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Do you ever think about privacy? About the traces you leave in the on- and offline world? Sometimes that's a conscious decision, but more often than not we don't know how much data has been accumulated - and by whom. That's not so much of a mystery in China. The authorities there have rolled out a social credit system that they want to introduce all over the country by 2020.
China's social credit system is designed to collect as much information as possible to then reward and punish citizens. I turned to Maya Wang who's with Human Rights Watch and has done extensive research on China's surveillance. I started out by asking her if there is any way for citizens to circumvent such controls.
Rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong has been handed a two-year jail term on the charge of "inciting subversion of state power." The verdict is the latest in a crackdown on activism that international critics fear is worsening.
EU-backed agreements between Italy and Libya have reduced the number of migrants reaching EU shores. But the cost has been "unimaginable horrors," according to the UN human rights commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein.
Military outside Zimbabwe capital after army chief's threat+++Kenya’s parliament debates a draft bill calling to divide the country in two+++Human Rights Watch releases new report detailing the plight od Tanzanian domestic workers in the Gulf countries.