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As Churchgoers Report Increased Exploitation in Zambia, Lawmakers Propose New Requirements

Region: Zambia

Topics: PoliticsReligion

Police say they are receiving an increasing number of complaints from people who say they were exploited by their pastors. Now, the government is considering a law that would require proof of qualification from anyone looking to open a church. But religious leaders say that there are already enough laws in place.

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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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Women in Mexico’s National Military Service Say They Experience Unequal Treatment

Region: Mexico

Topics: PoliticsWomen's Rights

Women have been eligible to enlist in Mexico’s National Military Service since 2000. But this year, the service saw the fewest number of women enroll. And those who did say they don’t receive the same opportunities as men.

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In Zimbabwe, ‘Ghost Workers’ Get Government Salaries Without Doing the Work

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: JobsPolitics

In Zimbabwe, the government sector is rife with people known as ghost workers, who are paid a salary, but are not actually employed or performing any work. The government is trying to introduce a new system to address this, but as of now, the solution remains as invisible as the problem.

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DRC Youth Are Flooding Politics. But Are They Only Doing It for the Money?

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: JobsPolitics

In Kisangani, a major city in Democratic Republic of Congo, young people are graduating from good universities, only to find themselves in a pool of unemployment. Turning to a life in politics might be the only lucrative option they have left.

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Zimbabwean Furniture Workers Threatened by Fires, While Authorities Struggle to Help

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessCorruptionEntrepreneurshipPolitics

Furniture workers make up a large portion of Zimbabwe’s informal economy. But in this particular manufacturing complex, their livelihoods are in danger from constant fires that the authorities can’t address.

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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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Sri Lankans Use New RTI Law to Access Land Information Following War in North

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

A recent silent protest in front of the president’s office in Colombo was part of an effort to use the new Right to Information law to get the facts on missing persons, voter identification, land rights and other issues. A youth network called AFRIEL facilitated the demonstration and has assisted people in developing more than 1,000 applications under the law.

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