Ethiopia Debates Making Homosexuality “Non-Pardonable” Offense | Freedom House

Ethiopia Debates Making Homosexuality “Non-Pardonable” Offense

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As lawmakers in Ethiopia consider legislation that makes homosexuality a “non-pardonable” offense, already punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The bill to make homosexuality an “offense” not subject to amnesty is more evidence of the deplorable repression sweeping across Africa, eroding the human rights of LGBTI persons,” said Chloe Schwenke, vice-president for global programs at Freedom House. “Targeting this vulnerable population smacks of political expediency and distraction from the real challenges facing Africa’s governance – corruption, poor leadership, and declining respect for universal human rights for all.”

Parliament is scheduled to vote on the measure next week.

Ethiopia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom of the Press 2013, and Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more about, Ethiopia, please visit:
Statement: Ethiopia’s EITI Process Needs Larger Role for Civil Society
Freedom in the World 2013: Ethiopia
Freedom of the Press 2013: Ethiopia
Freedom on the Net 2013: Ethiopia
Blog: 10 Positive Developments in Africa in 2013

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