IPAC Newsletter 30 April 2021

IPAC Global
IPAC and Rep. Ami Bera launched the #LetTaiwanHelp campaign calling for Taiwan to participate in the upcoming World Health Assembly, announced in a video statement featuring IPAC members from 12 legislatures. 

The campaign drew significant media coverage and was recognised by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen.

Alongside the campaign, a resolution led by IPAC Co-Chair Senator Pavel Fischer calling on the WHO to admit Taiwan to the WHA passed the Czech Senate unanimously. A similar resolution has been tabled by IPAC Co-Chair Senator André Gattolin and will be debated by the French Senate next week. 

The Czech Senate approved a motion led by IPAC Co-Chair Pavel Fischer re-iterating recommendations that the Czech government terminate its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in light of the undermining of democracy and the rule of law in the city. 

European Parliament 
A series of letters signed by IPAC MEPs Engin Eroglu, Miriam Lexmann, Reinhard Bütikofer and Anna Fotyga called on 10 EU member states to terminate extradition treaties with China. The letter cited the impact of the passing of Hong Kong’s National Security Law last year. 

The European Parliament debated the impact of Chinese government sanctions on EU parliamentarians, with Reinhard Bütikofer labelling the moves an “attack on the heart of European democracy”.

United Kingdom  
IPAC Member Nus Ghani MP called on the UK government to implement targeted sanctions on Chinese government officials profiting from the use of Uyghur forced labour, as the UK announced enhancements to its global sanctions regime.