IPAC Newsletter 12th March 2021

IPAC Global
Parliamentarians from across the IPAC global network took part in a video message for International Women’s Day, calling for action on the abuses suffered by Uyghur and other minority women in the Xinjiang region. Watch the video here.

European Parliament
IPAC MEP Engin Eroglu led a cross-party letter to EU High Representative Josep Borrell Fontelles expressing concern at the inclusion of Regina Ip in the EU’s representative office in Hong Kong’s International Women’s Day programme. Ip has previously supported the Chinese government’s crackdown in Hong Kong and denied the existence of abuses against Uyghur women in Xinjiang. 

European Union 
Members from across the European Parliament and EU Member State legislatures met to discuss the EU-China CAI investment deal and the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, in a briefing hosted by IPAC co-chairs Reinhard Bütikofer MEP and Miriam Lexmann MEP. 

IPAC co-chair Sen. Malcolm Byrne addressed the Seanad calling for a debate on Ireland’s response to the mass arrests of opposition politicians and undermining of the electoral system in Hong Kong.

United Kingdom
IPAC Member Layla Moran MP secured an Urgent Question debate on China’s changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system. Ten IPAC MPs participated in the debate, reiterating calls for sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for the erosion of democracy in Hong Kong. IPAC member Lord Alton also secured a debate on the issue in the House of Lords

Members of IPAC took part in a debate commemorating International Women’s Day, with Nus Ghani MP and Janet Daby MP taking the opportunity to raise the plight of Uyghur women.