Rainbow-EthiopiaLawmakers in Ethiopia are expected to pass into law a bill that would make same-sex acts a non-pardonable offense. Other anti-gay actions and measures in Ethiopia are inducing a climate of fear and panic among the country’s LGBT community. Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers endorsed the bill last week with parliament expected, according to local activists, to vote it into law as early as next week. The bill aims to curb the president’s power to pardon prisoners who committed certain “crimes,” including those imprisoned for homosexuality acts. Other offenses included in the list are corruption, human-trafficking, smuggling, rape and terrorism. Ethiopia’s Minister of State Getachew Bedane urged a quick vote. 26 year-old Bereket, an Ethiopian gay rights blogger commented on the move: “The decision to include homosexuality in this bill is simply pure ignorance on the part of the government. “The rest of the world is decriminalizing homosexuality not because it wants to or it is the fashionable thing to do, but because it is now being realized that sexual orientation is a basic human right too. “It’s deeply troubling to see Ethiopia opting out of this global consciousness.” MORE