Newscast Media ADDIS ABABA—African countries are protecting themselves from
what they believe is the influence of some of the negative aspects of Western
culture, by passing laws that may be offensive to the West.
Ethiopia is now set to pass its own version of the anti-gay bill that was endorsed last
week by the cabinet, and is widely expected to pass when MPs put it to a vote next
In Ethiopia, same-sex acts are illegal and punishable by up to 15 years in prison. A
25-year jail term is also prescribed for anyone convicted of infecting another person
with HIV during same-sex acts.
Ethiopia’s president often pardons thousands of prisoners during the Ethiopian New
Year. If the bill becomes law, the president will lose his power to pardon prisoners
who faced charges ranging from homosexuality to terrorism, according to a report
by ABC News.
It would not be far-fetched to envisage an anti-gay bill taken before the African
Union for a vote, as a way of African leaders demonstrating solidarity toward one