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Friday, July 3, 2009

Recent human rights concern in Taiwan

Readers, please pay special attention to David’s newest post on human rights concern that I have wanted to complete a post on but because of some other tasks I am involved in Europe that I could not devote myself to finishing it.

The charges laid on two human rights defenders, Lin Chia-fan (林佳範), President of the Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR), and Lee Ming-tsung (李明聰), Vice-Chairperson of Amnesty International (AI) Taiwan and assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at NTU, are totally unacceptable as even the Amnesty International has noted the encouraging news of Taiwan’s ratifications of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on 31 March 2009.

How can we openly tell the international community that we Taiwan have endorsed the international covenants but in the meantime secretly prosecuting innocent people at home?

Scholars in Taiwan, please speak up in defending for your colleague. Unity and solidarity give strength! 團結才是力量!

2 comments:

fvarga said...

"Scholars in Taiwan..."
It won't be easy as the government is implementing a new law forbidding scholars to express their political ideas...
One law here, another law there, step by step everything is done to replicate the story about the frog and the boiling water...
As you know, it was too late for the frog when it realized it...
:-)

Άλισον said...

Good point mentioned by fvarga about the new Act Governing the Administrative Impartiality of Public Officials (公務人員行政中立法), which was passed by the Legislative Yuan on 2009 05 19.

I will likely do a separate post on this topic in future.

As you can see the laws that need urgent review will never pass the Procedural Committee of the LY, but the bad laws are enacted with no delays.

Refer to my post of 2009 06 15 on WHAT"S THE FEAR IF MA IS CLEAN ? about the Procedural Committee of the LY.

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