Summary: H.R.588 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/08/1987)

Promotion of Democracy in Ethiopia Act of 1987 - Declares U.S. policy: (1) regarding human rights and opportunities; (2) condemning the resettlement program and human rights abuses in Ethiopia; (3) calling for human and civil rights and for free elections in Ethiopia; and (4) supporting democratic resistance forces in Ethiopia.

Requires such sanctions imposed by this Act against Ethiopia to terminate if the President certifies to the Congress that Ethiopia: (1) respects the human rights of its people; (2) has granted basic civil rights to its people; (3) has terminated and dismantled its resettlement program; (4) has freed all political prisoners; (5) has established a legal system that assures the participation of all its people; and (6) has held or scheduled free and fair elections. Directs the President to report to the Congress every six months on the progress Ethiopia has made in meeting such conditions.

Prohibits coffee imports from Ethiopia.

Prohibits any U.S. national: (1) from making a loan or extending credit to Ethiopia or to any organization owned or controlled by Ethiopia; and (2) from making any new investment in Ethiopia. Exempts from such prohibitions loans and investments made before enactment of this Act.

Prohibits Ethiopia from receiving nondiscriminatory (most-favored-nation) trade treatment.

Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to instruct the U.S. Executive Director to each of the relevant international financial institutions to oppose furnishing aid to Ethiopia.

Provides for enforcement of this Act. Imposes penalties for violations of this Act.