Uganda anti-gay death penalty bill reintroduced

originally by: CBS News
published: 7th February 2012

The Ugandan parliamentarian who first introduced an anti-gay bill that carried the death penalty for some homosexual acts reintroduced the bill on Tuesday, raising concerns among rights activists who have been fighting the legislation. Parliamentarian David Bahati first introduced the bill in 2009 but it has never come before the full legislative body for a vote.

Though widely supported in Uganda, the bill’s progress apparently has been slowed by an international outcry against the bill, including condemnation from President Barack Obama. Bahati has said that homosexuality poses a serious threat to family values and that his bill has helped raise public awareness about what he calls “the dangers to our children.”

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Nigerians raise concern over police brutality

Prisoner Appealoriginally by: The Nation
published: 12th October 2011

For many Nigerians, brutalities, extra judicial killings are the hallmarks of police officers, who are supposed to be friends of the people, writes LEKE SALAUDEEN. Mr Ismail Quadri was arrested alive by officers from the Ipaja Police Station, Alagolo, a Lagos suburb. But, the  52-year-old baker did not return home alive. He died of alleged torture.

The late Quadri was arrested during a routine raid usually carried out by policemen in the area to allegedly extort money from people.

On September 13, a man identified simply as Ockiya from Nembe, Bayelsa State was allegedly arrested by men of the state crime-fighting outfit, code-named: FAMU-TANGE, in the presence of his father. Report said the defenceless boy was executed without trial and his remains deposited at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC). His  remains were conveyed by the same van that took him away when  he was arrested.

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British army faces further inquiries into alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners

Soldier Hidden In Forestoriginally by: The Guardian
published: 28th August 2011

The Baha Mousa report is not the only one to look into the question of the “systemic” abuse of Iraqi prisoners. A second inquiry is to open later this year, examining disputed allegations that up to 20 men were tortured and murdered in British custody after a gun battle in southern Iraq in 2004. 

That inquiry became inevitable after the high court severely criticised the Royal Military Police’s investigation into the affair and said that courts should be wary of evidence given by the RMP’s second in command.

The court of appeal is currently considering whether to order a third inquiry, into the military’s entire detention and interrogation policy, after hearing arguments on behalf of more than 150 men who allege they were systematically tortured by the British army in south-east Iraq between 2003 and 2008.

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