New evidence reveals scale of the surveillance state in China's Xinjiang province; protesters take to the streets in Kazakhstan; satellite images reveal US government's "tent jails" for migrant families; credible reports of abuses by security forces in Venezuela protests; Egyptian leader is tone-deaf on workers' rights; reports of violent pushbacks at Greece-Turkey border; and athlete Caster Semenya loses her appeal for equal treatment... 

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Groundbreaking new HRW research unveiled today shows, for the first time, how Chinese authorities are using a mobile app to carry out illegal mass surveillance and arbitrary detention of Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region.

Protests have been taking place in Kazakhstan calling for the release of all political prisoners and voicing displeasure at the country's regime. In the capital city, Nur-Sultan, there were reports that some police beat protesters with batons. 

Satellite images taken over the US on April 25, 2019 show the rapid construction of migrant tent jails which are intended to house families and children at Border Patrol stations in Texas. 

The BBC is reporting that a woman was shot dead and dozens of people injured in the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Wednesday, in clashes between opposition supporters and pro-government forces. Tear gas and water cannon were fired by the military amid rival demonstrations.

On International Workers' Day yesterday, Egypt's President had a uniquely tone deaf message for those struggling to make ends meet. 

A group of Turkish asylum seekers has claimed that, following their attempt to cross the Turkish border via a river in northeastern Greece on Friday, they were pushed back after being beaten by masked men with batons.

And finally, the South African athlete Caster Semenya has lost her appeal to challenge new regulations which would see her compelled to undergo unnecessary medical treatment or be forced out of competition - a move which "stigmatizes, stereotypes, and discriminates against all women”. 

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