IPAC Newsletter 18 June 2021

IPAC G7 Summit impact
IPAC was established to push democratic states to take a united stance on the challenges posed by the Chinese Communist Party. One year on, these calls were echoed at the G7 Summit. A number of points raised in a letter from the IPAC Co-Chairs to G7 leaders were answered at the G7 Summit, including: 

  • An alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, with the announcing of the Build Back Better World (B3W) infrastructure development fund. 
  • A commitment to remove forced labour from global supply chains, including state-sponsored forced labour in the the agricultural, solar, and garment sectors — the main areas of concern in Xinjiang.
  • Statements on the abuse of human rights in the Uyghur Region and violations of international law in Hong Kong. 

Belgium and Czechia pass motions on Uyghur Genocide 
The Czech Senate and Belgian House of Representatives became the fifth and sixth parliaments to pass resolutions addressing alleged Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity taking place in the Uyghur Region. 

The Czech motion, backed by IPAC Co-Chair Senator Pavel Fischer, declared the Chinese government to be perpetrators of a Genocide against Uyghurs and called for Czechia to stage a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics. The Belgian motion, authored by IPAC Co-Chair Samuel Cogolati MP, labelled Uyghurs to be at a “serious risk” of Genocide and called on the government to terminate its extradition treaty with China. 

IPAC leads Beijing Olympics action in Switzerland and Sweden
An interpellation submitted by IPAC Co-Chair Fabian Molina MP has been submitted to the Swiss Federal Assembly. The motion calls on Swiss officials to decline invitations to attend the Games in light of severe human rights abuses in the Uyghur and Tibetan regions and Hong Kong. 

IPAC Co-Chair Fredrik Malm MP asked Culture Minister Amanda Lind to make a statement on Sweden’s diplomatic representation at the Beijing Winter Olympics, read the question and answer hereRadio France Internationale interviewed Engin Eroglu MEP on IPAC’s Beijing Olympics campaign in the European Parliament. 

UK Parliament debates intimidation of Uyghur witnesses
An Urgent Question debate on Chinese government intimidation of Uyghurs taking part in the independent Uyghur Tribunal was secured by IPAC Co-Chair Sir Iain Duncan Smith. IPAC members taking part in the debate called for the government to commit to examining the findings of the Uyghur Tribunal and to bring forward promised export controls to the Uyghur Region, watch the highlights here. A debate on Amnesty International’s new report into Xinjiang’s prison camps was secured by Lord Alton in the House of Lords.