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The Adani Group denies engaging with Myanmar’s military leadership over port deal but video suggest otherwise. The Adani Group is paying up to $US52 million ($68.1 million) to a Myanmar military-controlled company that has just been slapped with sanctions by the United States over human rights violations.

The Adani Group denies engaging with Myanmar’s military leadership over port deal but video suggest otherwise

Key points: China tells UN Australia's offshore detention centres violate human rights, don't have adequate conditions. China says it is "deeply concerned" by the Australian government's operation of offshore detention centres, and called for the sites to be closed immediately.

China tells UN Australia's offshore detention centres violate human rights, don't have adequate conditions

Key points: China says the human rights of those in offshore detention centres have been violatedIt has also called on Australia to investigate "serious war crimes" committed by soldiers overseasChina has been accused of detaining up to a million people, mostly Uyghur and other Muslim minorities, in a vast system of camps Ties between the two countries soured in 2018 when Australia became the first nation to publicly ban China's Huawei from its 5G network and worsened when Australia last year called for an inquiry into the origins of coronavirus. It did not specify any locations, describing them as "third countries".

Asylum seekers intercepted at sea en route to Australia are sent for processing to Papua New Guinea or to the South Pacific island of Nauru. Writing Black Lives Matter: Maxine Beneba Clarke and Angie Thomas on their latest books for children and young people. Angie Thomas currently has not one but two books on the New York Times' Young Adult bestsellers list.

Writing Black Lives Matter: Maxine Beneba Clarke and Angie Thomas on their latest books for children and young people

It's a rare feat, all the more remarkable because one of the books isn't even a new release. The Hate U Give was directly inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and while it was hugely successful on its release in 2017, the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery in 2020 saw it re-enter the bestsellers list. Human Rights Watch alarmed at Australian company developing high-tech weapons system in the United Arab Emirates. A Canberra-based defence company will help develop a new "chain-driven machine gun" in the United Arab Emirates, sparking concerns from human rights advocates.

Human Rights Watch alarmed at Australian company developing high-tech weapons system in the United Arab Emirates

Electro Optic Systems will produce a new weapon for the UAE, which has been accused of war crimes in YemenHuman Rights Watch's Elaine Pearson described the arrangement as "really concerning"The Defence Department has declined to say whether the deal complies with Australian treaty obligations Last month, Electro Optic Systems (EOS) signed an agreement with the UAE's Tawazun Strategic Development Fund (SDF) to begin work on the high-tech weapon. The joint venture aims to produce a highly lethal system that has "lighter weight, improved accuracy, lower stoppage, reduced recoil and enhanced logistic support" for the UAE, which has been accused of war crimes in Yemen.

Elaine Pearson, Australia director at Human Rights Watch, described the arrangement between an Australian company and a UAE government agency as "really concerning". Mohammad was placed on a temporary protection visa as a child — now he's seemingly stuck with it for life. Hoda Afshar documents Australian government whistleblowers in new photography and film project. A young woman who witnessed the inhumane treatment of refugees in offshore detention; an officer who saw the corruption of the Australian Defence Force firsthand; a disability care worker who uncovered a system of physical abuse of children and adults with autism.

Hoda Afshar documents Australian government whistleblowers in new photography and film project

These are just three of the Australian whistleblowers whose portraits are hanging outside Melbourne's St Paul's Cathedral. Among them are ABC's Afghan Files whistleblower David McBride, and Witness K lawyer Bernard Collaery — both of whom face significant jail time for speaking up. "They are all people who spoke out about some form of corruption or wrongdoing ... and they all thought that basically, by doing so, the issue will be taken care of and resolved," says artist Hoda Afshar. Afshar took their portraits as part of a project named Agonistes, after the Greek word designating a person engaged in a struggle. The power of images "It was a transformation of a secular society into an Islamic one... SBS to temporarily stop airing Chinese state TV amid concerns over forced prisoner confessions. SBS has announced it is temporarily suspending its daily broadcast of the Chinese government's Mandarin news bulletin after a human rights group accused the public broadcaster of possibly airing forced confessions.

