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Ethiopia plan to make gay sex a non-pardonable crime

Lawmakers want to pass a law to equate gay sex with other offenses such as terrorism, human-trafficking and rape
Ethiopia plans to make gay sex a non-pardonable offense
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Ethiopian officials are planning to follow in the footsteps of countries like Nigeria and Uganda by introducing harsher anti-gay laws.

A proposed law would make same-sex acts a non-pardonable crime in the African country.

The act would change Ethiopia’s Pardon and Amnesty Law by grouping gay sex alongside other non-pardonable offenses such as corruption, human-trafficking, smuggling, rape and terrorism.

LGBTQnation reports last week Ethiopia’s council of ministers approved the act, and fear when the bill is presented at Parliament next week it will be signed into law because of this endorsement.

‘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.’

A spokesperson for equal rights group Rainbow Ethiopia spoke about how the law is attempting to copy the notorious anti-gay laws of other African countries.

‘Ethiopia has already very harsh anti-LGBT laws, including a 25 year imprisonment for anyone infecting another person with HIV during same-sex acts’ they said.

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

This proposed act would heighten anti-gay laws which are already in place.

Under Ethiopia’s anti-advocacy law, charities and NGOs which receive more than 10 per cent of their funding from abroad are not allowed to partake in any event promoting equality.

Currently, the sentence for same-sex acts in Ethiopia is up to 15 years in prison.
 

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