Red Cross Act needs to be amended, minister says

TERM LIMITS:Lin Tzu-ling said that according to the act, the organization’s president can remain in the post indefinitely, with an amendment proposed for a two-term limit

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 18, 2016
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter

The Executive Yuan yesterday proposed an amendment to the Red Cross Society Act of the Republic of China (中華民國紅十字會法), with Deputy Minister of the Interior Lin Tzu-ling (林慈玲) saying that the law could be changed, but should not be abolished.

New Power Party and Democratic Progressive Party legislators proposed that the act be abolished, saying they consider it to be a remnant of the authoritarian era, granting special privileges to organization that had — until a legislative amendment in 2000 — been a “government facility” according to the regulations.

Lin said in a news conference after the Cabinet’s weekly meeting yesterday that the Red Cross Society has made great contributions in its special missions, such as rescuing and nursing wounded soldiers during wartime and participating in disaster-relief activities during peacetime.

The Red Cross Society law has its raison d’etre, but it should also be subject to review, Lin said.

According to the existing act, the president of the organization is elected by the group’s national member representatives’ congress with a term of four years and can be re-elected indefinitely.     [FULL  STORY]

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