Terri Rupar writes today in the Washington Post: Another African country is expected to pass an anti-gay law…
Ethiopia’s legislature is expected to pass a bill that would take away the president’s ability to pardon people convicted under laws banning homosexual acts, the Associated Press reports. The move comes on the heels of the passage of harsh anti-gay laws in Uganda and Nigeria that drew condemnation from around the world.
Same-sex acts were already illegal in Ethiopia, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. But during the Ethiopian New Year, the president often pardons thousands of prisoners, the AP said. The new law, endorsed last week by the Cabinet, would take away his ability to pardon people convicted under anti-homosexuality laws.
When Uganda enacted its law last month, the Ethiopian minister for women, children and youth affairs sent out a tweet that seemed to criticize it. Subsequent tweets disowned the sentiment, and her Twitter account is no longer active.
The Peace Corps has a policy that states:
What is the likelihood of an LGBTQ applicant being placed in a country where homosexual activity is criminalized?
While Volunteers can indicate what region they would like to be placed in, placements are made based on a number of factors, including country need and applicant skills. LGBTQ Volunteers have served successfully abroad, including in countries where homosexual activity is illegal. Before accepting an invitation to serve in a particular country, potential Volunteers may speak with Peace Corps staff and/or returned Peace Corps Volunteers about the potential challenges.