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Two Years After Ban, Corporal Punishment Still Used, Debated in Ugandan Schools

Region: Uganda

Topics: Child RightsEducationLegislation

In 2016, Uganda categorically banned corporal punishment in schools. But two years later, as students continue to report being beaten, and experts debate the merits of caning, the issue remains far from settled.

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Critics See Bias in Move to Close Radio Stations Allegedly Promoting ‘Witchcraft’

Region: Uganda

Topics: HealthLegislationReligion

This year, a Ugandan regulator shut down and later reopened 23 radio stations with new restrictions—traditional healers can’t advertise unless they’re registered with the country’s National Drug Authority. The regulator says ads by traditional healers had promoted electronic fraud; but practitioners, broadcasters and some listeners brand the action discriminatory.

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Uganda Takes Aim at Alcohol Advertising to Stop Women From Drinking While Pregnant

Region: Uganda

Topics: HealthLegislationReproductive Rights

Women get plenty of messages from the alcoholic-beverage industry promoting consumption. But most women aren’t getting the message that they shouldn’t drink while pregnant. And now the government is taking steps to change that.

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Organic or GMO Maize? Ugandan Bill Would Force Many Farmers to Make Fateful Choice

Region: Uganda

Topics: AgricultureLegislation

A bill under review by Uganda’s Parliament would require farmers to leave 200 meters (656 feet) between organic and GMO maize crops, in order to prevent cross-pollination. The problem is that perhaps three-quarters of the nation’s farmers would have to choose one or the other, because they don’t have enough farmland to leave that much space fallow – and if they don’t leave the required distance between crops, the bill would make them criminals.

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