DLA Piper is lobbying on behalf of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and his Ethiopian government on Capitol Hill. For a minimum of $50,000 a month, DLA lobbyists are urging Congress not to sanction the country for human rights violations. It's a bold move, given that Zenawi's violent crackdown on protesters following contested national elections in 2005 was strongly condemned by human rights advocates. A bill pending in Congress would withhold $1.5 million in military aid and place other sanctions on Ethiopia.
DLA Piper Pleads Ethiopia's Case Against Human Rights Sanctions
The American Lawyer
July 3, 2008