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Weekly Brief, 28 January 2022

Weekly Brief, 28 January 2022

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IPAC Legislators Call for China Blacklists over Uyghur Atrocities
A group of 35 legislators from over 10 countries have urged their governments to create a blacklist of entities involved in the Uyghur genocide and to block investment in these firms. The calls were made in a series of separate letters coordinated by the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC).

Prominent signatories include Reinhard Bütikofer MEP, chair of the European Parliament’s China delegation; Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP, former leader of the UK Conservative party; Australia Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching and Indian BJD MP Sujeet Kumar. The letters were addressed to the legislators’ respective finance ministers, including European Commissioner Mairead McGuinness and UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

New U.S. Bill to Confront China’s Atrocity Crimes
On January 26th, Radio Free Asia reported that Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives released a wide-ranging bill confronting China’s human rights atrocities. The Bill would create a special envoy for Uyghur issues who would be responsible for coordinating the government’s response to “the gross violations of universally recognized human rights occurring in Xinjiang”. The bill would also impose new sanctions on China for its atrocity crimes against the Uyghurs and provide refugee protection for Uyghurs and Hong Kongers persecuted by the Chinese government.

Hearing on the Uyghur Crisis in the French National Assembly
On January 26th, the Foreign Affairs Committee in the French Parliament held a hearing on the Uyghur Situation. More than 40 Members of Parliament from different political groups attended the event, in which experts such as Adrian Zenz, Geoffrey Nice, Nicolas Vetch, and Cloé Drieu participated. Furthermore, camp survivor Kalbinur Sidiq shared her experiences witnessing China’s crimes in the internment camps. The Foreign Affairs Committee will now decide if it will send an official request to the French government demanding it to act in order to stop the ongoing genocide.

The World Uyghur Congress Welcomes the Creation of the Uyghur Braille Script
On January 25th, the World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur Academy welcomed the creation of the Uyghur braille script by Harris Mowbray and Uyghur scholars. The Uyghur braille script will be a valuable tool for Uyghurs to preserve their rich cultural heritage. “The creation of the Uyghur braille script is an important step in our attempts to safeguard the Uyghur language”, WUC President Dolkun Isa said. “The Uyghur braille script will also ensure that those in the Uyghur diaspora who are visually impaired are able access this part of our cultural heritage, and transmit it to future generations.”

Joint Call Of Over 55 National and European Members of Parliament to Boycott Beijing Olympics
On January 21st, over 55 national and European members of parliament published a joint call on the EU and its member states to impose a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics and send a strong signal of support to communities suffering under Chinese policies “Fourteen years ago, in 2008, Beijing hosted the Summer Olympic Games. The decision to award that year’s Games to China was taken on the basis of Chinese government promises to improve human rights and social conditions in the country, including in Chinese-occupied Tibet, East Turkestan and Southern Mongolia. But these promises have not been fulfilled nor respected-on the contrary, the human rights situation in these areas has worsened”, the legislators said.

Zumretay Arkin on Winter Olympics by HBO’s Real Sports 
On January 25th, WUC Program Manager Zumretay Arkin featured in an episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, talking about the IOC’s decision to grant the 2022 Winter Olympics, and the impact this will have on China’s human rights situation. “If you look at the code of conduct of the IOC, the values there are so beautiful and inspiring. But then when you look what’s happening in reality, it’s the complete opposite”, Arkin was quoted.