In Summary
  • In 2013 an American couple were jailed for manslaughter for the death of their adoptive Ethiopian daughter two years earlier.
  • Foreign diplomats in Addis Ababa said they hoped adoptions currently underway would not be interrupted.
  • Celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are among those who have adopted children from the east African nation.


Ethiopia's parliament has passed a law banning the adoption of Ethiopian children by foreigners, a government spokesman and diplomats said on Wednesday.

The vote follows an April moratorium on foreign adoptions issued by Ethiopia's government which led to the suspension of dozens of cases, including some of parents who had already completed the legal adoption process.

A spokesman for Ethiopia's ministry of women, children and youth affairs confirmed the passing of the law on Tuesday without providing further details, but local media reports lauded the move claiming foreign adoptions have "opened a door for different crimes against minors."


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