Ethiopia proposes to make homosexual acts a non-pardonable offense

homo-48280Thursday, March 20, 2014

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

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.

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3 Responses to Ethiopia proposes to make homosexual acts a non-pardonable offense

  1. ትክክል በላቸው

    March 21, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Even though I donot agree with other govenment policies, this is very right move. I truly support the government in this particular issue.

  2. Kibrom Alexive

    March 21, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    The 1st good policy to be passed by this government ever. I stand against same sex act which is damn dangerous for the perpetuation of the generation in Religious conduct.

  3. መስፍን

    March 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    ክዚሀ ምንግስት ጋር አይንና ናጫ ነኝ:: ግን በዚህ ሕግ በጣም እደግፈዋለሁ:: እስኪ ተሳስቶ ኣንኩዋን አንዳንድ ጊዚየም ቢሂን ጥሩ ነገር ይስራ! ይበል ብለናል:: ይኽው ጨለምትኞች አይድለንም; ጥሩ ስትስሩ የምንቃዎማችሁ ስዎችም እንደግፋችሁአለን:: በሉ በነካ እጃችሁ ድንበሩንም ላለመስጠት ወስኑ; ኢትዮጵያዊ ኢትዮጵያዊ ሽተቱ::