Aborigines decry ‘failed’ rights promise

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Taipei Times
Date: Aug 02, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

Aboriginal rights campaigners yesterday condemned the government for having not

Singer Nabu Husungan Istanda, a Bunun, yesterday holds a banner calling for full Aboriginal land rights in front of a police barrier about 100m from the venue of the National Administration Conference of Indigenous Peoples in Taipei. Photo: CNA

carried out a promise to reinstate traditional Aboriginal territories, and they demanded that an independent agency be established to restore Aboriginal rights to land and transitional justice.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Aug. 1 last year delivered a landmark apology to Taiwan’s Aborigines for their deprivation of rights in the hundreds of years since the mass migration of Han people began.

She promised to reinstate land rights, self-determination, economic development, cultural and language preservation and other rights protection.

Tsai yesterday said the government has worked to preserve Aboriginal languages and culture by immersing Aboriginal preschoolers and students in a learning environment where their native languages are spoken.    [FULL  STORY]

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