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File #: 0178X-2022    Version: 1
Type: Ceremonial Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 9/14/2022 In control: Barroso de Padilla
On agenda: 9/19/2022 Final action: 9/21/2022
Title: To acknowledge and support the peace efforts to stop human rights abuses in Ethiopia and encourages Congress to pass the Ethiopia Peace and Stabilization Act of 2022
Sponsors: Lourdes Barroso De Padilla, Nicholas Bankston, Elizabeth Brown, Rob Dorans, Shayla Favor, Emmanuel V. Remy, Shannon G. Hardin
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To acknowledge and support the peace efforts to stop human rights abuses in Ethiopia and encourages Congress to pass the Ethiopia Peace and Stabilization Act of 2022

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WHEREAS, Columbus City Council calls on the Government of Ethiopia, the Regional Government of Tigray, and others in the conflict in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia to cease all hostilities and protect human rights; and

WHEREAS, on November 4, 2020, after months of tensions between Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the leaders of Tigray, Ethiopia’s northernmost region, war broke out when the federal government ordered a military offensive into Tigray; and

WHEREAS, the ongoing war has devastated communities in Ethiopia, particularly the Tigray region; and

WHEREAS, this conflict has resulted in physical and sexual violence, famine, ethnic cleansing, mass arrests and the displacement of approximately 2 million Tigrayans; and

WHEREAS, a joint report between Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch as well as a joint report between the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission have all documented the ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Tigrayans; and

WHEREAS, on June 10, 2021, the then-United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator issued a report declaring 350,000 people in Tigray were living in man-made “famine conditions”; and

WHEREAS, a Ghent University research team estimated that up to 500,000 people in Tigray may have died due to government-imposed restrictions on food and medicine; and

WHEREAS, a bipartisan group of legislators, including US Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representative Michael McCaul, ranking member of the House Foreign Relations Committee, have labeled the actions taken against Tigrayans as “genocide”; and

WHEREAS, the City of Columbus supports the passage of HR 6600...

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