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Ethiopia proposes to make homosexuality ‘non-pardonable’ offence

Bill expected to pass in upcoming vote

Ethiopian lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill that would list homosexuality as an offence that will no longer be subject to a presidential pardon. Credit: ertagov.com

Ethiopian lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill that would list homosexuality as an offence for which those convicted will not be pardoned, The Associated Press (AP) reports.

Same-sex relations are criminalized in the African country, with offenders facing up to 15 years in prison, while those convicted of infecting another person with HIV through same-sex sexual intercourse could be sentenced to a 25-year prison term, the report adds.

AP quotes the head of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission as saying that the bill is not detrimental to gay people and that a pardon is a privilege, not a right.