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Money-Making Scrap or Armed Bomb? Abandoned Explosives Pose Deadly Risks in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: ConflictHealthHuman RightsPower

Construction is booming and demand for steel is on the rise. But scrap metal vendors eager for profits are unwittingly digging up explosives from old conflicts, risking arrest, injury — or worse.

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Lawyers Disagree on Reform as Mexico’s Broken Legal System Persists

Region: Mexico

Topics: CorruptionJobsLegal RightsPower

Many lawyers in Mexico agree that the country’s legal system is badly in need of reform: Mexico ranks fourth in the world for impunity, and corruption is rampant. As lawyers grapple with how to hold colleagues accountable, the broken legal system continues to take a devastating toll.

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Would-be Ugandan Parents Denied Adoptions Because of Sexuality

Region: Uganda

Topics: Human RightsPowerSexuality & Gender

Otherwise qualified parents have their hopes of family dashed because of a ban on homosexuality — and pervasive homophobic attitudes. Some find ways to adopt anyway; others simply give up.

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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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Zimbabwe Weighs Ending Criminalization of HIV

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: HealthHuman RightsLegal RightsPower

The country banned the deliberate transmission of HIV nearly two decades ago to stop the virus from spreading. Public health officials say the law has backfired and demand a different approach.

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Uganda’s Construction Boom has a Brutal Cost for Workers

Region: Uganda

Topics: DevelopmentHealthJobsPower

Worker deaths and injuries are increasing as Uganda’s major cities try to meet the demands of a growing population. Low-paid “helpers” — who often work without contracts or insurance — bear the brunt of the consequences.

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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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