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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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Ugandan Law Prevents ‘Public Nuisances’ – Including Gatherings Led By Opposition Leaders

Region: Uganda

Topics: Legal RightsPolitics

In 2013, the Ugandan government passed the Public Order Management Act, stating that organizers must inform police before holding any large public gatherings. Officials say they want to prevent disorderly conduct, but many people point to the law as a convenient way to discourage opposition.

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Usual Rent Deals in Buenos Aires Force Many Into Informal Settlements

Region: Argentina

Topics: InfrastructureLegal Rights

Rents in many informal settlements in Buenos Aires are just as high as rents in the city’s safer districts, which boast better utilities. But many have no choice but to live in the former, because rental contracts in the latter demand costly down payments beyond the reach of many locals.

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Waiting for Justice: Kisangani Workers Go Without Pay, as Labor Suits Languish in Court

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

In 2016, Kisangani’s high court was inundated with labor cases. A designated labor court was opened to address the demand, but many employees are still wondering when their cases will be resolved.

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NGO Working for Justice Reform – and Justice – for Ugandans Under the Age of 18

Region: Uganda

Topics: Child RightsLegal Rights

Often held in overcrowded prisons meant for adults, many children arrested in Uganda don’t even know their rights. But the nonprofit Free Child Uganda has given legal aid to some 1,000 children, since Winfred Adukule-Meuter founded the organization in 2016.

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