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Ugandan Comedians Fear New Regulations Will Spell the Death of Political Satire

Region: Uganda

Topics: Legal RightsLegislationPoliticsPower

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.

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Zambia Weighs Policy to Crack Down on Unregistered Preachers

Region: Zambia

Topics: PoliticsReligion

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.

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For ‘Mind and Soul’: Sri Lanka Eases Way To Legal Recognition of Transgender People

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

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.

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Why are Patients Rejecting Nepal’s Free Healthcare?

Region: Nepal

Topics: AccessHealthPoliticsPower

Millions of people have signed up for Nepal’s national health insurance, which offers free service at approved healthcare facilities for an annual premium. But more than 20% are opting not to renew.

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As Ugandans Take to the Water, Regulations Struggle to Keep Pace

Region: Uganda

Topics: HealthLegal RightsPoliticsPower

The government has done little to address a rise in deadly boat accidents, despite Ugandans’ new embrace of water activities.

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Women Are Elected, but Men Still Govern Many Indigenous Areas of Chiapas

Region: Mexico

Topics: ElectionsHuman RightsPoliticsPowerWomen's Rights

A gender parity quota for Mexican elections has resulted in many “fake positions” among municipalities in Chiapas that operate through indigenous self-determination. Constitutionally-elected women often serve only as figureheads for men elected by traditional customs.

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Mexico’s Spike in Asylum Applications Causes Long Delays – But Many Migrants Can’t Afford to Wait

Region: Mexico

Topics: Human MigrationHuman RightsPolitics

Thanks to successful advocacy and information campaigns, more Central American migrants than ever have applied for asylum in Mexico – but the office tasked with processing the applications can’t keep up. As the office scrambles to meet demand, the families who’ve made the long journey north face months of uncertainty.

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Civil Servants in Uganda Raise Questions Over Parliament’s Ability to Set Own Salaries, Benefits

Region: Uganda

Topics: JobsMoneyPolitics

In Uganda, members of the parliament decide their own pay, even as debate over whether or not the constitution allows them to do so continues. But not all government employees receive the same benefits – so civil society organizations are calling for more oversight.

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For Puerto Ricans, Protests Are About More Than Getting the Governor to Resign

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: Politics

Thousands of protestors took to Puerto Rico’s streets on July 22, calling for the governor to resign after transcripts of a private chat exchange went public earlier this month. But Puerto Ricans say that the feelings behind the protests have been building for much longer than that.

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As Need Rises, Palliative Care Services Remain Insufficient in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: AccessHealthHuman RightsPolitics

Uganda’s health budget isn’t providing enough for palliative care, resulting in a shortage of much-needed pain relievers and other services. Local organizations are stepping in, but health workers say that without the funding, they are only able to serve a fraction of the thousands of patients in need.

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