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Politico.eu.com | UN says forced labor takes place in Xinjiang, Tibet, 18 Aug
Forced labor has taken place in the Xinjiang region of China, the U.N.'s top expert on slavery concluded in a new report which has riled Beijing.

It is "reasonable to conclude that forced labour among Uyghur, Kazakh and other ethnic minorities in sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing" took place in the western region, where China has been accused of human rights abuses against the Uyghur Muslim minority, and a "genocide" by the [U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo].

In stinging remarks, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery Tomoya Obokata added that some aspects of China's Xinjiang policy could even amount to "enslavement as a crime against humanity."

archived CIA Report: Xinjiang Problem, 22-28 May 2022 1,660,001 km2 fly-over

Global Times | Non-jury trial for national security case to ensure a fair trial: HK Department of Justice, 17 Aug

The AFP first reported that dozens of suspects including some who were involved in organizing and planning the so-called "35-plus" political strategy in 2020 would see a non-jury trial as the case involves foreign elements. Citing the relevant documents, the AFP also said the reason of departing from the tradition of jury trial is for the personal safety of jurors and their family members, and a risk of perverting the course of justice if the trial is conducted with a jury.
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The Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance, which incorporated many of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provisions, does not provide for a right to be tried by jury in Hong Kong, so a trial by jury is not a protected right or fundamental right or constitutional right in Hong Kong, Lawrence Ma, barrister and chairman of the Hong Kong Legal Exchange Foundation, told the Global Times on Wednesday.
reference
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 8(3), exceptions; Article 9, omissions
National Security Law of the People's Republic of China (2015)
The Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (2021)
The Lawyers & Jurists Foundation, "SOLICITORS VS BARRISTERS"
by Cat on Thu Aug 18th, 2022 at 05:16:29 PM EST
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