IPAC Newsletter 19 February 2021

IPAC members Garnett Genuis MP and Esther McPherson MP led calls for the Canadian government to declare China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims a “genocide” in an opposition motion debated in Parliament. The motion will be voted on next week. 

EU Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis was questioned by IPAC member Paolo Formentini MP on the EU-China CAI investment deal in a Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing. Formentini criticised the CAI deal’s weak language on forced labour in Xinjiang and called for greater transatlantic cooperation. 

IPAC co-chairs Rep. Gen Nakatani and Rep. Shiori Yamao met with Cllr. Adachi Masashi, economic and political advisor to the Japanese Prime Minister, to present an IPAC statement on reports of systemic torture and sexual abuse in Xinjiang detention camps. 

A resolution in the Lithuanian Parliament condemning reports of torture and other abuses in Xinjiang’s prison camps was tabled by IPAC co-chair Dovilė Šakalienė. The resolution also calls for international investigations into alleged genocide against Uyghurs and will be voted on next month. 

IPAC members of the National Council Foreign Affairs Committee debated a motion condemning the deteriorating human rights situation in Xinjiang, narrowly defeated by 13 to 11 votes

United Kingdom 
Threats to issue sanctions against any countries that boycotted the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics were made through Chinese state media in response to calls made by IPAC members Chris Bryant MP and Lord Alton MP for the government and the British Olympic Association act over human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region.