Protesters decry Aboriginal committee

TODAY’S THE DAY:Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Yao Jen-to said that it was not fair to judge the office’s committee before it even had a chance to meet

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 20, 2017
By: Wu Po-wei and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer and CNA

The Presidential Office’s committee for Aboriginal historic and transitional justice

Aboriginal rights campaigners, including singer Nabu Husungan Istanda, left, singer/songwriter Kimbo Hu, fourth left, and documentary filmmaker Mayaw Biho, holding microphone, hold a news conference on Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei yesterday as part of their ongoing protest against the government’s definition of traditional Aborginal land and its committee for Aboriginal historic and transitional justice issues. Photo: CNA

issues, which is due to hold its first meeting today, has not sufficiently researched the issues it is to discuss, an Aboriginal rights campaigners said yesterday.

There cannot be justice if the committee does not truly understand all of the facts, they said, adding that they are concerned the meeting will lead to little more than the chanting of slogans.

Criticizing the government’s failure to include private land within the scope of the legal definition of traditional Aboriginal territory, a group of campaigners has been staging a “sleepout” on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office Building since Feb. 23.

They yesterday reiterated their demands that the government retract the proposed Aboriginal land guidelines announced on Feb. 14 and called for the resignation of Council of Indigenous Peoples Minister Icyang Parod.    [FULL  STORY]

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