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UN releases scathing report of “serious human violations” in China



The United Nations has released its highly-anticipated report into human rights violations in China

A scathing report has unearthed China’s treatment of Uyghur people in the Xinjiang province.

The UN-backed report found China may have committed “crimes against humanity” against the ethnic minority group.

It describes the Chinese Communist Party’s counter-terrorism methods as “deeply problematic”.

“It contains vague, broad and open-ended concepts that leave wide discretion to officials to interpret and apply broad investigative, preventive and coercive powers, in a context of limited safeguards and scant independent oversight.”


The report was delivered minutes before the incumbent UN Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet, left her post after a four-year term.

It found a “large-scale arbitrary deprivation of liberty” of Uyghur and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, which remains under tight secrecy by Chinese authorities.

In some cases, people were locked in vocational education and training centres, where their treatment was of “concern”.

Ms Bachelet recently travelled to the Xinjiang region despite warnings from China.

The UN believes the ‘vocational training centres’ include Uyghurs “being beaten with batons”, and being strapped in the “tiger chair”.

“Allegations of patterns of torture or ill-treatment, including forced medical treatment and adverse conditions of detention, are credible, as are allegations of individual incidents of sexual and gender-based violence.”


Sophie Richardson is the China Director at Human Rights Watch, who says the report “lays bare China’s sweeping rights abuses”.

The country is denying any allegations of abuses, or forced labour in detention camps.

Earlier this year, the nation’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Hua Chunying, said any allegations of genocide are a “whopping big lie”.

“Every such lie diminishes the credibility of the U.S. Government,” she said.

The UN report notes there are policies and laws underpinning these abuses, which would make it difficult to change even if the so-called ‘training centres’ were closed.

It follows three years of UN promises and months of investigations by authorities.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Ukraine prepares for a summer of violence



Is support for the war waning after the conflict has surpassed 1-year and millions of dollars?

After a Russian air assault on Kyiv in which one civilian was killed, residential buildings in wealthy districts of Moscow were hit by multiple drone strikes injuring two people.

The Kremlin is claiming that most of the drone strikes which happened during broad daylight—were intercepted.

A Russian politician said the attack on the capital was the most dangerous since World War II.

Russia says Ukraine launched the attack and has vowed to bolster their air defenses.

Meanwhile, Ukraine is denying direct involvement, having just recently suffered three air attacks within a 24-hour time span.

Last month, leaked Department of Defense documents revealed possible weak links in Ukraine’s military campaign against Russian forces.

Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine with tens of thousands of troops more than a year ago and there appears to be no end in sight.

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“I think there is a great risk”: will AI steal our jobs?



Artificial Intelligence has become an increasingly powerful and pervasive force in our modern world.

Artificial intelligence is not a new concept. However, the growing advancements have the potential to revolutionise industries, improve efficiency, and enhance the quality of life.

Along with its promising advancements, artificial intelligence also brings certain risks and challenges that must be acknowledged and addressed.

It has become the focus of lawmakers, who are working towards greater regulation of the sector.

U.S. and European Union officials recently met in Sweden to weigh up the benefits and challenges of artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies.

“The AI process is creeping up on us,” said Dr Keith Suter, who is a global futurist.

“You’ve got competition between companies.”

It’s almost like some of us can see this raft that’s heading towards the rapids and a disappearance towards the waterfall, and we’re giving a warning but it’s not being heeded because everybody’s in this race to get down to the river,” Dr Suter said.

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Should there be more resources available to American Veterans?



Millions of Americans have served the country, but is there enough support for veterans?

Over the course of the nation’s history, the United States has declared war and fought in conflicts around the world with more than 41-million Americans having fought for freedom.

There are millions of Veterans in the United States who proudly served their country. But, are there enough services to help and support veterans– especially those who suffered atrocities during conflicts?

U.S. Army Veteran Ricoh Danielson joins us to discuss. #uspolitics #Ricoh Danielson #veterans #military #supportveterans #veronicadudo #freedom

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