Ethiopia: Online death threats against LGBT people

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An article in the online news site Bikyanews.com sounded optimistic: Under the headline “A better Ethiopia for gay people,” it told of a young gay accountant in Ethiopia whose success at work created an impression that Ethiopians were becoming more accepting of the gay community.

But his life outside the office was so difficult that it was clear that that headline about “a better Ethiopia” was overly optimistic. The article soon attracted  online commenters whose violent remarks dissolved any remaining optimism.

In response, Biyanews.com reported, “A number of comments and angry emails have been flowing in that call for the death of Ethiopia’s small lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.” For example:

  • “kill them all these rubbish people. the country never allowed this kind of community.”
  • “Our community dont tolerate such disgusting practice, if you want to be a gay then please leave our country.”

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