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Good morning, this is Michelle and as Michelle Bachelet concluded over the weekend her visit to Xinjiang, critics have lambasted the UN rights leader for her soft tone over China’s alleged internment of one million Uyghurs and other members of religious minorities in re-education camps.

On the health news front, the World Health Organization has formed a committee that can convene within 24 hours of a global health emergency. Plus, the health agency has issued a report blasting the tobacco industry for being one of the world’s biggest polluters.

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Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, attends a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on her visit to Guangzhou, China.

China trip harshly criticised. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s high profile six-day visit to China wrapped up on Saturday with a virtual press conference for China-based journalists only. A week after a news consortium released the “Xinjiang Police Files”, detailing a repressive system of surveillance and internment of Uyghurs in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, the UN rights chief’s public remarks were highly awaited.

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Odesa Railway station, Ukraine. May 2022. (Credit: Tetiana Bezhenar)

Odesa Railway mobilises to evacuate refugees westwards. From the first days of the war, Odesa Railway workers have been helping evacuate those who are fleeing the Russian army through the city to safer places in Western Ukraine. Our correspondent Tetiana Bezhenar met with one of the workers, Oksana Terletska, a conductor on the Odesa-Rakhiv train.

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Men abducted by Russia in occupied Kherson. Instances of kidnapped men have become a common occurrence in occupied Kherson and its region. It is difficult to calculate how many have been kidnapped – some cases are not being reported officially due to fear or lack of knowledge about how to act in the situation.

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Geneva Global Games 2022. Geneva Solutions is a partner of the incoming Geneva Global Games, an event during which think tanks from all around the world can present their future research project to a panel of experts from the International Geneva ecosystem. Participants have until the end of the week to register.

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