Joseph Stalin is a human rights defender, the General Secretary of Ceylon Teachers Union and a prominent advocate for education rights and reforms. He has campaigned against militarization of education in Sri Lanka and for the rights of teachers and students against regressive state polices. From the inception of countrywide protests linked to the economic crisis in around March 2022, Joseph Stalin has been at the forefront of peaceful campaigns seeking a system change and more transparent, accountable governance. Protesters demand an end to corruption, abolishing the executive presidency which centralizes power and removal of the Rajapaksa family and their allies, including current President Ranil Wickremesinghe from power. The Sri Lankan government has responded with violence, mis and dis information against protesters and widespread arrest of protesters and perceived leaders.