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ETHIOPIA

Male to Male relationships: Not Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of 10 years or more
Female to Female Relationships: Not Legal
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law

Your Views

Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.

Have you experienced homophobia or lesbophobia from your healthcare provider?

The majority of people visiting this site have said No, but I am not out to my doctor

Yes, I have trouble finding a doctor (0 %) Yes, but I was able to find healthcare (33%) No, but I am not out to my doctor (66%) No (0 %)

The ETHIOPIA country survey is populated by LGBTI groups who have acted as liaisons with ILGA to identify issues affecting the LGBTI community.

Organizations were asked to discuss 4 broad subjects: the law, the mood (the social climate), the LGBTI movement as well as what would be, according to them, the most pressing campaign in their country.

Please write to countryreport@ilga.org if you have comments regarding this page.

MOOD
What is the social climate like for LGBTI people in your country?
How is it like to be an LGBTI in schools?
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Are there programs against homophobia at schools?
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Are religious institutions actively campaigning against LGBTI rights?
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Are there religious institutions who welcome LGBTI people?
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Would you say it is easy to come out to your doctor as a gay person?
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Would you say it is easy to come out to your doctor as a lesbian?
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Would you say it is easy to come out to your doctor as a trans person?
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Is discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexual and trans very common in day to day life? Please specify differences between the various communities.
Ethiopia's government took a strong move to ban same-sex relationship even between consensual same sex adult in the criminal and penal code of the country chapter 600/601 from 5-10 years hard imprisonment.
Any acts of showing this behaviour will end in imprisonment with sever corporal punishment and torture.
This in turn violate Ethiopia’s own Constitution and the analogous provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (i.e. articles 2, 3, 11, and 28) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) (i.e. articles 2, 18, 19, 21, 22, and 26).
The legislators called homosexuality an affront to Christianity and Islam. Since, this sexual orientation does not conform to the legendary tale and primitive ideology of ultraconservative society; gays and lesbians of Ethiopia prefer to live hidden behind the curtains with lack of confidence and constant fear. Ethiopia has an ever growing gay and lesbian's population from time to time; the society thinks homosexuality as a western influence (foreign import) and inexcusable sin. Therefore, gays and lesbians of Ethiopia are suffering a lot from the government's hostility. Stigma, violence, discrimination, hatred, disrespect, intimidation, abuse, harassment, negative attitude, economic deprivation social injustice, kangaroo court trial, extra-judicial killing and even worse murder. The refusal of the Ethiopian governments to address violence committed against LGBT people creates a culture of impunity where such abuses can continue and escalate unmitigated. Often, such abuses are committed by the state authorities themselves, with legal sanction.
Human rights abuses based on sexual orientation in Ethiopia violates the fundamental tenets of international human rights law which is signed & ratified by the Ethiopian government; the infliction of torture and cruel inhuman and degrading treatment (Article 5); arbitrary detention on grounds of identity or beliefs (Article 9); the restriction of freedom of association (Article 20) and the denial of the basic rights of due process of law.
In Ethiopia, if some one is discovered or even suspected to be gay, no one will shake his hand; they want you to be burned in the ever-lasting flame. Many gays and lesbians of Ethiopia have committed suicide and flee out of their country in response to this and they still fear for their lives back in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender community based human right organization is established in 2007 on the aim of engaging in the areas of advocacy, relief and development for the sexual minorities of Ethiopian and Ethiopian origin, demanding and safeguarding sexual freedom in Ethiopia.
Is discrimination against gays,lesbians, bisexual and trans very common at work? Please specify differences between the various communities.
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Is hate speech common against gays,lesbians, bisexual and trans? Please specify differences between the various communities.
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Please specify differences between the various communities.
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Are episodes of violences very common against people in the gay community?
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Are episodes of violences very common against people in the lesbian community?
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Are episodes of violences very common against trans individuals?
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How are gays,lesbians,trans people portrayed in the media?
The government is putting obstacles not to give press conference, no gay summit pride parade
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