Uganda’s tradition of “customary” land ownership means many landowners don’t hold titles to their property, and land disputes are rampant. With little faith in police or courts, Ugandans have turned to mob justice – and landowners fear for their lives.
In Uganda, people who drive motorcycle taxis are often subject to violent attacks and robberies. Drivers say that authorities aren’t doing enough – so they’ve decided to take justice into their own hands.
As Kisangani’s under-resourced police force struggles to maintain law and order, residents have lost faith in the state’s ability to bring criminals to justice. Now, some are taking crime and punishment into their own hands – with deadly consequences.
Zimbabwe’s Chikurubi Maximum Prison is one of the few facilities in the country that provides mental health care. The prison’s mental health section is overcapacity with some 300 prisoners, some of whom weren’t accused of a crime at all.
Willful transmission of HIV has been illegal in Zimbabwe since 2001, part of a strategy to help stop the virus from spreading. But it may be backfiring, since people are more reluctant to admit that they are HIV-positive at all. Now, public health officials are campaigning for an alternative approach.
In one of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s largest cities, there are no facilities for young people who are charged with crimes, and the existing juvenile court is barely functional. As a result, they end up in adult jails amid difficult conditions and no access to rehabilitation.
Local land disputes are becoming more common in Kisangani, a major city in Democratic Republic of Congo. But between inconsistent regulation and high levels of corruption, resolving cases is not always a clear-cut process.
Widows in Uganda have few rights when it comes to claiming inheritance. Women’s groups that advocate for them have seen some success, but find themselves unable to reach many widows in need outside of urban areas.
In Uganda, transgender people can be charged with a number of different crimes. Now, a local group is training members of the trans community as paralegals to provide them with legal support and advice.