SBS to temporarily stop airing Chinese state TV amid concerns over forced prisoner confessions

Key points: Until now SBS has broadcast CCTV bulletins on SBS Viceland every morningSBS says it will suspend the bulletins while it completes a reviewSafeguard Defenders says more than 50 forced confessions have been shown on CCTV in the last seven years The group, named Safeguard Defenders, is the same one that successfully lobbied the UK television regulator to ban China's English-language state television channel last month.

Run by Swedish human rights activist Peter Dahlin, the group lodged a complaint accusing SBS of breaching its own code of conduct by airing a daily news program from CCTV-4, a channel of China's government broadcaster. A spokesman told the ABC: "SBS has received a complaint which it is currently reviewing. " They've left South Asia, but they can't escape the discrimination and division of its caste system. When I was at university, another South Asian asked me what my caste was.

They've left South Asia, but they can't escape the discrimination and division of its caste system

I replied that I didn't know. But as Jasbeer Mustafa, an academic from Western Sydney University, told me: "If you don't know your caste, it's most likely you're upper caste. " As a new migrant to Australia I was surprised when I learnt caste discrimination exists in a country so far removed geographically and culturally from South Asia. I grew up in Mumbai, and it wasn't until the Dalit Lives Matter movement was retriggered by the murder of a Dalit in India last September that I started to question the caste system and the role I played in it. China bans Clubhouse app as thousands share stories about Xinjiang and Tiananmen Square. It was an incredible moment: a Chinese woman delivering an emotional public apology to a woman from the country's oppressed Uyghur minority.

China bans Clubhouse app as thousands share stories about Xinjiang and Tiananmen Square

I was one of more than 1,000 people there to witness it. Key points: Invite-only app Clubhouse hosted conversations on sensitive topics in ChinaOne Uyghur user of the app said he was "shocked" and "moved" by conversations with netizens from mainland ChinaThe app was censored in China this week after thousands discussed Xinjiang and the Tiananmen Square massacre. Uyghur advocates speak out after horrifying accounts of rape and torture in Xinjiang camps in China. Uyghur advocacy groups have renewed calls for the international community to take action after the BBC published horrifying new accounts of rape and torture in China's network of internment camps in Xinjiang.

Uyghur advocates speak out after horrifying accounts of rape and torture in Xinjiang camps in China

WARNING: Some people may find the contents in this article distressing. Key points: One woman told the BBC that she was tortured and gang-raped on three occasions by Chinese menAnother said she was tortured by guards who raped them with electrified sticksThe accusations drew a horrified response from several Australian Government MPs The BBC spoke to several women who said they had been subjected to systematic sexual violence, torture and rape from guards in the camp. Rio Tinto and BHP battle Apache tribes to build North America's biggest copper mine at sacred Oak Flat site. "This place is very holy and religious to us.

Rio Tinto and BHP battle Apache tribes to build North America's biggest copper mine at sacred Oak Flat site

" Wendsler Nosie Senior, an elder of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, is describing his people's land, Oak Flat or Chi'chil Bildagoteel, in the Arizona desert in the US south-west. The site in the Tonto National Forest is a popular camping and hiking ground and contains sacred cultural heritage locations that include rock carvings, burial sites and the Apache Leap, where Apache warriors jumped to their death after being driven to the edge of the cliff by the US cavalry. But earlier this month, in the dying days of the Trump administration, the US Government handed over Oak Flat to two of the world's biggest mining companies, Rio Tinto and BHP.

Through a joint venture named Resolution Copper, the global miners want to build North America's largest copper mine, on the Apache land, about 100 kilometres from Arizona's capital Phoenix. Woman in custody at Canberra's jail allegedly strip-searched in front of male inmates in 'degrading' act. A female detainee on remand at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) says she was strip-searched in view of a number of male inmates and staff, in what she described as a "degrading" act.

