demanding to the EPRDF authorities to release all students, Professor Mesfin, Dr. Berhanu and all
political prisoners that have been detained by EPRDF's security forces and to respect human rights.
The San Jose Ethiopian Americans have taken one step a head and drew the most prominent
American politician's attention. The Honorable Congressman Mike Honda (District 15 California)
addressed the issue of human rights violation in Ethiopia, yesterday May 17, 2001.
He gave a speech in the U.S. House of Representatives expressing his concern about the latest act
of brutality against AAU students, the arrests of the peaceful students, human rights activists and
scholars. He expressed his concern about the use of force by government police force and the
killing of many students.
He stressed that he is following the situation in Ethiopia very closely and he will issue further actions
to arrest the deterioration of civil liberties in Ethiopia.
His letter to the President Bush and the concerned body will be available in the coming days.
This is the most outstanding job, which should be mimicked by all of us.