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Ethiopia annexed Eritrea in 1962 which caused a 31-year long war against successive Ethiopian governments that ended in 1991. The U.N. brokered peace has been fractured since then but an uneasy peace generally exists. Eritrea's economic future remains mixed. The cessation of Ethiopian trade, which mainly used Eritrean ports before the war, leaves Eritrea with a large economic hole to fill. Homosexual acts are prohibited by law in Eritrea. According to section II of the penal code from 1960 "unnatural carnal offenses" can be punished by internment for between 10 days and 3 years.
Name:Eritrea Population:3850000 Capital:Asmara - Pop. 580000 Area:117600 sq. km. / sq. miles. Language:English (government, schools), local dialects Religion:Coptic Orthodox Christianity and Islam Status of Homosexuality:Illegal Telephone Country Code:291
afrol News, – Eritrean government officials for the first time have answered to rights activists’ questions about the country’s tough anti-homosexuality laws. Legalisation was out of question, the official said. At a recent UN review of the human rights situation in Eritrea, Rowland Jide Macaulay of the Canadian HIV AIDS Legal Network challenged the Eritrean… Read more »
Useful website for LGBT Africa: http://www.mask.org.za/ Also see: More information about Islam & Homosexuality can be found at: www.al-fatiha.org Other articles of interest can be found at: groups.yahoo.com/group/al-fatiha-news Queer Muslim magazine: Huriyah Gay Islam discussion groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/muslimgaymen http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lgbtmuslim http://groups.yahoo.com/group/queerjihad http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bimuslims http://groups.yahoo.com/group/transmuslims http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lesbianmuslims 1 Eritrea: Asmara Military Police arrested 6 gay men in October 11/03 November… Read more »
Asmara,(AFP) — Three Western employees working at a luxury hotel in Asmara were expelled from Eritrea last week over “a question of immorality,” Eritrean Information Minister Ali Abdu Ahmed said Friday. The three employees were expelled and left the country last week because “they exercised immoral activities, which invade our tradition and culture,” Ahmed told… Read more »