Bombshell UN Xinjiang report lists litany of rights abuses

The United Nations released a bombshell report into serious human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region late Wednesday, saying torture allegations were credible and citing possible crimes against humanity. The report, in the making for around a year, was released in Geneva at 11:47 pm (2147 GMT) on Wednesday — just 13 minutes before Michelle … Read more

Forced labour, possible ‘enslavement’ in China’s Xinjiang: UN expert

Minorities have been drafted into forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region in sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing, a report by an independent UN expert has concluded, in what it said could amount to “enslavement as a crime against humanity”. Beijing has been accused of detaining over a million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in … Read more

US Supreme Court strikes down right to abortion

Anti-abortion activists celebrate outside the US Supreme Court after it struck down the right to abortion The US Supreme Court on Friday struck down the right to abortion in a seismic ruling that shredded five decades of constitutional protections and prompted several right-leaning states to impose immediate bans on the procedure. The conservative-dominated court overturned … Read more

UN says Israeli fire killed Al Jazeera journalist

The United Nations says that its findings show that the shot that killed Al Jazeera TV journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on May 11 was fired by Israeli forces. The Palestinian-American journalist, who was wearing a vest marked “Press” and a helmet, was killed while covering an Israeli army operation in Jenin camp in the northern … Read more

US ‘concerned’ after UN human rights chief visits China

The UN rights envoy says her contentious visit to China was ‘not an investigation’ The United States expressed concern on Saturday over China’s “efforts to restrict and manipulate” the UN human rights chief’s visit to the Xinjiang region where Beijing is accused of detaining over a million people in indoctrination camps. Michelle Bachelet’s long-planned trip … Read more

Xi speaks with UN rights chief as Xinjiang row rages

Chinese President Xi Jinping held a video call with UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday, as she visits Xinjiang during a mission overshadowed by fresh allegations of Uyghur abuses and fears she is being used as a public relations tool. China’s Communist Party is accused of detaining over one million Uyghurs and other Muslim … Read more

Uyghurs urge UN rights chief to ask hard questions in Xinjiang

Map of China’s north-western Xinjiang region showing suspected detention centers, according to satellite imagery analyzed by the Xinjiang Data Project of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Uyghurs have urged UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet to avoid falling victim to a public relations stunt as her trip to China enters a delicate new phase on … Read more

UN human rights chief to begin contentious China visit

The UN human rights chief was Monday due to begin a six-day trip to China that takes in the remote Xinjiang region, stirring fears over access and the propaganda value the visit offers to the Chinese Communist Party. The tour by Michelle Bachelet scores the first by the UN’s top official rights in nearly two … Read more

Tensions high ahead of Al Jazeera journalist funeral in Jerusalem

A portrait of Abu Akleh and the Palestinian flag are displayed on a building in the Qatari capital Doha Israel bolstered security in Jerusalem ahead of the funeral on Friday of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, two days after she was killed during an Israeli army raid. Israel and the Palestinians have traded … Read more

Palestinians honour slain journalist, reject joint probe

Mourners react as the body of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh arrives in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah on May 12 Thousands of Palestinians on Thursday honored Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh at a memorial service in the occupied West Bank, a day after she was shot dead during an … Read more