Addis Ababa - Lawmakers in Ethiopia are set to pass a bill that puts homosexuality on a list of offences considered “non-pardonable” under the country's amnesty law.
The measure, endorsed last week by Ethiopia's Council of Ministers, is widely expected to pass when it is put to a vote next week.
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.