Date: Jan 17, 2017
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
The government has failed to uphold treaty obligations in protecting residency rights, protesters said yesterday, calling on President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration to outline legal mechanisms to supervise implementation of reform as it begins a new national human rights review.
About 20 people from the Taiwan Anti-Forced Eviction Alliance, the Homeless of Taiwan Association and an assortment of self-help groups protested outside the Chang Yung-fa Foundation building in Taipei, where a week-long review of a government human rights report is being held.
The protesters shouted that the government was just “pretending to be noble,” when in reality it has proven unwilling to implement substantial reform.
The Legislative Yuan in 2009 adopted the Act to Implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (公民與政治權利國際公約及經濟社會文化權利國際公約施行法), which mandated periodic reports and review to monitor adherence to the act. The last round was held in 2012. [FULL STORY]