IPAC Newsletter 02 July 2021

European Parliament
IPAC MEPs Miriam Lexmann, Reinhard Bütikofer and Anna Fotyga called on EU leaders to back sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for the crackdown in Hong Kong and to terminate extradition agreements with China. The recommendations were made in a joint letter with the chairs of the informal Hong Kong Watch Group in the European Parliament. 

Denmark, Norway and Sweden 
IPAC Scandinavia Co-Chairs Uffe Elbaek, Fredrik Malm, Michael Tetzschner and Trine-Skei Grande called for democratic states to heed the lessons of Hong Kong’s repression and reduce economic dependency on China, in a joint op-ed for Svenka Daglabet to mark the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party.

A motion led by IPAC MP Nicolas Walder called for the Switzerland-China Free Trade Agreement to be updated to include a binding chapter on human and social rights. The motion was passed by a majority of the Foreign Affairs Commission and will be submitted to parliament in a forthcoming session.

United Kingdom
Lord David Alton called on the government to scrutinise the role of technology firms Huawei and Hikvision in delivering the mass surveillance and repression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, in a debate on the Telecommunications Security Bill.