Key points: The 37-year-old Indigenous detainee said she felt "absolute fear and shame" during the alleged incidentThe CEO of a local Aboriginal health service, Julie Tongs, is demanding a full inquiry into the woman's allegationsCorrective Services Minister Mick Gentleman's office is aware of the woman's complaint The Indigenous woman, 37, wrote a letter detailing the alleged incident, which she said occurred after she became upset on learning she would not be able to attend her grandmother's funeral, accompanied by officers, for logistical reasons.

She said she was moved to the crisis support unit due to concerns for her wellbeing, and was placed in a cell where a number of male inmates could see her. "The female officers were in full squad gear," she said. China is building border walls with Vietnam and Myanmar to keep people out, but also in. Border closures have become a key feature of the COVID-19 era, but China's decision to reinforce border walls with its South-East Asian neighbours has stirred up fresh controversy.

Key points: China strengthens borders with Vietnam and MyanmarBeijing says the aim is to target smuggling and control COVID-19Experts say the walls are there to curb the outflow of migrants and dissidents US president Donald Trump gained world-wide attention when he announced his plan in 2015 to build a 1,609-kilometre long "beautiful border wall" in an effort to keep Mexican migrants out of the US. But on the other side of the Pacific, China is working on its own lesser-known projects along the borders of Vietnam and Myanmar.

Uyghur Muslims call on Australia to join United States in accusing China of genocide in Xinjiang. Uyghurs in Australia have said they are elated and relieved after the United States released an official statement accusing China of committing genocide against the Muslim group and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. Key points: Thai court gives record 43-year sentence for insulting king under lese majeste law. A court in Thailand has sentenced a former civil servant to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country's strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy. The woman who was sentenced has only been identified by her first name, Anchan, and is in her 60sViolating Thailand's lese majeste law — known widely as Article 112 — is punishable by three to 15 years' imprisonment per count Anchan was initially sentenced to 87 years, but the punishment was reduced by half because she pleaded guilty The Bangkok Criminal Court found the woman guilty on 29 counts of violating the country's lese majeste law for posting audio clips to Facebook and YouTube with comments deemed critical of the monarchy, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said.

The sentence, which comes amid an ongoing protest movement that has seen unprecedented public criticism of the monarchy, was swiftly condemned by rights groups. Australian professor Lukman Thalib and son Ismail Talib, detained in Qatar without charge for five months, are released. The family of an Australian public health professor and his son who were detained by Qatar for five months without charge and allegedly tortured have expressed joy and relief after the pair were released. Key points: According to an advocacy organisation the pair were subjected to "severe physical and psychological torture"The father and son have gone to Turkey to stay with Mr Thalib's daughterThe family say no formal allegations were made against them Lukman Thalib, 58, an Australian citizen who was the head of the Department of Public Health at Qatar University, and his son Ismail Talib, 24, were arrested at their home in Qatar in July.

The arrests came three months before the United States named another of Mr Thalib's sons as an alleged financial facilitator of the Al Qaeda terror group. Hong Kong civil servants given four weeks to pledge loyalty to the Chinese Government. Hong Kong's 180,000 civil servants have been told they have four weeks to sign a document pledging their loyalty and dedication to the city's mini-constitution and the Chinese Government. Australian Van Kham Chau subject to 'hard labour' in Vietnamese prison, former inmate says.

Australian citizen Van Kham Chau has been subjected to "long hours of hard labour" in a Vietnamese prison, according to a former fellow prison inmate. Key points: US to designate Yemen's Houthis a terrorist group to deter Iran, despite famine warnings. The United States said it would designate Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels as terrorists, a last-ditch move under President Donald Trump that aid groups warned could tip the country into famine. Papua New Guinea town of outcasts gearing up for David and Goliath battle to save community of Bushwara. Julian Assange's extradition to the US rejected by UK court over mental health fears. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face charges including espionage, a London court has ruled. Key points:

