In recent years, the government has destroyed illegally built informal settlements in Harare and other urban areas, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless, even though many of them believed they legally possessed their plots ─ after paying so-called land barons who didn’t actually own the property. City officials urge prospective buyers to check property records to ensure that land is available for purchase, but viewing and copying those records is costly.
President Mauricio Macri’s emergency decree to speed up deportations and bar entry for immigrants with criminal charges or convictions has sparked a national debate in Argentina. Human rights groups say immigrants who have committed even minor offenses will lose the ability to defend themselves and keep their families together, but proponents say the changes are necessary to prevent crime and to rid the nation of foreign narcotics traffickers, arms dealers and money launderers.
Zimbabwe’s land reforms led to widespread evictions and neglected farms, but it returned prime agricultural space to people who hadn’t been legally able to own or manage it for generations. GPJ sat down with two men – an activist and a one-time farmer – to discuss the land reforms’ long-term impacts.
Under a proposed law, Ugandan comedians would be required to sign a code of ethics and get all their scripts approved by a committee. Some comedians support the move, but others are afraid the government will get the last laugh.
Officials, determined to prevent exploitation by religious leaders, are considering a law that would require certified training to open a church. Pastors worry about the ramifications of increasing government interference.
Under new guidelines, which carry legal authority, medical professionals and government officials have clear mandates for how to handle requests aimed at changing a person’s gender on birth certificates and other identification documents. People who identify as transgendered, regardless of whether they’ve gone through the prohibitively expensive process of having their physical characteristics altered, can obtain a legal gender change.