Local governments will have a right to compensation from the revenue, and citizens will be entitled to seek redress for a polluted environment, says lawyer Patson Wilbroad Arinaitwe. He stresses the importance of regular environmental audits by the government and urges a requirement that companies monitor themselves, though the nation lacks a culture of enforcement and compliance.
Criminals in DRC’s North Kivu province have long preyed on major roads, committing killings, kidnappings, and robberies of travelers. In May 2016, however, vehicles from the DRC military began accompanying regular convoys of commercial and passenger vehicles on two main routes, and crime on these slow-moving convoys has been nearly nonexistent.
The fad was thriving for months until December, when official memos noted it’s against the law to manufacture, sell, offer for sale or wear a military uniform or anything resembling one. Many people, among them retailers, complain about the ban, while some are relieved by a move aimed at stopping people from posing as military personnel.
Herders and farmers in Kaseghe, a remote part of the country’s North Kivu province, struggle to keep peace as each group points fingers at the other for crop damage and livestock deaths. A local official settles at least one claim per month, but the violence is on the rise.
Nepal relies heavily on remittances sent from workers abroad and nearly a fifth of Nepal’s expatriate workers live in Qatar. Ongoing diplomatic tension in the Persian Gulf has led to a travel ban between Qatar and four countries in the region, and Nepalese workers wait with uncertainty as the ban begins to affect travel costs and working conditions.
ZBC TV is lauded for recently introducing broadcasts in more indigenous tongues, making the total 13 out of the 16 official languages. But some believe the way forward is for the government to license independent, community-based stations that would reflect broader, more diverse views and offer greater airtime to marginalized groups.
After a recent incident in which a group of Nepali women were turned back at a Dubai transportation hub on trafficking concerns, Nepal’s government is considering further restrictions on women traveling to foreign countries for work. Offers of jobs as housemaids can seem irresistible, but job-seekers may end up exploited or abused, anti-trafficking activists warn.
No-shows by members of Parliament are common, thus bills have been passed without a quorum and annulled later. But voters and parliamentarians alike believe Parliament’s new electronic registration, and a proposal to pay members according to attendance, might shame members into showing up, but won’t guarantee that they will faithfully discharge the duties of their office.
About half of the 14,000 Rohingya refugees known to be living in India are in and around Jammu, a city in a contested area near India’s northern tip. They fled Myanmar to escape extreme anti-Muslim violence, but they’re facing similar sentiments now in Jammu.