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Hi, this is Leah today we are covering crisis-stricken Sri Lanka and the right to peaceful protest. We are also looking into Putin’s objections to WTO sanctions, and the changes made to WHO funding plans.

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Leah Koonthamattam


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Police officers try to stop a protest against the rising living costs, outside President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's seafront office in Colombo on 18 March, 2022. (Credit: Keystone/AFP/Ishara S. Kodikara)

‘Protesters want their voices heard’. Violence and repression marred the streets of Sri Lanka this week as one protester was killed by the police. Over the last month the island state raged with demonstrations as anger against the ruling party for its handling of the economic crisis deepened. UN expert on the right to peaceful protest, Clément Voule, told us why governments should hear the pleas of their angry citizens instead of responding with violence.

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(Credit: Yulia Pleskanovskaya)

‘People were surprised that I was Russian. And I was surprised that they didn't throw their fists at me’. At the end of March, Yulia Pleskanovskaya, a Russian citizen living in Great Britain, decided to travel to the Polish border with Ukraine, spending her savings on humanitarian supplies. Pleskanovskaya worked at a refugee centre as an interpreter and also delivered humanitarian aid to Ivano-Frankivsk. She told Holod, an independent Russian publication, how the volunteering system works, what surprised her in talking with refugees, and why she did not want to leave the help centre. Geneva Solutions is publishing a shorter English version of this story, in collaboration with Holod, as part of our project “Ukraine Stories”.

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