IPAC Weekly Newsletter: 13 November 2020

IPAC Global
63 IPAC members representing 14 legislatures signed a letter calling on the International Criminal Court to accept a complaint alleging Chinese government Uyghur genocide in Xinjiang. The initiative received widespread press attention

IPAC members Sen. Kimberley Kitching, Tim Wilson MP and Sen. James Paterson made statements to the media urging Australia to take tough action to hold China to account for its violation of international law in Hong Kong. 

The Canadian government announced a new ‘lifeboat’ immigration initiative to attract young Hong Konger’s to Canada. Co-chairs Garnett Genuis MP and Hon. Irwin Cotler have led IPAC Canada members in calling for this move. 

European Union
IPAC MEPs Miriam Lexmann, Reinhard Bütikofer and Anna Fotyga led the informal European Parliament Hong Kong watch caucus in issuing a statement of solidarity with opposition lawmakers in Hong Kong. 

IPAC members Enrico Borghi MP, Paolo Formentini MP, Roberto Giachetti MP, Sen. Lucio Malan and Sen. Roberto Rampi signed a cross-party statement urging the Italian government to condemn China’s actions in Hong Kong.

IPAC satellite group the Japan Parliamentary Alliance on China held a public meeting to express solidarity with Hong Kong opposition legislators and reiterated calls for a Japanese Magnitsky sanctions regime. Rep. Shiori Yamao had also raised these issues in parliamentary questions

IPAC member Maria Nilsson MP addressed Parliament highlighting security concerns around Chinese investment in national infrastructure and questioning the impact of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment on these issues. 

United Kingdom 
IPAC member Layla Moran MP secured an Urgent Question on the exclusion of four Hong Kong opposition lawmakers. IPAC MPs Sir Iain Duncan Smith, Chris Bryant, Imran Ahmad Khan, Fiona Bruce, Alyn Smith and Alistair Carmichael all made speeches of support, with many urging the government to adopt sanctions against Chinese officials. 

United States
IPAC co-chair Sen. Marco Rubio issued a bi-partisan statement slamming the ousting of pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong.