18 April 2018

Ethiopia: The HR128 U.S. Congress Saga

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The United States has expressed concern about human rights in Ethiopia.
opinion

PART III

What these mercenary men do not know or do not want to know however, is that here in Ethiopia, there is a tradition where all people live understanding each others' language, culture, religion and tradition. However, these mercenary are full of hatred and are racists, bigots and ethno-centrists; therefore, they do not possess peace internally and consequently; they are dominated by fear, hate, mischief, sorrow and many other wrongful characters.

These negative acts revolve around them and they become internally and mentally sick. Further, since they are not peaceful externally, they are less tolerant and they have developed aggressive behavior and aggressive act such as violence both verbal and physical. As a result, they not only become major instigators for both human as well as material damages and destruction but they also become causes for instability, lawlessness and anarchy. That is the real character of those toxic Diasporas who instigate HR128 a year ago and become successful in wrongly convincing the member of congress to table HR128 and punish Ethiopia.

I believe all nations must learn a lesson or two from that untimely and unwise decision and be very careful not to be associated with such sick people. Instead, they should focus and work hard in order to fight poverty, eliminate conflicts and wars, guarantee prosperity and most importantly preserve and retain peace in a country. We are living in the 21st century Ethiopia and Ethiopia has a constitution. The constitution of the nation puts all Nations, Nationalities and Peoples on equal footings and safeguards their rights and respon sibilities.

Further, the constitution creates unity in diversity and recognizes and respects the over eighty-five ethic groups in Ethiopia with the same status. Since Diasporas by and large reside in countries like the US with rich experience in tolerance, dialogue and other similar peaceful conflict resolution mechanisms and since they live and experience those norms, they are best suited to contribute their experiences to their country of origin.

They can play a significant role in promoting those values and norms to the society with less experience in that regard. In other words, they must help in transferring those peaceful values that they take for granted in places where they reside and the achievements gained as a result; as opposed to advocating violence and other illegal activities in order to achieve personal, group or institutional goals. Diaspora's gift for their country of origin should therefore primarily focus on promoting peace, stability and sustainable development and certainly not violence, anarchy and lawlessness.

Unlike what is claimed by the HR128 congress report, it has been over twenty-five years now that the Ethiopian people began to enjoy peace, democracy and good governance and focus on sustainable development in order to get rid of another chronic envy: Poverty and under development. The country has been going on the right track since this government came to power and most importantly, the people lived in peace and harmony. Violence and anarchy has been an issue of the past and people focused on development, investment, education and training in order to put their nation forward.

All these, they realized can only be achieved if there is peace. They also realize that all the achievements they accomplished can only be sustainable in the absence of violence and in the presence of peace, democracy and good governance. The Ethiopian people do very much want to maintain and safeguard their achievements over the years gained through hard fought struggle and immense sacrifice. They definitely do not want to give up and loose to some mercenaries who would like to take them back to the old and archaic mentality.

Democratization, good governance and sustainable development are matters of survival and not of choice for the public at large; therefore, they are here to stay and never to be hijacked by some fundamentalists and extremists from within the toxic Diasporas.

The important achievements of the Ethiopian people have been safeguarded by the constitution of the land that explicitly recognizes equality of citizens. Tolerance as part and parcel of the Ethiopian culture has been instrumental to and a binding factor of the Ethiopian social and/or communal relationships. In other words, tolerance is a symbol of Ethiopianess. This binding factor has helped Ethiopians to share joy and jubilation together as a people during good times and console each other as a people during difficult times and that, despite their religious, linguistic or any other differences. It further helped Ethiopians fulfill their citizenship rights and responsibilities jointly and helped create a sense of belongingness and love and respect for fellow Ethiopians on the one hand and for the motherland on the other. It can be argued that within the Ethiopian context, tolerance, love and respect for a fellow citizen takes precedence and is given a paramount importance despite religious, linguistic or any other differences. This cultural trait that has been transcended from generation to generation is a solid expression of the Ethiopian way of life.

Anyone, individual or group that may try to bring to this country the real problem of extremism, terrorism and xenophobic agenda under the banner of fundamentalism to infiltrate this highly embedded culture and to create a division amongst the Ethiopian people simply to advance hidden agenda better read the history of the Ethiopian people. Those who tried failed time and again rather defectively and those who have a propensity to try are doomed to fail.

In our era of globalization, nations are getting closer and closer for shared experience and for shared prosperity. Nations are also caring more and more for each other as they have realized that they all live in the same world and thus have to look after each other and not hate each other.

Therefore, the American congress should have realized that Ethiopia is progressing in every field and US's collaboration and contribution in that regard is vital. The issue, expression and state of democracy is relative.

Different governments exercise acceptable democratic state and thus, they are considered Civilized Demo cratic Republic. That means there is no such perfect democracy anywhere. On the other hand however, this does not mean that governments and alike do not have to strive to achieve what is considered basic, fundamental, accep table, reliable and that encom passes and fulfills standard and civilized democratic norms and citizenship rights to their people as much as possible.

Since the downfall of the former dictatorial military regime and despite internal as well as external provocations and conspiracies, Ethiopia continues to maintain agreeable and relative peace, stability and embark on civilized norms and values of democratization, good governance and sustainable development.

Although those norms and values can take long time to be fully implemented, from the very outset, the Ethiopian government formulated a constitution that guarantees equality for all Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of the nation. The constitution guar antees freedom of speech, expression in all aspects, ways and means unlike the negative comments of the HR128.

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