Following the Government statement on the UK’s commitment to its legal obligations under the Northern Ireland protocol, Sir Iain Duncan Smith highlights a clause in the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 in which the Government reserved the right to make clarifications and urges the Government to dispute the EU interpretation that state aid rules would be extended to Great Britain.
Sir Iain Duncan Smith calls on the Government to make China, Hong Kong and human rights a priority. He says “The freedom of people and the imposition of dictatorial regimes should always be our number one cry. We should speak out when others are not able to have the freedoms that we take for granted.”
Sir Iain Duncan Smith leads a group of Parliamentarians from the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) in writing to the Foreign Secretary calling for Magnitsky sanctions against officials in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region responsible for the erosion of democracy and curtailment of freedoms and rights in Hong Kong.
Sir Iain Duncan Smith welcomes the Government’s decision to suspend extradition treaty arrangements with Hong Kong and calls on the Government to look at Magnitsky sanctions against Chinese officials responsible for the situation in Hong Kong and human rights abuses against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
Following the Foreign Secretary’s statement on the global human rights sanctions regulations and the announcement of the first individuals and organisations to be sanctioned under them, Sir Iain Duncan Smith urges the Government to sanction Chinese and Hong Kong Government officials complicit in stripping away the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong.
Sir Iain Duncan Smith calls on the UK to seek an independent inquiry at the UN on the mistreatment by the Chinese Government of Uyghurs in Xinjiang province for the UK to make its own legal determination.