IPAC Newsletter 14 May 2021

IPAC Global
The IPAC Co-Chairs released a statement in response to reports revealing widespread use of Uyghur forced labour in global solar supply chains, with the Xinjiang Uyghur region responsible for 45% of global production in solar grade polysilicon. IPAC calls for democratic states to take coordinated action to ensure supply chains for critical green technologies are not tainted by these abuses. Read the full report here.

IPAC members Els Van Hoof, Samuel Cogolati and Georges Dallemagne were among the leading signatories to a letter calling for Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization, signed by 1000 parliamentarians in Europe. They were joined by IPAC Italy Co-Chair Senator Lucio Malan.

Questions led by IPAC Co-Chair Garnett Genuis at the Canada-China Parliamentary Committee scrutinized the role of Confucius Institutes attached to Canadian Universities, highlighting their control under Chinese Communist Party bodies. Watch the intervention here.

IPAC Co-Chair Uffe Elbaek accused the Chinese government of trying to  to “scare European politicians into silence” after threats made against him and other EU parliamentarians. Full interview here.

European Parliament
Requirements for European NGOs operating in China to be led by Chinese citizens was slammed as a “scandal” IPAC Co-Chair Reinhard Bütikofer MEP. The changes would be agreed under the EU-China CAI investment deal. Full comment here.

Earlier IPAC Co-Chair Miriam Lexmann MEP had labelled continued attempts to push through the CAI deal as “geopolitically ill-timed, economically weak and morally wrong.

The Japan Nonpartisan Association for Reconsidering Human Rights Diplomacy held its second general meeting, discussing avenues to introduce a Magnitsky-style human rights sanctions regime and supply chains due diligence legislation. The group, led by IPAC Co-Chairs Rep. Gen Nakatani and Rep. Shiori Yamao, has expanded to include 82 parliamentarians. 

United Kingdom
Minister for Asia Nigel Adams MP responded to a letter led by IPAC UK members following reports of an “unprecedented” campaign against Tibetan culture and identity uncovered by the Tibet Advocacy Coalition. Read the full response here.