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When Land Ownership Is In Doubt, Some Ugandans Face Witchcraft Accusations and Eviction by Mobs

Region: Uganda

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

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.

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When Police Response is Too Slow, Ugandan Motorcycle Taxi Drivers Administer Justice Themselves

Region: Uganda

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

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.

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As Faith in Police Dwindles, Kisangani Residents Turn to Mob Justice

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

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.

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In One Zimbabwean Prison, Justice is Out of Reach for Prisoners in the Mental Health Section

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AccessHealthHuman RightsLegal Rights

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.

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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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Spreading HIV Has Been A Crime in Zimbabwe for Nearly 20 Years. Now, That May Be About to Change

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: HealthHuman RightsLegal Rights

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.

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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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