Date: May 15, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
The legislature’s Internal Administration Committee yesterday passed amendments to the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (臺灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例) concerning the detention of Chinese citizens to bring the legislation in line with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ratified by the government in 2009.
The Council of Grand Justices’ Interpretation No. 710, announced in 2013, called for improvements to Article 18 of the act regulating the forced deportation and detention of Chinese citizens, to guarantee their rights to legal procedures and personal freedom.
The amendments reviewed and passed by the committee include making it clear that the enforcing authority is the Ministry of the Interior’s National Immigration Agency (rather than “police authorities”) granting those who are to be deported an opportunity to make their claims, and convening a review meeting for claims made by those whose permission for residence or for registered permanent residence has been revoked or repealed, as stipulated in the Immigration Act (出入國及移民法). [FULL STORY]