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From Peng Shuai to Xinjiang: Beijing Olympics overshadowed by several controversies
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From Peng Shuai to Xinjiang: Beijing Olympics overshadowed by several controversies

With just over 70 days to go, here's look at the issues hanging over the Olympics

Formula 1 'duty bound' to raise awareness of human rights, says Lewis Hamilton ahead of Qatar GP
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Formula 1 'duty bound' to raise awareness of human rights, says Lewis Hamilton ahead of Qatar GP

Hamilton has spoken out on human rights issues before and played a role in the release of a political prisoner earlier this year.

Amnesty urges immediate relief for famine-hit Madagascar amid severe drought
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Amnesty urges immediate relief for famine-hit Madagascar amid severe drought

More than a million people on the country's parched southern tip are on the brink of famine and some are already dying, the rights watchdog said, as it has been hit by the worst drought in four decades

Talibanisation of Texas: Greg Abbott approves Bill banning transgender students from participating in sports in schools
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Talibanisation of Texas: Greg Abbott approves Bill banning transgender students from participating in sports in schools

House Bill 25 will require students who compete in interscholastic competitions to play on sports teams that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate at or near their time of birth

Jailed Russian Opposition leader Alexei Navalny wins EU's top human rights prize
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Jailed Russian Opposition leader Alexei Navalny wins EU's top human rights prize

The 45-year-old activist was poisoned with a nerve agent last year and promptly arrested upon his return to Moscow from treatment in Germany and later imprisoned

NHRC chief hails Amit Shah as harbinger of new era in J&K; urges human right defenders to condemn political violence, terror
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NHRC chief hails Amit Shah as harbinger of new era in J&K; urges human right defenders to condemn political violence, terror

Lamenting that humans were hell-bent on destroying humanity, NHRC chairperson justice (retd) Arun Kumar Mishra said, in the 20th Century a large number of people have died due to political violence globally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend G20 Extraordinary Leaders' Summit on Afghanistan virtually tomorrow
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend G20 Extraordinary Leaders' Summit on Afghanistan virtually tomorrow

The agenda of the summit will include a discussion on response to humanitarian needs, security and the fight against terrorism and human rights in Afghanistan

As China’s Belt and Road Initiative steams ahead in Africa, West plays catch up
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As China’s Belt and Road Initiative steams ahead in Africa, West plays catch up

There is not much detail on the Build Back Better World initiative as it applies to Africa, but there certainly is a newfound Western interest in the continent because of heightened Chinese activities in the region

ICC's new prosecutor to deprioritise probe into US crimes in Afghanistan, focus on Islamist groups
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ICC's new prosecutor to deprioritise probe into US crimes in Afghanistan, focus on Islamist groups

Amnesty International campaigner Samira Hamidi said a US drone strike days before the pullout wiped out 10 members of an Afghan family shows that the ICC "needs to revisit this decision"

Taliban interfering with work, seized offices, says Afghan human rights commission
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Taliban interfering with work, seized offices, says Afghan human rights commission

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission has expressed doubt in the Taliban’s willingness to respect the organisation's mandate and independence

Pakistan NSA criticises ‘wait and watch’ policy on recognising Taliban regime, warns of Afghanistan's economic collapse
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Pakistan NSA criticises ‘wait and watch’ policy on recognising Taliban regime, warns of Afghanistan's economic collapse

National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf said the world in its own interest should talk directly to the Taliban on their concerns, including counterterrorism, human rights, inclusive government, or other issues

Afghan aid groups struggle to help population at risk with limited resources; foreign funds frozen
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Afghan aid groups struggle to help population at risk with limited resources; foreign funds frozen

Attempts by Western governments and international financial institutions to deprive the Taliban-controlled government of other funding sources until its intentions are clearer has Afghan’s most vulnerable citizens hurting

US Senate votes to ban products from China's Xinjiang over human rights violations of Uyghur Muslims
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US Senate votes to ban products from China's Xinjiang over human rights violations of Uyghur Muslims

The measure now heads to the House of Representatives, which must pass it if it is to reach President Joe Biden's desk for his signature

UN human rights chief calls for moratorium on AI technology use, flags it as 'risk' to civilization
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UN human rights chief calls for moratorium on AI technology use, flags it as 'risk' to civilization

AI-based technologies can be a force for good but they can also 'have negative, even catastrophic effects' Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement

Joe Biden resurfaces with heartless speech on Afghanistan but it's clear that US foreign policy getting real now
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Joe Biden resurfaces with heartless speech on Afghanistan but it's clear that US foreign policy getting real now

Despite all the finger-pointing and deflecting the blame for the debacle on to others, Biden still managed to sound unrepentant and morally superior, even claiming martyrdom at the end

World Population Day: As UP invites suggestions, a look at India's history of population control
India

World Population Day: As UP invites suggestions, a look at India's history of population control

These critics argue that rich people have imposed population control on the poor for decades. And, they say, such coercive attempts to control the world's population often backfired and were sometimes harmful

World Population Day 2021: History, significance and theme of occassion observed on 11 July
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World Population Day 2021: History, significance and theme of occassion observed on 11 July

Every year, World Population Day is observed on 11 July to draw people's attention towards overpoulation on a national as well as global level

Explained: As photo appears to show Dubai's Princess Latifa in Spain, timeline of events surrounding her 'disappearance'
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Explained: As photo appears to show Dubai's Princess Latifa in Spain, timeline of events surrounding her 'disappearance'

Some users went one step further to highlight the seemingly staged pictures of Latifa making rounds on social media, showing her enjoying a greater degree of freedom.

China accuses G7 of 'political manipulation' following criticism over record in Xinjiang, Hong Kong
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China accuses G7 of 'political manipulation' following criticism over record in Xinjiang, Hong Kong

G7 leaders slammed China over abuses against minorities in the Xinjiang region and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, while the US called for Beijing to "start acting more responsibly in terms of international norms on human rights"

In photos: How Guatemalan lives are being upturned by failed immigration bids
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In photos: How Guatemalan lives are being upturned by failed immigration bids

The COVID-19 pandemic initially blunted migration to the U.S. last year, but numbers were soon on the rise again.