CCP undermines human rights and rule of law, IPAC urges G20 tough response

Translation&Commentary: Jenny Ball
Editor: peacelv

The “Transnational Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China Policy” (IPAC) held a meeting in Rome and asked the Group of 20 (G20) to take a tougher stance against the CCP and declared India to become the 21st member of the alliance. The picture shows the profile photo of Shi Zhian, co-founder of IPAC and former leader of the British Conservative Party. (PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

On Friday (October 29), IPAC, composed of more than 200 congressmen from around the world, held a meeting in Rome. In addition to asking G20 countries to include human rights on the agenda and taking a tougher stance against the CCP, it declared India to become the 21st member of the alliance.

The Rome Conference is the first face-to-face meeting of IPAC since its establishment in June 2020. Parliamentarians from five continents will meet with prominent leaders of groups suppressed by the CCP.

In addition to Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wu Zhaoxie, who will give a speech in the form with a film, Penpa Tsering, the top executive leader of the Tibetan government in exile, Luo Guancong, a former Hong Kong legislator in exile in London, and Rahima Mahmut, head of the World Uyghur Congress in London, will also speak out as representatives oppressed by the CCP.

Earlier this year, the CCP imposed travel bans and other sanctions on nine IPAC members, including former British Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith, Belgian Green Party Member Samuel Cogolati, European Parliament Member Miriam Lexmann, and Lithuanian Social Democratic Party. Councillor Dovilė Šakalienė, they will all attend the Rome Conference.

Other parliamentarians who attended the meeting included the representative of Japan Yamao Shizura, the French Senator Andre Gattolin, and the Ugandan Congressman Lucy Akello.

Shi Zhian said that IPAC will call on all walks of life to pay attention to the “systematic impact of the CCP on democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.”

He pointed out that since the end of the Cold War, no regime has violated human rights more than the CCP has done. Politicians who are fortunately enough to live in a free world often mistakenly believe that they can be “reasonable” to a centralized government, but the facts are just the opposite.

“We will remind democracies in Rome that they have a responsibility to maintain a rule-based international order. These rules were formed with our help and are now under threat from Beijing.”

“True leadership means dealing with these challenges, not pretending that they don’t exist,” Shi Zhian said. “This G20 must become a turning point, and CCP (problems) must be at the top of the agenda.”

Cogolati said that when the CCP regime invaded Taiwan’s airspace almost every day, committed atrocities in the Uyghur region, and undermined Hong Kong’s freedom and autonomy, we cannot continue “business as usual”.

He said: “At this G20 meeting, we need to see democracies find the courage and leadership that has been lacking so far.”

On October 27, 2021, Luo Guancong (right), former HK legislator in exile in London, and Rahima Mahmut, head of the World Uyghur Congress London, sent a copy of the “Pillar of National War” to the Chinese Embassy in Rome to protest Beijing’s violation on human rights in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. This is a statue commemorating the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989. (ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)

India joins IPAC and Beijing faces greater challenges

At the Rome Conference, the first Indian legislators also formally joined the alliance.

Indian MP Sujeet Kumar and others said in a statement: “As the world’s largest democracy, India must stand on the front line and defend our common democratic values.”

The statement stated that the CCP’s military threats and intimidation pose a serious threat to peace in the region.

“These challenges are greater than any country or political party. Therefore, we are very happy to work with IPAC members from all over the world for democracy, peace and prosperity in Asia and other regions,” the statement said.

According to the Central News Agency, IPAC is issuing “Do Not Extradite Cards”. The card stated that the cardholder was persecuted by the Beijing authorities. Any government that cooperates with Beijing’s request to arrest, deport, or extradite the cardholder to China or Hong Kong will be held accountable by the Congress covered by the IPAC network.

IPAC stated that the card was issued in response to the abuse of Interpol by Beijing authorities to hunt overseas dissidents.

There are currently 37 “No Extradition Cards” announced by name, but there are actually more that that figure. Applications from all walks of life will be open since November, and more than 3,000 cards are expected to be issued by the end of the year. Those who wish to apply to join the list can contact by email “[email protected]”.

IPAC pointed out that under the alliance, Yidiresi Aishan, a Uyghur rights activist who fled from Turkey to Morocco, was recently exempted from extradition to China; the mechanism embodied in the “No Extradition Card” has proven to be effective.

At present, about 80 parliamentarians from 22 countries have signed a “no extradition” pledge, stating that they will represent to defend groups that may be extradited to China and Hong Kong.

Commentary: “We need to see democracies find the courage and leadership that has been lacking so far.” So true. The best way to deal with Paper Tiger CCP is to show this thug regime what is the right way with courage and action. Words means nothing to CCP nor does appeasement to CCP.

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