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Amnesty International Admits to ‘Undermining’ Alexei Navalny in Prank Zoom Call

A pair of pro-Kremlin humorists who call themselves “Vovan and Lexus” on Thursday tricked top Amnesty International (AI) managers into admitting they “undermined” captive Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, and seriously damaged their own credibility, by stripping Navalny of his “prisoner of conscience” status this week after an intense pressure campaign orchestrated by Russian media operatives.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny looks on ahead of a hearing at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg on November 15, 2018. - ?Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny heads on November 15 to the European Court of Human Rights which will rule on whether his repeated arrests …

TikTok to Pay $92M to Settle Lawsuits over User Privacy

The Chinese-owned social media app TikTok has reportedly agreed to pay $92 million to settle dozens of lawsuits alleging that the app harvested personal data from users without consent and shared the data with third-parties, including some in China. Experts are calling it one of the largest privacy-related payouts in history.

A teenager presents a smartphone with the logo of Chinese social network Tik Tok, on January 21, 2021 in Nantes, western France. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo by LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)

Rights Groups Target Olympic Sponsors Ahead of Beijing Games

In one corner are the 15 leading Olympic sponsors, many household names like Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Visa, Toyota, Samsung and General Electric. Together they pay at least $1 billion to the International Olympic Committee, and in the next four-year Olympic cycle the payments could reach $2 billion.

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Muslims in Eastern Hainan, China, Report Growing Persecution

Voice of America News (VOA) reported on Wednesday the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is targeting a new Muslim community for persecution, much like the Uyghurs of Xinjiang province: a much smaller group called the Utsuls who live primarily on the tropical resort island of Hainan.

In this September 2016 file photo, Uyghur men leave after eating a holiday meal during the Corban Festival on September 13, 2016 in Turpan County, in the far western Xinjiang province, China. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Human Rights Watch: China Arresting Uyghurs at Skyrocketing Rates

Authorities in western China’s Xinjiang region are formally prosecuting ethnic Uyghurs at a higher rate than in previous years, and have increased the length of prison sentences for the Turkic minority group native to the Central Asian territory, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Wednesday.

Supporters and members of the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement rally outside the White House to urge the United States to end trade deals with China and take action to stop the oppression of the Uyghur and other Turkic peoples August 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

China Assails Five Eyes Intelligence Network ‘Axis of White Supremacy’

Members of the Five Eyes intelligence network were denigrated as members of an “axis of white ­supremacy” by Beijing on Tuesday, as China’s state-sanctioned media went on the attack just 48-hours after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned “white supremacy” is an increasing threat to global security.

A military officer (C) shouts an order to soldiers of the Guards of Honour of the Three Services of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) during a training session at a barracks in Beijing on July 21, 2011. The honour guard troops were established in March 1952 and is the …