Ethiopia to join Nigeria and Uganda in furthering anti-gay legislationAround the World, Online Only, Top Highlights Friday, March 21st, 2014
LGBTQNation.com is reporting that Ethiopia, the most populous landlocked nation in the world with 93 million people, has created legislation that would make same-sex acts an unpardonable 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 with other offenses as a non-pardonable.
The act, which is widely expected to pass and be signed into law, would add same-sex acts to a list of other punishable offenses including rape, human trafficking, terrorism, corruption and smuggling.
Currently, Ethiopia, located on the horn of Africa, sentences same-sex acts, which are illegal, with up to 15 years in prison. But this new measure would reinforce what is already an extremely dangerous environment for the LGBT community.
“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.”
The blogger, who remains anonymous for obvious reasons also reported that “the Addis Ababa Administration Youth Forum declared its plan to hold a two thousand-strong anti-Sodomite demonstration in the capital Addis Ababa. The word sodomy, in homophobic Ethiopia, is also misinterpreted for homosexuality. The homosexual rapes, pedophilia offenses and all other sins of the Sodomites are tightly associated with same-sex relationships.”
Currently, 82 countries have outlawed homosexuality, the majority of them in Africa. Those countries include: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi (enforcement of law suspended), Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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