WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights made the following statement after the announced death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
“Whenever death occurs, regardless of the impact a person has made on his or her community, city or even country, it is a time to reflect on how we can collectively pick up the pieces and move forward to bring about change for a positive future.”
“Former Prime Minister Zenawi’s rule was characterized as a great contrast. While he was responsible for ushering in an era of economic growth, promoting peace in Ethiopia and the surrounding region, and expanding health services to the citizens in the country, his tenure was often criticized by the unfair confinement of his people, oppressed media and his failure to embrace human rights and justice for all.
“As a new day rises in Ethiopia, a solid foundation for human rights and continued economic growth is possible, and as new leadership takes hold, it is my sincere hope that Ethiopia and the United States will remain allies on matters of security, but also create a partnership and champion stringent human rights standards in throughout the region.”