Australian Zara Kay, campaigner for ex-Muslim women, left 'traumatised' by arrest in Tanzania over social media post. Zara Kay has been left shaken and traumatised after she was arrested and charged in Tanzania allegedly for a satirical social media post, her friend has said. Key points: Former Huawei employee speaks out on Shenzhen's '996' culture as Chinese city enforces paid leave. For five years, former Huawei employee Zeng Meng embraced China's infamous "996" culture of working from 9:00am to 9:00pm, six days a week. Key points: Australia's Baha'i community pleads for help as arbitrary arrests and home raids escalate in Iran. China jails 10 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists who attempted to flee to Taiwan by speedboat. A group of 10 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists who tried to flee the city by speedboat for sanctuary in Taiwan have all been sentenced to prison by Chinese authorities. Key points: 12 Hong Kong residents attempted to flee to Taiwan by boat in August They were already facing prosecution under controversial national security laws Families and lawyers of the detained were denied access to the group.

The United Arab Emirates is trying to rebrand its image by making changes to its 'antiquated' legal system. Like many expatriates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Australian Frances McGregor thinks Dubai is a modern and glamorous place to call home. This is a city that boasts the world's tallest building, the world's largest shopping mall, a water park just for dogs, and traffic jams comprised entirely of luxury European cars. It has long sold itself to Westerners as a liberal outpost in the Middle East, where you could wear bikinis on the beach and drink in bars and restaurants. Vietnamese truck deaths: UK court finds two men, Eamonn Harrison and Gheorghe Nica, guilty of manslaughter. Donald Trump may leave office holding the record for the most federal executions in 130 years. Australia's Future Fund 'in bed with Adani' after freedom of information request reveals $3.2 million investment - ABC News.

Queensland's Human Rights Commissioner raises concerns over handling of youth and vulnerable people during coronavirus lockdown - ABC News. Nigerian farmers slaughtered, beheaded in retaliation after villagers stand up to gunman - ABC News. Protests in Paris turn violent in wake of footage showing police bashing black music producer Michel Zecler - ABC News. The British stole Benin's bronzes. It's a theft that still hurts - ABC News. Border controls leave an army of invisible workers trapped on floating sweatshops - ABC News.

Ethiopia faces 'full-scale humanitarian crisis' as fighting in Tigray continues, UN says - ABC News. Australian fruit picking exploitation claims prompt push on protections against 'modern slavery' - ABC News. Wagina Island residents win bid to stop bauxite mining plan in Solomon Islands - ABC News. 'Second-class citizens': Call for action over the Australian visa the UN says is a problem - ABC News. Donald Trump's border wall is 'desecrating' sacred Indigenous sites, tribal leaders say. Could the US election change this? - ABC News. Human rights groups call on Qatar to stop criminalising sex outside marriage after treatment of women on Sydney-bound flight - ABC News. Woman on same Qatar airways flight as women who were invasively searched thought plane was being 'hijacked' - ABC News. Lebanese families are taking the treacherous journey across the sea to Cyprus. Little Mohammed didn't make it - ABC News.

Pussy Riot activist stars in dissident theatre group's Australian show - ABC News. We've investigated aged care for the past three years. These are the stories that shocked us - ABC News. Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has dreams for a $700 billion megacity. This woman wants to stop him - ABC News. Hundreds of thousands of people shackled for mental health issues globally, Human Rights Watch says - ABC News. Victorian Government received 'assurances' forced Uyghur labour not used for state's new trains, Daniel Andrews says - ABC News. Darwin man faces 12 years imprisonment for trafficking wife into India, Australian Federal Police says - ABC News. Afghanistan allows mothers' names on birth certificates in 'significant' milestone for women's rights - ABC News.

