Gays are persecuted in Uganda, but that country's health ministry that homosexuality is unlikely to be decriminalized "in the near future," although any person "can access any type of services regardless of their sexual orientation." More than two dozen gay and lesbian Ethiopians interviewed by Ethiopia employs a "two-pronged strategy that results in a climate of fear and self-censorship," said Leslie Lefkow, Human Rights Watch's deputy director, Africa division. and other governments give huge amounts of aid to Ethiopia while remaining tight-lipped about the extensive violations of human rights happening throughout the country," said Claire Beston, Amnesty International's Ethiopia researcher. But, while Ethiopia prohibits foreign LGBT-related activism, it welcomes international religious groups that preach homophobia. A representative from the Ethiopian Inter-Religious Council Against Homosexuality announced that the council was making "promising" progress in convincing the government to introduce the death penalty to punish "homosexual acts." United for Life Ethiopia's president, Seyoum Antonius, has made it clear that he won't quit anti-gay advocacy until Ethiopia adopts the death penalty.
"The government has effectively closed off the country in terms of independent investigation. Frankly, it's shocking."Lefkow said HRW, one of the few organizations that once researched human rights issues in Ethiopia, has found it "increasingly challenging" to do such work, since it would involve sneaking in undercover workers. Aaron Jensen, a spokesman for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U. Thus, "religion is used as proxy for discrimination," explains Ty Cobb, director of Global Engagement at the Human Rights Campaign, by groups who "couch hateful rhetoric in faith-based terms."Last year's anti-gay conference and others like it are organized and funded by United for Life Ethiopia, an organization that receives funding from the U. One of his rallying cries is, "Africa will become a graveyard for homosexuality!
This is the reality of what it means to be gay in Ethiopia., 97 percent of Ethiopians think homosexuality should be outlawed.
Unlike Mauritania, Sudan, and Northern Nigeria, Ethiopia doesn't mandate the death penalty for same-sex sexual acts, but thanks to draconian laws that forbid activism while allowing Western evangelicals to promote homophobia, Ethiopia is on track to join their ranks.
He misses the family and friends who've abandoned him, but says it's his life's dream to start an Ethiopian LGBT organization.