IPAC Newsletter 12 November 2021

UK SAFE HAVEN BID FOR YOUNG HONG KONGERS: A cross-party group of UK MPs led by IPAC member Damian Green have tabled an amendment to extend the British Nationals (Overseas) visa scheme to young Hong Kongers who have one or more parents holding a BN(O) passport. The amendment would allow those born after the 1997 handover – who form the bulk of pro-democracy activists sought by Beijing – to take advantage of the existing BN(O) visa offer. The IndependentPolitics UK.Amendment text (Hong Kong Watch).

IPAC CALLS ON UKRAINE TO STOP DEPORTATION OF FLEEING KAZAKH: Parliamentarians from 13 countries have written to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky raising the case of Kazakh asylum seeker Yilisen Aierken. Aierken currently faces deportation to P. R. China, where he would be at severe risk of arbitrary detention, torture and persecution. 

GEN NAKATANI SELECTED AS HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISOR TO PM : Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is set to appoint IPAC Co-Chair Gen Nakatani as his Special Advisor on Human Rights. Nakatani has led the Japan Parliamentary Alliance on China in calling for Japan to establish a Magnitsky-style targeted human rights sanctions regime. NHKSwiss Info

UYGHUR TRIBUNAL SET TO DELIVER JUDGEMENT: Sir Geoffrey Nice QC will deliver the Uyghur Tribunal’s judgment, concluding the independent inquiry’s investigation into alleged Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity in the Uyghur Region. The conclusion will be delivered on the 9th of December, with details for in person and online attendance here