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Star Tribune: Minnesota lawmakers ask Obama to address human rights issues during Africa visit

Before President Obama left Thursday for his visits to Kenya and Ethiopia Minnesota lawmakers urged him in a letter to prioritize human rights on the trip.

“Minnesota is home to a large Ethiopian and Somali diaspora that adds rich cultural diversity to our state,” the letter states. “We are proud to represent them and ask that when you visit Africa you address issues of concern for our Ethiopian and Somali communities.”

The letter is signed by Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum and Tim Walz and Republican Rep. Tom Emmer.

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