IPAC Weekly Newsletter: 11 December 2020

IPAC Global 
IPAC members took part in the #FreeChinaHostages Christmas cards campaign, highlighting the plight of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor on the second anniversary of their imprisonment in China. 

IPAC member Kevin Andrews MP led a Human Rights Sub-Committee report calling for Australia to introduce a Magnitsky human rights sanctions regime. 

European Union 
The European Union has officially adopted a sanctions regime that would implement travel bans and asset freezes against those found responsible for grave human rights abuses. IPAC MEPs have consistently called for this legislation. 

IPAC co-chairs Michael Brand MdB and Margarete Bause MdB made speeches to the Bundestag, calling for a stronger response to human rights violations in Hong Kong and China. 

IPAC members Rep. Shiori Yamao, Gen. Nakatani, and Sen. Hiroshi Yamada met with Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato to highlight the sentencing of Hong Kong activists and pressed for a Japanese Magnitsky human rights sanctions regime.

New Zealand
IPAC co-chair Louisa Wall MP was interviewed by Sky News on IPAC calls for solidarity with Australia in the face of increasing pressure from the Chinese government.

United Kingdom
The House of Lords passed an amendment proposed by IPAC members Lord Alton and Baroness Kennedy to revoke trade deals with genocidal states, creating a mechanism within the UK High Court for preliminary genocide determination. The legislation awaits approval in the Commons. 

IPAC member Alyn Smith MP secured an Urgent Question on the sentencing of Hong Kong activists and arrest of Jimmy Lai. IPAC MPs Chris Bryant, Layla Moran, and Sir Iain Duncan Smith intervened, many condemning HSBC for their freezing of Hong Kong activist Ted Hui’s finances.