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Hello, this is Ben bringing you Geneva Solutions’ peace and humanitarian news coverage, produced this week in collaboration with The New Humanitarian.

Today we’re looking at what’s at stake in India, as farmers continue their protests in the face of a widening crackdown. We also sit down with the EU’s commissioner in charge of humanitarian aid, who’s rolling out a new strategy.

And we hear too from a Geneva convening of inspiring young women making change around the world.

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Ben Parker


Peace and humanitarian news

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A farmer addresses protesters blocking a highway outside Delhi on March 6. (Keystone / AP Photo / Altaf Qadri)

🗣🚫 Inside India’s clampdown on dissent. As the farmers' protests in India pass their 100th day, Geneva Solutions spoke to human rights lawyer and Right Livelihood Award laureate Colin Gonsalves about how the demonstrations have exposed a wider government crackdown on freedom of expression and dissent.

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💰🇪🇺 A Q&A with the world’s biggest humanitarian aid donor. The EU and its members together pay a major share of international emergency aid. Migration, climate change, and the politics of aid all come up in this wide-ranging interview.

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♀✊ Five young women activists to watch. Some highlights from a gathering of young women activists from around the world, who aren’t waiting for an invitation to the top table to be heard.

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In case you missed it

🇲🇲 Growing evidence of ‘crimes against humanity’ in Myanmar. Addressing the Human Rights Council last week, the UN special envoy on Myanmar said there is mounting evidence that the country’s military “is now engaging in crimes against humanity” as the brutal crackdown on anti-coup demonstrators escalates.

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What else is happening

Image of the day

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The former Parc des Acacias in Geneva has been renamed to honour the services of Save the Children founder Eglantyne Jebb. Jebb lived in Geneva in the 1920s, and wrote the "Déclaration de Genève" - the first convention on children's rights - endorsed by the League of Nations in 1924. The renaming of the park is part of the 100Elles project, which aims to bring more recognition to influential women in Geneva’s history.

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Number of the day

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Syrians hold pre-Ba'ath flags during a rally for the 10th anniversary of the Syrian war in Istanbul. (EPA/Erdem Sahin)

A decade of war. On 15 March 2011, Syrians took to the streets to protest against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. According to figures from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the UN, the decade-long war that followed has left 400,000 dead and 200,000 missing. Twelve million people have been displaced, half of them abroad. Half of the country’s hospitals are destroyed as well as one in three schools, and more than half of children are at risk of hunger.


Next on the agenda

📌 16 March | A decade of war in Syria: what have humanitarian agencies learned? What has the humanitarian system learned from the decade-long conflict in Syria, and how has it reshaped the work humanitarian agencies do? A conversation with UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock.


📌 23 March | Vaccine equity for the forcibly displaced. Speakers review the current state of vaccine distribution and discuss how to ensure that vaccine nationalism doesn’t result in the world’s most vulnerable being shut out of pandemic responses.

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