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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Kadeer waiting for an apology and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy

Rebiya Kadeer is waiting for an apology from the KMT-ROC governmentShe is planning to sue the current Taiwanese government for wrongly labeled her as a terrorist unless it apologizes and clears the allegation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China may soon have to decide if they represent China (the KMT government’s point of view) or Taiwan (the people) because Taiwan is represented at the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD), a foundation mainly funded and supervised by the MOFA.

Should MOFA apologize to Kadeer or should it “manage” the forthcoming lawsuit?

Without an apology, a member of the UNPO is going to have strange relationship with another member, namely Taiwan’s TFD.  Interesting!

On a side note, there are many newly added or amended rules in the TFD (the organization purposely does not have an English version for the rules?) that came into effect shortly after Ma won the presidential election in March, 2008.  These rules started to change even before Ma was inaugurated, but basically it added a new “control” branch to supervise the activities of the organization and also added new financial rules on how the fund of the organization is to be used, i.e., by allocation to party sponsored projects according to the legislative body’s party percentage composition.

I remember David had an excellent post discussing the controversial proposal to change the executive inside the TDF.  It really does not matter who is in the TDF because whoever is at that post, his freedom to carry out the organization’s mission is limited by the “control” branch.

Isn’t it time for a real Taiwanese organization to represent the Taiwanese people’s interests in the UNPO since the TDF is no longer acting freely?


Some of the new / amended rules per TFD:



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