IPAC Tokyo Symposium Outlines Goals

February 19, 2023

Tokyo, 17th February 2023 – Following keynote addresses by former Prime Ministers Scott Morrison (Australia), Liz Truss (United Kingdom) and Guy Verhofstadt (Belgium) [speeches attached below], a large cross-party delegation of Japanese Diet Members, together with IPAC representatives from the EU, Canada, the UK, and Taiwan, discussed the multiple threats that are posed by the People’s Republic of China.

With the Hiroshima G7 Summit being just months away, the IPAC Tokyo Symposium encouraged a coordinated democratic response to Beijing’s distortion of the international rules-based order. At the closing of the symposium, participating Japanese legislators unanimously adopted a roadmap which outlines the four key areas of concern. This roadmap will be used to guide their actions in the lead up to the G7 meetings in Hiroshima and beyond.



This year marks the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly. Members of IPAC, along with the international community, must come together as one to raise our voices and take action. As the chair of the G7, Japan in particular, must shift towards a more proactive human rights  agenda. With this being the case, we recommend the following as concrete policies to achieve these goals.

  1. Transnational Repression

Suppression of democracy and violations of human rights have become normalised in Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong, Myanmar, and elsewhere around the world. We will not forget nor accept this as the new normal. We will take measures to stop and deter these violations and provide relief to the victims of this repression. We will strengthen the investigations into the Chinese overseas police stations, take risk mitigation measures, support those who are targeted, and increase multilateral coordination to counter transnational repression.

  1. Magnitsky Targeted Human Rights Sanctions Mechanism

We will increase Magnitsky Act coordination to avoid disunity in its implementation. In particular, G7 countries should deepen intelligence-sharing on human rights violations and coordinate in the sanctioning of human rights perpetrators. We will also foster coordination between governments and civil society. As the G7 Chair, Japan should be leading these developments and as such, should promptly enact the Japanese version of the Magnitsky Act. Until Japan adopts a Magnitsky style legislation programme, Japan will not be able to effectively take part in international Magnitsky cooperation. At the same time, Japan should improve its intelligence capability to better understand the current situation of human rights violations in other countries.

  1. Human Rights and Business

Each country will develop capacity-building and legislation on “human rights and business”, including strengthening human rights due diligence, removing products made through human rights violations from their markets, and regulating the export of products and technologies that could be used to violate human rights, to prevent governments, businesses, and consumers from unintentionally and indirectly contributing to human rights violations. Japan should go beyond the guidelines for human rights due diligence and work towards a law with effective implementation. Japan should also initiate discussions on market access for products made by human rights violations and export controls on human rights grounds.

  1. Free and Open Indo-Pacific

Democratic nations must cooperate comprehensively on security, economic, and value aspects to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific. Countries affirm their refusal of unilateral changes to the status quo by force and call to advance security cooperation. We aim to reduce supply chain and market dependence on countries that repeatedly use economic coercion and develop deeper economic and security cooperation which will promote economic relations among like-minded countries. We will promote capacity building, the sharing of best practices for countermeasures, and multilateral intelligence sharing, all of which are necessary to better understand the problem and to counter threats to shared values of freedom and democracy.


IPAC人権外交フォーラム in 東京
















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