IE SOGI refers to the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
Article 629 of the Penal Code of Ethiopia outlaws both male and female same-sex sexual activity. Although the law is rarely enforced, it contributes to the pervasive anti-LGBTIQ sentiment in the country. LGBTIQ people face social stigmatization, violence, harassment, and discrimination at the hands of government officials and private citizens. Christian and Muslim groups hold significant political and social influence and many actively campaign against recognition of the human rights of LGBTIQ people, thus also reinforcing public perceptions that LGBTIQ identities are a sinful choice.