Seeking Justice, Argentina’s Cross-Dressers Press Government for Reparations

Region: Argentina

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

People who are transgender in Argentina were often arrested without cause in past decades, but now the government might have to atone for those actions. A new bill proposes that sexual minorities who were mistreated by police be granted a financial settlement.

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Traditional Kingdom in Uganda Fights for Control of Protected Forest

Region: Uganda

Topics: Environment

The leader of the Bunyoro Kingdom leased thousands of hectares of forest land in the kingdom’s traditional land base to a sugar company – a move members of the kingdom say will help ease their poverty. But environmentalists say the kingdom has no right to lease the land, which is part of a protested forest.

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Advocates Urge Mexico City to Further Ease Way for Minors to Make Legal Gender Change

Region: Mexico

Topics: CultureHuman RightsPolitics

Officials in the capital city agreed in 2015 to make it cheaper and simpler for people to request a formal gender change on legal identity documents, but the change excluded those under 18, who must still submit to a court trial. Supporters are lobbying for alterations in Mexico City’s planned new constitution that would give minors the right to request gender and name changes through the administrative proceeding rather than a court proceeding.

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Teen Repairs Mattresses in Mexico City

Region: Mexico

Topics: Jobs

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Uganda Denounces Homosexuality, But Experts Say It’s Not New in Africa

Region: Uganda

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

Homosexuality, which is illegal in Uganda, is commonly believed to be a vestige of colonialism. As the country’s LGBT community struggles for acceptance, some experts are noting that there’s evidence that homosexuality was present in Africa long before foreigners came.

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War Widows in DRC Fight for Missing Military Stipends

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human Rights

Military widows in Democratic Republic of Congo complain that they haven’t gotten the lifelong benefits to which the law says they’re entitled, but a top military officer hopes the problem will be fixed soon. Among the issues: Some of the women aren’t listed, some weren’t legally married to the men, some of the deceased men aren’t listed, and fraudulent claims are common.

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In DRC, Artisanal Miners’ Hoped-for Road Out of Poverty Paved With Disappointment

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: EnvironmentHuman Rights

There may be more than 1 million informal miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where unemployment is widespread, and some toil with rudimentary tools and earn mere cents per day. They may have “get rich quick” dreams, but many find themselves in debt after borrowing funds for transportation and living expenses, and some die from mine-related health issues or accidents.

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After Kidnapping, Family Speak Out After Facing Ransom Demands, Sometimes Murders

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Since 2010, kidnappings have been common throughout North Kivu province and citizens blame the government for the lack of security in the region. Rebel groups are suspected in most kidnappings, which seek to fetch high ransoms.

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Q&A: Head of DRC Civilian Police Unit Seeks to Bring Violent Sex Offenders to Justice

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human Rights

Sexual violence against women and children is a major problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The commander of a local civilian police unit, which works to curb violence and bring offenders to justice, sat down with GPJ for a Q&A to talk about his efforts.

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Day Laborers Are Hardest Hit as Businesses Shut Down by Months-long Kashmiri Unrest

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Deadly protests that began in July have led to massive income loss in the Kashmir Valley, where most households rely on the wages of day laborers. The story of Mohammad Sultan is typical; his earnings have gone from the equivalent of $6 a day to perhaps $4.45 a week, partly because large construction sites, where he’d found regular work, were shut down as strikes ordered by armed groups prevented delivery of building materials.

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