Ethiopia proposes to make homosexual acts a non-pardonable offense

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"Rainbow -Ethiopia" /LGBTQNation
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(LGBTQNation)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.” Read full story on LGBTQNATION…

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