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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 09.09.2022

Queen Elizabeth II has died

Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years. She died peacefully on Thursday afternoon at her Scottish estate, where she had spent much of the summer.

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UN approves Austria’s Volker Turk as new human rights chief

Turk’s immediate challenge is to follow up on previous UN rights chief’s report on abuse of Uighurs in China’s Xinjiang.The United Nations General Assembly has approved the appointment of Austrian diplomat and veteran UN staffer Volker Turk as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to replace former commissioner Michelle Bachelet.

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China’s Plan to Revise Constitution Could Enshrine ‘Xi Thought’

China’s ruling Communist Party will revise its constitution to include “major strategic thinking,” state media reported, in a sign President Xi Jinping’s doctrine could be further elevated.The top decision-making Politburo decided at a Friday meeting to “write major theoretical points of view and major strategic thinking into the party constitution” at next month’s 20th party congress, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

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New UK Security Minister Calls For Hikvision, Dahua Ban

The newly-appointed Minister for Security, Tom Tugendhat, has called for the UK to stop buying video surveillance from providers who profit from Xinjiang such as Hikvision and Dahua.

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U.S. Lawmakers Press Customs on Enforcement of Uyghur Forced Labor Law

A group of lawmakers are putting pressure on U.S. Customs over the importation of goods from China’s Xinjiang region, questioning how it is applying tough new restrictions that have forced many companies to re-examine their supply chains.

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China's creeping media influence and how democracies can repel it

The Chinese Communist Party does not take kindly to criticism, either at home or abroad.But while its extremely low Press Freedom Index ranking reveals the extreme measures it takes to control information in China, influencing media narratives around the world is more difficult.

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China Criticises Italy's Media For Its Report On Beijing's 'practice' Of Organ Harvesting

Italy has become the target of Chinese propaganda after an article on organ harvesting was published in the Italian weekly magazine Panorama. The Chinese Communist Party is aiming to penetrate democratic countries through its long arm, according to Marco Respinti's article in Bitter Winter, a newspaper that advocates human rights and religious freedom.

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