The court system in Sri Lanka is overwhelmed by a backlog of nearly 28,000 cases for the country’s 85 judges. Some criminal and civil cases, however, can be resolved through community mediation boards, a system staffed by volunteers who heard more than 220,000 cases in 2016. This is the story of two women who brought their disputes to mediation, as well as a look inside a school classroom where mediation takes place.
ZANU-PF, Robert Mugabe’s political party, has been in power in Zimbabwe since 1980. Now that the president has resigned, young citizens are running for seats in parliament, hoping to improve the lives of Zimbabwe’s youth by introducing progressive policies.
Mexico’s prison system is notoriously corrupt, as many around the world have learned from stories of escapes by drug kingpins from maximum-security prisons. But when a friend or family member goes to prison, ordinary Mexicans are pulled into a system that forces them to surrender to an array of unavoidable bribes to provide the most basic services.
Throughout East Africa, presidents are using a variety of controversial methods to overstay term limits and remain in power. Uganda might be the next to follow suit as its leader bumps up against its constitution’s upper age limit for holding office.
Much of the land in Uganda is owned by families under a traditional system, which uses geographical features as boundary markers and knowledge maintained by clan elders. The recent civil war has destroyed those markers, and most of the elders who know who owns what have passed away. As families return to their land, they now have a difficult task to prove it belongs to them.
Traditional land management in Uganda is causing problems as the country modernizes and land disputes rise. A spokesman for the country’s Ministry of Lands talked with the Global Press about how land owners can protect their land by documenting ownership properly.
An acrimonious national debate about French-speaking judges and teachers being assigned to largely English-speaking areas prompted the second government-led internet shutdown in English-speaking parts of Cameroon this year. One affected region, Buea, where many of the country’s tech startups are concentrated, has startup founders wondering how to startup again.