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The political disaster in Sri Lanka took a violent flip this week following the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The clashes are believed to have began when pro-government teams attacked an anti-government protest website within the capital, Colombo. Town stays underneath curfew.
The prime minister’s exit nonetheless leaves his brother, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as president, and that continues to spark public anger. The president has outlined broad powers for the navy and police to detain and query folks with out arrest warrants. Native authorities report some 217 folks have been injured and not less than 9 folks have died to date.
Sri Lanka can also be battling its worst financial disaster in historical past following the pandemic that hit tourism earnings, leaving the federal government grappling with rising oil costs and the impression of tax cuts.
We’ll focus on the newest from Sri Lanka.
The UN youngsters’s company, UNICEF, warns that 12.3 million Syrian youngsters are in want of support each contained in the nation, and within the wider area the place they’ve fled for the reason that struggle started. UNICEF has obtained lower than half of its funding necessities for this 12 months.
This comes as worldwide donors held a sixth pledging convention in Brussels earlier within the week. “World public opinion appears not to have the ability to cope with a couple of disaster on the time,” European Union international coverage chief Josep Borrell stated as he opened the occasion. He famous “a sure fatigue” amongst donors saying, “Now it’s Ukraine within the headlines. However don’t hand over on Syria.”
Syria’s struggle is estimated to have killed half one million folks and displaced tens of millions because it started with a crackdown on anti-government protests in 2011.
We’ll focus on the impression on Syrian youngsters and ask how donor fatigue could be combated.
The Taliban is as soon as once more requiring ladies to be lined up head to toe and letting them solely go outside within the firm of a male chaperone.
However in a primary, punishment for not complying was additionally detailed: Male guardians of offending ladies will obtain a warning, and for repeated offences they are going to be imprisoned for 3 days.
This decree comes because the nation faces the worst humanitarian and financial catastrophe in many years, and tens of millions face starvation and unemployment. The Worldwide Labor Group says there will probably be an estimated 900,000 job losses by June this 12 months, with ladies hit the toughest.
We’ll focus on the continuing roll again of women’ and womens’ rights in Afghanistan and ask how Afghan ladies’s rights activists are preventing again.
On this episode of The Stream, we communicate with:
Correspondent, Al Jazeera English
Juliette Touma, @JulietteTouma
Regional Chief of Advocacy & Communications
UNICEF Center East and North Africa