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Accessing Electricity in DRC Is Expensive, but Pirating Power Comes at a Dangerous Cost

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

Installing an electric meter in Kisangani often means waiting years and paying a steep fee. So some residents are taking matters into their own hands – and risking their lives in the process.

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Ugandan Airport Expansion Project Cuts Worshippers off From Sacred Ground

Region: Uganda

Topics: Legal RightsReligion

A long-standing tradition ended in 2017, when Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority fenced off an area where practitioners of ancient religions had made animal sacrifices. In a country where much land is not formally deeded, and ownership disputes are common, a spiritual leader wonders how the airport could claim title to the site, when his clan has been its rightful owner for more than half a millennium.

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Zimbabwe’s Wetlands Threatened, as Illegal Development Goes Unpunished

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EnvironmentLegal Rights

Building on Zimbabwe’s wetlands is illegal, but that hasn’t stopped the important ecosystems from being developed. Lax enforcement of the law means developers don’t face repercussions, but environmentalists argue that dire environmental consequences – for all Zimbabweans – are inevitable.

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Arrested for Reporting a Road Accident: The Price of Being a Good Samaritan in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: HealthLegal Rights

Roughly half of those killed in road accidents in Uganda die because they didn’t get medical attention quickly enough. But fewer Ugandans are reporting accidents, because they fear being detained or even arrested by the police just for reporting an accident.

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Protesting Daily Since 2013 Ex-Workers Fail to Get Severance Pay from Province

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Legal Rights

The Lotokila sugar refinery in DRC's Tshopo province closed in 2010 but failed to give its workers the severance pay required by law. The refinery was partly owned by the provincial government, so since 2013 up to 150 former workers or their widows have protested daily to demand the government pay what it owes - but the government, citing lack of funds, won't budge.

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With Honor on the Line, Families Seek Cash, Not Justice When Minors are Raped in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

Young girls who have been raped are coming more frequently to hospitals in Democratic Republic of Congo, but not to courtrooms. Families often strike a deal with rapists to pay compensation in exchange for not pressing charges. Family honor is on the line, but emotional and physical trauma remain.

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Parents in Prison, Children at Risk: A Mexican Family’s Two-Year Ordeal

Region: Mexico

Topics: Legal Rights

An illiterate, indigenous couple say they were coerced into confessing in the murder of the husband's brother. They spent about two years in prison before their release, but the lives of their seven children were upended nearly as much - they shuttled among the homes of relatives, friends - even one of their teachers. In the family's lawsuit against the state, a judge found that authorities had utterly disregarded laws and directives to care for the children of those in prison.

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Despite Bullying, Legislation and Aid Initiatives Suggest Evolving Views on Transgender Community in Kashmir

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: Legal RightsSexuality & Gender

Beginning in childhood, Kashmir’s transgender community members face bullying and discrimination that can last a lifetime. Now, a Supreme Court ruling and a local financial-assistance initiative suggest that the tide of public opinion may be turning.

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