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Waiting for Justice: Kisangani Workers Go Without Pay, as Labor Suits Languish in Court

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

In 2016, Kisangani’s high court was inundated with labor cases. A designated labor court was opened to address the demand, but many employees are still wondering when their cases will be resolved.

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Usual Rent Deals in Buenos Aires Force Many Into Informal Settlements

Region: Argentina

Topics: InfrastructureLegal Rights

Rents in many informal settlements in Buenos Aires are just as high as rents in the city’s safer districts, which boast better utilities. But many have no choice but to live in the former, because rental contracts in the latter demand costly down payments beyond the reach of many locals.

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NGO Working for Justice Reform – and Justice – for Ugandans Under the Age of 18

Region: Uganda

Topics: Child RightsLegal Rights

Often held in overcrowded prisons meant for adults, many children arrested in Uganda don’t even know their rights. But the nonprofit Free Child Uganda has given legal aid to some 1,000 children, since Winfred Adukule-Meuter founded the organization in 2016.

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They Bought Homes in Flood-Prone Area of DRC, but It Was the State That Razed Them

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

Hundreds of residents of a municipality near Kisangani built their homes on low-lying land prone to flooding. In April, the local government, citing a previously unknown construction ban, destroyed their homes.

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Accessing Electricity in DRC Is Expensive, but Pirating Power Comes at a Dangerous Cost

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

Installing an electric meter in Kisangani often means waiting years and paying a steep fee. So some residents are taking matters into their own hands – and risking their lives in the process.

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Ugandan Airport Expansion Project Cuts Worshippers off From Sacred Ground

Region: Uganda

Topics: Legal RightsReligion

A long-standing tradition ended in 2017, when Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority fenced off an area where practitioners of ancient religions had made animal sacrifices. In a country where much land is not formally deeded, and ownership disputes are common, a spiritual leader wonders how the airport could claim title to the site, when his clan has been its rightful owner for more than half a millennium.

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Zimbabwe’s Wetlands Threatened, as Illegal Development Goes Unpunished

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EnvironmentLegal Rights

Building on Zimbabwe’s wetlands is illegal, but that hasn’t stopped the important ecosystems from being developed. Lax enforcement of the law means developers don’t face repercussions, but environmentalists argue that dire environmental consequences – for all Zimbabweans – are inevitable.

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Arrested for Reporting a Road Accident: The Price of Being a Good Samaritan in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: HealthLegal Rights

Roughly half of those killed in road accidents in Uganda die because they didn’t get medical attention quickly enough. But fewer Ugandans are reporting accidents, because they fear being detained or even arrested by the police just for reporting an accident.

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Protesting Daily Since 2013 Ex-Workers Fail to Get Severance Pay from Province

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Legal Rights

The Lotokila sugar refinery in DRC's Tshopo province closed in 2010 but failed to give its workers the severance pay required by law. The refinery was partly owned by the provincial government, so since 2013 up to 150 former workers or their widows have protested daily to demand the government pay what it owes - but the government, citing lack of funds, won't budge.

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With Honor on the Line, Families Seek Cash, Not Justice When Minors are Raped in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsLegal Rights

Young girls who have been raped are coming more frequently to hospitals in Democratic Republic of Congo, but not to courtrooms. Families often strike a deal with rapists to pay compensation in exchange for not pressing charges. Family honor is on the line, but emotional and physical trauma remain.

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