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UN Donates $16 Million To Zimbabwe Relief Fund For Flood Victims

The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) donated to Zimbabwe government an amount of $16 million to assist more than 32,000 flood victims in the country in addition to the earlier allocated $82 million in 2016. The country was hit by worst drought last year and more than four million people in rural parts were affected. United Nations resident ...

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Displaced Nigerian In Banki Following Boko Haram’s Raids Receives UN Aids

UN has started delivering food to displaced people in Banki in the Kano state of Nigeria where hundreds have starved to death since March this year due to deadly raids by Boko Haram Islamists group. A press statement released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reveal thirty tonnes of lifesaving food items have been delivered ...

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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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Rwandan varsities challenged to promote home based solutions

Institutions of higher learning in the country have been challenged to be at the forefront of devising home-based solutions to local problems. The call was made yesterday by Sharon Haba, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education, while opening a half-day information sharing workshop organised by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), an advocacy under the United Nations. SDSN works to build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to finish the job of ending extreme poverty through partnership with Universities and other knowledge institutions around the world. “This network should inspire you to come out with works and products that offer solutions to our societies,” Haba said. She expressed optimism that the network (SDSN) will help the country achieve its national development targets spelt out under the second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS2) agenda and Vision 2020. “The initiation of this network is timely as debates are advancing on post 2015, the year of wrapping up the MDGs campaign,” Haba pointed out. She also expressed optimism that the initiative will play a crucial role in poverty eradication. “More initiatives seeking solutions to poverty and sustainable development are welcome,” the PS added. Eve de la Mothe Karoubi,  the SDSN manager, pointed out that the initiative works with a network of universities, research centres, and other knowledge institutions to promote solutions initiatives, and contribute to setting the post-2015 agenda . “A lot was achieved in sectors like health, educations as far as MDG’s are concerned, but areas like environment were not given much attention. So one of our objectives is to build on what would be left incomplete.” She added that the initiative champions economic development, social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and good governance. SDSN has a presence in about 40 countries around the world. By Ivan Ngoboka,The New Times

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EU Parliament launches Kwibuka20

The Rwandan Embassy in Brussels, Belgium and the European Parliament, on Wednesday, launched the 20th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi. Speaking at the function, Louis Michel, who represented the European Parliament, highlighted Rwanda’s remarkable economic and social recovery over the past 20 years and commended the resilience of Rwandans. “The progress made in the last 20  years with a 7.8 per cent GDP growth in 2013 is extra-ordinary,” Michel said. Ibuka representative Emile Kagambage pointed out the need to fight Genocide denial. Ibuka is the umbrella of Genocide survivors associations. Former Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the UN, Karel Kovanda, explained how the UN failed to respond adequately when the first signs of the Genocide emerged. Amb. Masozera stressed the principles of Kwibuka20 –  “Remember, Unite, Renew” initiative, which aims to recognise the resilience of Rwandans and convey a positive vision for the future. “We are counting on everyone’s participation in the different events to be held in the country,” he said. The event was attended by over  150 people,  including Members of the European Parliament, senior officials from the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Commission, national diplomats, members of the press corps, NGOs, Belgian officials, academics and members of the Rwandese Diaspora in Belgium. By James Karuhanga,The New Times

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Police, UPDF ‘top violators’ of human rights

A new report has named the police as the lead violators of human rights in Uganda. They are closely followed by the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF), including the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), in second place. According to the new report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released Thursday at the Kampala Golf Course Hotel, the security agents top the violators of human rights in the country. Out of the 909 complaints received by the OHCHR from January 2012 to September 2013, 590 were against the security agents, with the Uganda Police Forces topping the charts with 287 complaints. The UPDF, together with CMI had 266 complaints against them. Thirty seven complaints were against the Uganda Prisons Service. The complaints ranged from among others, torture, detention without trial, trial of civilians by the court Martial, and violations of the rights to freedoms of expression, assembly, and association. The Police forces were quoted mainly in arresting people unlawfully, violating people’s freedoms of expression, assembly and association, and in torture. However, when contacted, the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Ibin Ssenkumbi, reiterated it was wrong for the researchers to compare the forces with the other government organs. “It is wrong to compare the Police with other organs. It is a mistake. We have a different mandate. And we work differently,” he said. He said the role of the police is to enforce the law, and not to request people to obey the law. By John Agaba, The New Vision

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UN mission to visit DR Congo ‘massacre’ site

A UN team is due to visit the site of alleged mass killings in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The move comes after the UN mission in the country (Monusco) told the BBC its reconnaissance flight had discovered three villages burnt to the ground. It says it believed more than 70 people had been summarily executed in late January and early February. A UN force has increased its presence in the area after the defeat of the M23 rebel group last November. ‘Spreading terror’ “We were able to carry out a reconnaissance flight in the afternoon, and we were able to observe from the air that three villages had been burnt,” Monusco’s Ray Torres told the BBC on Thursday. “We were not able to send yet any of our staff to the locations to verify, but we will be doing that tomorrow. ” The UN mission said the killings were mainly committed in North Kivu province to spread terror. Most of the victims were killed with machetes, it added. More than 40 armed groups are known to operate in the region, and at least four of them are believed to pose a significant threat. Eastern DR Congo has suffered from two decades of violence linked to ethnic rivalries and competition for the control of the area’s mineral resources, leaving an estimated five million people dead. The unrest began when some of the ethnic Hutu militants accused of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda fled into DR Congo. Rwanda has consistently denied repeated accusations from the UN that it backed the M23 rebels, whose uprising in North Kivu forced about 800,000 people from their homes. BBC

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