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Australia joins United States in diplomatic boycott of 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

Australia will join the US in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the decision was in response to “human rights abuses” in China’s Xinjiang province and “many other issues that Australia has consistently raised”. Athletes would still attend, he added. China has condemned the US announcement […]

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Australian University wants ‘unethical’ facial recognition study of Uyghur minority group be retracted

An Australian university is calling for a controversial facial recognition study by an ex-faculty member to be retracted by its publisher. The research, which was co-funded by China, used facial recognition software to identify members of the Uyghur minority group. But Curtin University said the study breached ethics guidelines, with the subjects not giving informed […]

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Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province forced to make solar panels, report claims

China is using forced labour from Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province for the production of solar panels, a new investigation has found. China Xinjiang province produces about 45% of the world’s supply of a key component, polysilicon, the research by the UK’s Sheffield Hallam University says. The report says the material is obtained under a […]