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They’re Banned, But Mototaxis Get People in Mexico City Where They Need To Go

Region: Mexico

Topics: Legal Rights

Mototaxis, or motorcycles with trailers attached, are a popular form of transportation in Mexico City, even though the government forbade their use two years ago.

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Lack of Juvenile Courts and Facilities in DRC City Leaves Teenagers Lingering in Adult Jails

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Child RightsLegal Rights

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.

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One Piece of Land. Two Families Claiming Ownership. In DRC, Resolving the Case Isn’t So Simple.

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Legal Rights

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.

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When Husbands Don’t Leave a Will, Widows Must Fight for Their Inheritance

Region: Uganda

Topics: Legal RightsMoneyWomen's Rights

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.

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Paralegals Help Their Transgender Peers Get Justice in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: Legal RightsSexuality & Gender

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.

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How Mediators in DRC Are Doing What the Courts Can’t

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Legal Rights

Land disputes in Democratic Republic of Congo are common – but getting justice often isn’t. Frustrated with the court system, local people in a North Kivu village are now taking their cases to a mediation organization, hoping for quicker turnarounds and fair resolutions.

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Hundreds Arrested in Zimbabwe’s Latest Protests, But Was Justice Done?

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

Hundreds of people who were arrested while protesting fuel hikes in January call for fair trials and better conditions in Zimbabwe’s overcrowded prisons.

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Zimbabwe Releases Prisoners in Amnesty Program, But Communities Worry About Safety

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

Zimbabwean presidents have granted over a dozen amnesties over 30 years to reduce overcrowding in prisons. But the lack of criteria raises questions about who is being released and why.

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Traditional Healers Don’t Want Their Herbs Regulated, Citing Risk to Intellectual Property

Region: Uganda

Topics: HealthLegal Rights

In Uganda, a bill proposed by the government aims to regulate herbs used in traditional medicine. Some say the bill will help curb fraud, but traditional healers are more concerned about protecting their knowledge.

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Who Owns This Land? After Homes Are Destroyed, Ugandans Await Court Decision

Region: Uganda

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

Forty homes demolished. Nearly 350 people made homeless. Forced evictions are not uncommon in Uganda, but even when people take their grievances to court, the drawn-out and confusing legal process gives no assurance that they will receive compensation.

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