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Ethiopia proposes to make homosexual acts a non-pardonable offense

DAN LITTAUER | Special to LGBTQ Nation

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Lawmakers in Ethiopia are expected to pass into law a bill that would make same-sex acts a non-pardonable offense.

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Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers last week endorsed the measure that would amend the country’s Pardon and Amnesty Law that lists homosexuality along other offenses as a non-pardonable.

According to local sources, a vote will be called upon bill in parliament as early as next week, and normally bills endorsed by the Council are passed.

The bill aims to curb the president’s power to pardon prisoners who committed certain “crimes,” including those imprisoned for homosexuality acts. Other offenses included in the list are corruption, human-trafficking, smuggling, rape and terrorism.

Ethiopia’s Minister of State Getachew Bedane urged a quick vote.

“The decision to include homosexuality in this bill is simply pure ignorance on the part of the government,” said one Ethiopian gay rights activist and blogger. “The rest of the world is decriminalizing homosexuality … because it is now being realized that sexual orientation is a basic human right too. It’s deeply troubling to see Ethiopia opting out of this global consciousness.”

In Ethiopia, same-sex acts are illegal and punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Under its anti-advocacy law, charities and nongovernmental organizations that receive more than 10 percent of their funding from abroad are prohibited from participating in activities that advance human rights and the promotion of equality.
Collectively, the laws create a dangerous environment for LGBT Ethiopians to be open about their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Ethiopia has already very harsh anti-LGBT laws, including a 25 year imprisonment for anyone infecting another person with HIV during same-sex acts,” said a spokesperson for the advocacy group Rainbow Ethiopia, who could not be identified for fear of his family’s safety.

“The situation, however, is getting worse as it seems the government is trying to its emulate Nigeria’s and Uganda’s anti-gay laws,” he said

1 Comment

  1. sodomites are messed up by the devil that they live a contradictory life.

    sodomites want their own family and go to great lengths to adopt children which they themselves cannot have, and whom they pervert and teach as if sodomism is a normal practise.

    sodomites messe up society and the family unity that God created and at the same time they also want to have a family. some buy eggs from women so that they can have babies. why do sodomites have to do it in the unnatural way if they want a family.

    their sexual practice is also perverted. lesbians use plastic penis to penetrate each other. why don’t they get married to a man and have sex in the normal way. This is just perversion/fornication and sexual lust of the flesh in the most filthy and disgusting manner.

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