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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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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 legal system continues to take a devastating toll.

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The Power to Say ‘No’: Mentors Help Young Ugandan Women Fight Early Marriage, Pregnancy

Region: Uganda

Topics: AutonomyHealthHuman RightsLegal RightsWomen's Rights

Forced marriages and unintended pregnancies remain a norm for many Ugandan young women. One effort to combat the problems draws on the experience of women who have been down that path, who serve as mentors to girls and young women.

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When Sexual Rights Are Neglected, HIV Infection in Zambia Prisons Goes up

Region: Zambia

Topics: AutonomyDiseaseHealthHuman RightsLegal RightsSexuality & Gender

Advocates for prisoners’ rights say condoms and conjugal visits would help. But authorities say any kind of holistic solution is beyond the system’s reach — for many reasons.

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Ride-Sharing Platforms Popular in Nepal, but Are They Legal?

Region: Nepal

Topics: BusinessDevelopmentJobsLegal Rights

Online services provide a cheap and convenient means of transportation for thousands of people in Nepal. They also provide jobs to many. But the country’s legal system lacks provisions for such companies, and some say they are running afoul of the law.

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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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Despite Growing Popularity, Drones Remain Unregulated in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: InnovationLegal Rights

Drones have proven so useful in Uganda that the government might use them to deliver blood and medicine to remote areas. But the unmanned aircraft also poses a security risk that officials have yet to address.

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As Zimbabwe Struggles With Finances, Undocumented Migrants Languish in Prison

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Human MigrationHuman RightsLegal RightsMigration

The country, in the midst of an economic crisis, can’t afford to enforce its deportation laws or build detention centers. Those without proper paperwork have no other choice but to sit in jail.

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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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Urbanization Efforts Uproot Ugandans

Region: Uganda

Topics: DevelopmentInfrastructureLegal Rights

New boundary lines in rural parts of the country improve access to services. But as residents are discovering, it also tramples established communities and forces some to relocate.

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