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Update on SMNE Forum in Washington DC

“Breaking the Silence on Genocide, Tyranny
and Dictatorship in Ethiopia”

Sunday, July 26, 2009, 2:00 to 5:00 PM, at the Washington D.C. Marriott

Opening Statement
Obang Metho, Executive Director of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia

“Evidence of Genocide for the ICC”
Documentary short film of Anuak genocide, produced by the SMNE

Why Does the Anuak Massacre Meet the Definition of Genocide?
Dr. Gregory Stanton, President of Genocide Watch and Head of the International Campaign to End Genocide

The Unchanging Harvest of Dictatorship
Short film clip

What is the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia?
Mr. Ahmed Hussein, SMNE Steering Committee Member

Why Fight Corruption?
Ms. Lemlem Tsegaw, SMNE Steering Committee Member

How Can Africans Free Africa from Dictatorship and Corruption?
Dr. George Ayittey, Professor, Distinguished economist and President of Free Africa Foundation

The Legal Case of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity in Ethiopia
Dr. Paul Williams, PhD, Attorney & Executive Director of Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG)—the law firm handling the human rights case involving the Anuak genocide

Panel Discussion: Q & A to the speakers from the audience

Dr. Gregory Stanton is the founder and president of Genocide Watch, the director of the Cambodian Genocide Project, and is the founder (1999) and Chair of the International Campaign to End Genocide. He is the President (2007-2009) of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. When he worked at the State Department, he drafted the United Nation Security Council resolutions that created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  He also has been deeply involved in the U.N. Cambodian government negotiations that brought about the creation of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal that just recently succeeded, after over 20 years of work, in bringing the perpetrators to justice.  Most Ethiopians now know about Dr. Greg Stanton since he wrote a letter to the United Nation High Commissioner of Human Rights to request an investigation into the pattern of gross human rights violations in Ethiopia and stated that the massacre of the Anuak in December of 2003 by the Ethiopian military and civilian militias, met the definition of genocide.  He will discuss why this case meets the definition of genocide and crimes against humanity and how to make sure that those complicit in these crimes and other mass killings like in Awassa, in the Ogaden, in Oromia, in Afar, in Addis Ababa, in Benishangul-Gumuz and in other regions of the country are held accountable.

Ahmed Hussein is an executive member of the steering committee of the SMNE.  He will elaborate on the principles of the SMNE and how to apply them in reversing  the ethnic policies of ethnic federalism that have led Ethiopians to become increasingly more divided and alienated from each other; something that  is now threatening the survival of Ethiopia as a nation.

Lemlem Tsegaw is an executive member of the steering committee of the SMNE.  She comes from a background in public administration and has delved into the issue of corruption in Ethiopia.  She will be talking about how it is imperative to fight the corruption in Ethiopia in order to move ahead as a society. 

Dr. George Ayittey is a renowned Ghanaian scholar, activist, and author of Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa’s Future. He is the founder and president of the Free Africa Foundation and a professor in residence at American University in Washington D.C. He has spoken widely on the view that “Africa is poor because she is not free.” He has been named to Foreign Policy’s 2008  list of the World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals.  On this day, he will speak to Ethiopians about what we and other Africans can learn from Ghana and how Africans must work together to address this crisis in the continent caused by dictators who set up what he calls “vampire states” that suck the blood from the people.  He will speak about the destruction Meles Zenawi has inflicted on Ethiopia and some ways to stop tyrannical regimes.

Dr. Paul Williams is co-founder and Executive Director of Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG). Since 1995 PILPG has provided pro bono legal assistance to states and governments involved in peace negotiations, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and prosecuting war criminals. In 2005, Dr. Williams, as Executive Director of PILPG, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by half a dozen of his pro bono government clients. Dr. Williams has authored four books on topics of international human rights, international environmental law and international norms of justice, and over two dozen articles on a wide variety of public international law topics. Paul Williams and PILPG are the lawyers working on the Anuak case.  He will provide an update of the case and an overview of what they do.

Obang Metho:: The meeting will be moderated by Obang Metho, the Executive Director of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) who  will provide a summary at the end of the forum and next steps to be taken like the upcoming March to Stop Genocide and Dictatorship in Ethiopia/Africa scheduled for September 3, 2009.  He will encourage Ethiopians and Africans that if we really want true change, peace and security, that Africans must be in charge, guided by the principles of putting humanity before ethnicity and working for the benefit of all for “no one will be free until all are free.”  He will elaborate on how to be in charge of our destiny and our future.

“Breaking the Silence on Genocide, Tyranny and Corruption in Ethiopia”
Washington Marriott, 1221 22nd Street NW, DC20037
Sunday, July 26, 2009
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Anyone who cares about stopping genocide, injustice and the misery of Ethiopians and Africans will benefit from listening to these scholars and human rights activists.
Admission will be $20 per person to cover the costs of hosting this event. 

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