IPAC Weekly Newsletter: 20 November 2020

IPAC members Reinhard Bütikofer MEP and Sen. Marco Rubio made press statements expressing solidarity with the Australian people as the country withstands renewed pressure from the Chinese government. 

IPAC Canada members were instrumental in ensuring the passage of a non-binding motion calling on the Canadian government to ban Huawei’s 5G within 30 days.

IPAC co-chairs Jan Lipavský MP and Sen. Pavel Fischer made parliamentary interventions urging the government to block involvement from Chinese firms in Czech nuclear power, citing security concerns. 

IPAC members Margarete Bause MdB and Gyde Jensen MdB hosted a parliamentary committee hearing evidence from experts observing China’s deteriorating human rights situation. 

European Union
A number of IPAC members addressed an EU Magnitsky Act breifing. Sen. Kimberley Kitching, Jan Lipavský and Hon. Irwin Cotler shared their experiences from Australia, Czechia and Canada respectively. 

United Kingdom
Several IPAC members intervened in a parliamentary debate on the UK’s National Security and Investment Bill, arguing for tougher screening processes for firms linked to the Chinese state and human rights abuses in China. Earlier 14 IPAC MPs had raised their concerns with Ministers in a private government briefing. 

Tim Loughton MP led 20 IPAC members in calling on the Foreign Secretary to issue sanctions on six individuals and two government departments responsible for abuses in Xinjiang and Tibet. 

United States 
IPAC members Rep. Ted Yoho and Rep. Tom Malinowski led a  bipartisan letter calling for the UN to appoint a Special Rapporteur to investigate human rights abuses against Uyghurs in Xinjiang. The letter also received support from IPAC members internationally.