IPAC Newsletter 19 November 2021

IPAC LEADS GLOBAL OPPOSITION TO PRC INTERPOL BID: IPAC members called on their governments to oppose the candidacy of PRC official Hu Binchen to the INTERPOL Executive Committee at the organisation’s General Assembly later this month. The letter, signed by 50 parliamentarians from over 20 countries, warned that the PRC’s abuse of the INTERPOL Red Notice system is a threat to activists and dissidents globally. The Guardian.Sydney Morning Herald.Libération. Times of India.Washington Post.

US SET TO ANNOUNCE DIPLOMATIC BOYCOTT OF BEIJING OLYMPICS: President Biden is reportedly set to announce that US government officials will not attend the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, in a major breakthrough for IPAC’s campaign on the Games. IPAC members globally have reiterated their support for a diplomatic boycott through the #NoRightsNoShow campaign, while IPAC UK MPs have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanding the UK announce a diplomatic boycott of the games. The Telegraph.Politico.

IPAC CALLS FOR RESPONSE TO PENG SHUAI DISAPPEARANCE: Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has not been seen or heard in public since she alleged on social media that a former PRC vice-premier Zhang Gaoli had sexually assaulted her. Peng is believed to be a victim of enforced disappearance, along with an estimated 55,000 held in incommunicado detention in recent years. IPAC statement.

UYGHUR FORCED LABOUR COTTON OBSCURED IN GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS: A new report from the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice has revealed how cotton produced by state-sponsored coercive labour transfer programmes in the Uyghur Region enters the global supply chains untraced. IPAC has called for governments to raise minimum levels of transparency and disclosure in international supply chains. Report.IPAC Statement.