IPAC Weekly Newsletter: 18 December 2020

IPAC Global
18 IPAC co-chairs wrote letters urging their respective foreign ministers to issue statements in support of Australia against China’s attempts at bullying and coercion. Those petitioned included Canada, Czechia, Denmark, the EU, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and the UK. Coverage here

A database of the Shanghai Chinese Communist Party branch membership register leaked from non-governmental sources to IPAC and then passed on to journalists for verification revealed the extent of CCP infiltration in major multinational companies, universities and diplomatic missions.

IPAC advisor Adrian Zenz released new evidence documenting widespread forced labour within the Xinjiang cotton picking industry, responsible for 20% of global production. 

European Parliament 
The European Parliament passed a joint resolution co-authored by IPAC MEPs Reinhard Bütikofer, Miriam Lexmann and Engin Eroglu condemning the Chinese government’s treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang. The resolution called for import bans on goods tainted by forced labour and sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for abuses

IPAC members Michael Brand MdB and Gyde Jensen MdB addressed the Bundestag, raising concerns on new reports of forced labour in Xinjiang and continuing abuses in Hong Kong. 

IPAC co-chair Margarete Bause asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel to provide guarantees that the EU-China CAI investment deal would include provisions on forced labour. 

United Kingdom
IPAC co-chair Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP secured an Urgent Question on new evidence of forced labour in Xinjiang published by IPAC advisor Adrian Zenz. 10 IPAC parliamentarians representing 5 parties contributed to debates in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords