Jaq James Consultancy Service Fundraiser

Jaq James (short for Jacqueline) established CO-WEST-PRO as a grass-roots people's service to counter anti-China disinformation that was undermining the friendly relations and peace between Australia and China. Jaq has since expanded CO-WEST-PRO's objective to counter all Western propaganda affecting Global South nations.

Jaq offers the public informative and educative reports when international law intersects with anti-Global South disinformation. Rather than being commissioned upfront to write analytical papers, Jaq instead offers her work upfront and interested members of the public can pay a commission afterwards if they appreciate her work. This ensures that potential perverse incentives that could influence her work are taken out of the picture.

Jaq's first working paper is "The Australian Strategic Policy Institute's 'Uyghurs for Sale' Report: Scholarly Analysis or Strategic Disinformation?"

Jaq's second working paper is "Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch's Forced Xinjiang Labour Claims: Junk Research or Noble Cause Corruption?"

Jaq holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, Master of Public Policy, Master of Education, and is completing a Master of Laws (specialising in international law).

Funds raised will go towards the following alternative costs:

1. Flights, accommodation, transport and translation costs to complete a field study in China during 2022 for research purposes into forced Uyghur labour allegations, and for the possible purposes of arranging a class action against ASPI in Australia (provided the Chinese Government grants a visa).

2. Education pamphlets and posters teaching the Australian public about the Uyghurs' human right to work under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

3. In the event that the first cost cannot be met because of an inability to obtain a visa, or the cost to conduct the field study and education campaign falls below the fundraiser amount, Jaq will use the funds as supplementary income for her work. (Please note that Jaq spent hundreds of hours on each paper and she has no institutional sponsors.)

All funds will be withdrawn into Jaq's personal checking account to be used when needed.

It has been very challenging for Jaq to enter China because of its zero-COVID policy. The Chinese embassy has already rejected her request to enter. Nevertheless, Jaq continues to persist and try to problem-solve the situation. In reality, however, it is likely she will not be granted entry into China until at least 2023.
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Jacqueline James 
New South Wales