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Iranian man sentenced to having his eyes gouged out, right ear and nose cut off after hurling acid in young girl’s face, court rules

Perpetrator will also have an ear and his nose cut off, opposition group says. President Hassan Rohani won a surprise election last year, after pledging more openness with the West. But an increased use of the death penalty has dashed hopes the country’s will improve its human rights record, the UN said. An Iranian man who poured acid on a young girl’s face should be punished by having his eyes gouged out and his right ear and nose cut off, an Iranian court ruled, according to an opposition group. The group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said the man was convicted last October of intentionally attacking the girl with acid, causing her to lose her eyesight and right ear. Last month, another Iranian man was condemned to have one hand and one foot cut off as punishment for an unspecified crime, the state-run Mehr news agency reported. The national council said that Iran’s high court has publicly defended cutting off body parts and removing eyes as part of the country’s judicial system. At least 80 people and perhaps as many as 95 have been executed in Iran this year, a surge in the use of the death penalty that has dampened hopes for human rights reforms under President Hassan Rohani, the United Nations said last month. Rohani, who won a surprise election last year on a platform of more openness with the West, clinched an interim deal in November with world powers over Iran’s nuclear program. In September, dozens of political prisoners were released, raising hopes that he would also improve human rights. “There were some encouraging signs last year where political prisoners were released … But it appears at least in the past seven weeks that in fact executions have been scaled up,” UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a news briefing. “We regret that the new government has not changed its approach to the death penalty and continues to impose capital punishment for a wide range of offences. We urge the government to immediately halt executions and to institute a moratorium.” Last year Iran executed between 500 and 625 people, including at least 28 women and two juveniles, Shamdasani said. Reuters

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District, traders feud over building

An association of traders in Nyabugogo is embroiled in a bitter wrangle with Nyarugenge District over ownership of a commercial building located at a bus terminal. The commercial building located at the Nyabugogo bus terminal. John Mbanda. The traders, under their cooperative Twubake Nyabugogo, are threatening to drag the district to court to seek legal redress. They claim that 86 businessmen raised Rwf180 million to construct the building on the district land in 1997, which the district wants to grab. In an agreement signed in 1998, the parties agreed that each tenant would pay monthly district dues of Rwf 8,000 for cleaning the premises with provision to revise the charges after ten years. The agreement, a copy of which was seen by this paper, was signed between Eugene Rugambage, the then district Bourgmestre (mayor) and different traders who had contributed to the construction of the commercial building. However, trouble started after the district asked the traders to pay monthly rent of Rwf885,000 effective February 1, 2014, making traders to wonder how they can pay rent for their own structure. The cooperative president, Fredric Karangwa, said what they need is ownership of the building and they are ready to drag the district to court. “Our cooperative is recognised by government and we have all the documents confirming ownership of  the building,” he said, adding that no tenant will pay rent. He added that members were surprised after learning that the district indirectly registered the building under its name. Laurent Bugabo, the cooperative’s lawyer, said he had given the district up to 30 days to respond to the traders’ concerns or face court action. Over 500 traders operate in the structure. However, when contacted, Nyarugenge District mayor Solange Mukasonga insisted the building under contention belongs to the district. “We have never signed any agreement with the cooperative over that building. It is the district that owns the building and they are free to go to court,” she said. Augustine Hitiyaremye, a trader  operating a bookshop in the building, said the rent was very high. “It is unfair, most of these people own small businesses like hair salons, some just sell shoes.  You cannot ask such people to pay that amount of money unless they want us to close our businesses and go back to villages,” he said. By Eric Kabeera,The New Times

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President Museveni’s speech at Anti-gay Bill signing

President Yoweri Museveni has justified his signing of the Anti-homosexuality Bill into law. The President said homosexuals must be punished harshly in order to defend the society from disorientation. “Since nurture is the main cause of homosexuality, then society can do something about it to discourage the...

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Museveni signs Uganda anti-gay bill

Uganda’s leader has signed into law a bill toughening penalties for gay people but without a clause criminalising those who do not...

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Algeria’s Bouteflika to seek fourth presidential term

Algeria’s president, who has not publicly addressed the country for nearly three years, will be running for a fourth term in April. President Bouteflika casts his ballot in local elections in November 2012 Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 76, suffered a stroke last year and critics say he is still too ill to govern. His candidature was announced by Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal. “Even if he has not completely recovered physically, I can assure you he is in possession of all his mental and intellectual faculties,” he said. Algeria has the largest land area of any African state, is rich in oil and gas, and under President Bouteflika has been an ally of the US. The president, in power since 1999, is one of the few remaining veterans of the war of independence against France. He is credited by his supporters with curbing a brutal insurgency by Islamist extremists and restoring economic stability. But he has had persistent health problems and his rule has recently been dogged by corruption scandals implicating members of his inner circle. Despite regular elections, power in Algeria remains in the hands of a small group of military and intelligence leaders. The question of whether Mr Bouteflika would seek re-election has dominated Algerian politics in recent months, with normally concealed differences between senior party and military officials emerging in public. This month, a retired senior general urged him to step down “with dignity” and not stand for re-election. One opposition figure called on the president to publish his medical records before seeking office again. Mr Bouteflika has appeared only rarely on television and always in a wheelchair since returning from a four-month convalescence in Paris after his stroke. He appears to have limited movement on one side of his body. Despite his illness, correspondents say he is still likely to win the 17 April election. His National Liberation Front party has ruled Algeria for nearly three decades and opposition political groups are weak. Agencies

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600m/- collected at MNH fundraiser

President Jakaya Kikwete on Saturday night led a fundraising ceremony in which 600m/- was collected for purchase of modern medical equipment for paediatric ward at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in Dar es Salaam. President Jakaya Kikwete speaks during the fundraising ...

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President Museveni to sign Anti-homosexuality Bill

President Yoweri Museveni will on today sign the anti-homosexuality bill into law, deputy NRM spokesman Ofwono Opondo has revealed. “The president is signing the anti-homosexuality bill today at 11. He wants to sign it with the full witness of the international media to demonstrate Uganda’s independence in the face of Western pressure and provocation,” Opondo told Reuters. Parliament passed the Bill which proposes life imprisonment for homosexual acts on Dec 20, 2013. A proposal for a 14-year-sentence for those convicted for homosexual acts, which the bill criminalises, was rejected by Members of Parliament who instead maintained the life imprisonment proposal. However, Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi said there would be further “consultations” on part of the government. A group of Ugandan scientists from Makerere University including Dr. Sylvester Onzivua – Senior Pathologist, Mulago Hospital,  Prof. Seggane Musisi – Professor of Psychiatry at Makerere, Assoc. Prof. Eugene Kinyanda – Senior Research Scientist, Medical Research Council, Dr. David Basangwa – Director, Butabika Hospital and Dr. Misaki Wayengera – Geneticist, Makerere, made a presentation to the NRM caucus two weeks ago. The report revealed that there was no definitive gene responsible for homosexuality but that the practice was merely an abnormal behaviour which may be learned through experiences in life. The New Vision

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