Queensland Government investigates whether new trains use parts made by slave labour from Chinese Uyghur camps - ABC News. US adds 11 companies to economic blacklist over China's treatment of Uyghurs - ABC News. Uyghur father in Australia fears for his wife and children trapped in Xinjiang - ABC News. COVID-19 has killed more than 500,000 people. But some still don't know the pandemic exists - ABC News. Tonnes of hair products believed to be from China's Xinjiang internment camps seized in US - ABC News. Facial recognition technology prevents crime, but at what cost to human rights and privacy? - ABC News. Untitled. Indonesia condemns abuse of fishermen aboard Chinese boats after release of corpse video - ABC News. Sudan moves to ban female genital mutilation with landmark law - ABC News. Saudi Arabia scraps executions for those who commit crimes as minors, human rights body says. The Netherlands will pay reparations to Indonesian victims of colonial atrocities. Could the UK do the same?

Violence forced the Rohingya to flee Myanmar. Now the coronavirus is threatening their refugee camp. Aboriginal mothers fear there will be a new generation of stolen children. Saudi Arabia executed a record 184 people last year, Amnesty reports. Almost 400 starving Rohingya refugees rescued off Bangladesh coast, 32 dead after months at sea. Coronavirus might be giving some European governments an excuse to tighten grip on power. 'Urgent action' needed over high proportion of Indigenous women in prison, report says.

This is what moving to regional Australia is like when you're a migrant. Jinwar, the Middle East's first feminist commune for Arab, Kurdish, and Yazidi victims of Islamic State. Female seasonal workers gain more than just fruit from their labour - ABC Rural - ABC News. From 'perfect Chinese daughter' to Communist Party critic, why Vicky Xu is exposing China to scrutiny. Extinction Rebellion climate protester testing Human Rights Act on public nuisance charge. Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo mine for coltan and face abuse to supply smartphone industry. Julian Assange, Wikileaks co-founder, asks to be released from dock for extradition hearing to sit with lawyers.

Blackbirding and the boys from Tanna who never came home. Almost 900,000 Syrians are displaced with nowhere to go amid conflict in north-west, UN says. Snow forces Syrians to burn rubbish amid humanitarian crisis, at least 10 children dead. Seasonal worker program faces fresh scrutiny after 70 workers found living in one house - Politics. NSW Police set quota for 241,000 personal searches and strip searches in 12 months, documents reveal. Closing the Gap report shows only two targets on track as PM pushes for Indigenous-led refresh. Iranian-Kurdish metal musician among 80 refugees holed up in Brisbane hotel. Dozens of farm workers found living in five-bedroom building in Latrobe in Tasmania's north. Chinese company with NT farm involved in Xinjiang 'political indoctrination' program.

The China Cables: Leak reveals the scale of Beijing's repressive control over Xinjiang. Jamming the revolving door of women in prison, Jill Prior is putting a new spin on lady justice. A daughter's 40-year search for the truth behind the Khmer Rouge's most haunting photograph. Safe and sound? China launches propaganda blitz to discredit Uyghur #StillNoInfo campaign. Human Rights Watch launches damning report on China, urging action against oppression and abuses - China power. Human Rights Watch chief barred entry to Hong Kong ahead of critical report on China - China power. UN General Assembly votes to condemn human rights abuses of Myanmar's Rohingya. How conservation led to healing bonds between the Kwaio people of the Solomon Islands and Australia. Tesco suspends Chinese supplier after message from Shanghai prisoner reportedly found inside Christmas card.

Fish sold in Australia being caught by modern-day slaves who are forced to spend months at sea. Wounds opened by Islamic State are still healing in Sinjar, five years after their terror began. Australia called to reassess ties to Cambodian microfinance amid reports of child labour, debt bondage. Vannak Prum was sold 'like an animal' into modern slavery. This is his story - RN. Reckon you're not involved in modern slavery? Think again - Hack - triple j. Growing up in Australia isn't easy when you're made to feel different. Hindu sisters Reena and Raveena become face of forced religious conversion in Pakistan. Up to 115 migrants feared dead in 'worst Mediterranean tragedy' so far this year. US retail giant denies factory in Xinjiang makes their clothes despite video, satellite evidence.