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After Building on Land They Thought They Owned, Zimbabweans Are Left Homeless

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessHuman RightsPolitics

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.

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Argentina’s Deportation Changes Prompt Concern In Nation Known to Champion Immigrant Rights

Region: Argentina

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

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.

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Q&A: Zimbabweans, Divided on Land Reform, Discuss Pros and Cons of Mugabe’s System

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Politics

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.

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Zimbabwe’s Land Seizures Leave Farm Workers Jobless and Homeless

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Redistribution of farm land has created ongoing problems in Zimbabwe since independence. Evictions continue to disrupt lives of farmers, both black and white.

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Kidnappings Surge Amid Haiti’s Political and Economic Crises

Region: Haiti

Topics: AutonomyEconomyHuman RightsPolitics

Enmeshed in ongoing corruption scandals and social unrest, kidnappings are now rampant here – and no one is immune.

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Self-Quarantine: Ponnaveli Village, Population One

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: AutonomyCoronavirusMigrationPolitics

For Sellaiah Rashanayagam, social distancing is nothing new. He’s been the sole resident of his village since Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in 2009 – and he doesn’t plan to leave anytime soon.

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In a Nation of Farmers, Much of the Agricultural Land in Zimbabwe Lies Fallow

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AgriculturePoliticsPower

Growers blame years of government corruption and inefficiency for lack of promised assistance. Now, the land meant to bring economic power to black farmers instead leaves them with empty pockets.

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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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