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Hi, this is Kasmira. Passing through Geneva on Saturday where he took to the stage at FIFDH, Russian journalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dmitry Muratov spoke to our colleagues at Heidi.news about Putin's new "digital dictatorship" and recounts the extraordinary funeral of opposition figure Alexeï Navalny.

A UN-backed commission reports that thousands of children are suffering rights violations in northeastern Syria. Plus, a new pandemic agreement draft has made it to the negotiating table.

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Nobel Prize-winning journalist Dmitry Muratov on stage at FIFDH with Mariana Katzarova, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Russian Federation. (FIFDH)

🇷🇺 Dmitry Muratov: ‘80 per cent of Russians are for peace, but have no way of saying it’. While in Geneva, Russian journalist and Nobel Prize winner Dmitry Muratov describes Vladimir Putin's authoritarian rule as a new kind of ‘digital dictatorship’. He talks about the fear it instils and the control it exercises. He also looks back on the extraordinary funeral of opposition figure Alexeï Navalny.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🫵 Russia responsible for Navalny's death, UN rights expert says. According to Mariana Katzarova, the Russian political opponent was either killed or died while being detained in conditions of torture.

Reuters (EN)

🚸 UN-backed commission says 30,000 children are suffering rights abuses in northeastern Syria. Children of Islamic State fighters and supporters have been placed in camps, prisons and rehabilitation centres since opposition forces took control of the war-torn area.

AP News (EN)

⛔ Anger as Panama stops MSF working in Darién Gap amid sexual violence spat. The government has forced Médecins Sans Frontières to suspend assistance to migrants arriving through the Darién Gap amid a public clash over a spike in sexual violence on the notorious jungle passage – the only land route from South America to the United States.

The New Humanitarian (EN)

📩 New pandemic agreement draft lands – and finally, text-based negotiations can begin. The 31-page draft was also sent to official stakeholders previously excluded, as agreed by WHO’s intergovernmental negotiating body at the last meeting.

Health Policy Watch (EN)

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