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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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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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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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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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