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Date: December 28,2016
President Tsai Ing-wen said Dec. 27 that the government is committed to promoting historical and
transitional justice for Taiwan’s indigenous peoples, vowing to advance autonomy and land rights while preserving aboriginal cultures, languages and history.
Tsai made the remarks during a preparatory meeting in Taipei City for the establishment of the Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Commission under the Office of the President. She said that the government has laid considerable groundwork for the formation of the body, which will work to uncover historical truths, right past wrongs, build consensus on policy directions, promote reconciliation, and further ingrain justice and diversity in society.
Headed by Tsai, the commission will convene for the first time next year. Members have been elected through democratic process and represent the vast majority of Taiwan’s 16 officially recognized indigenous tribes.
According to the president, the government is pursuing a three-pronged approach to achieving reconciliation. These are effectively implementing the Indigenous Peoples Basic Law, seeking historical justice for Taiwan’s indigenous peoples, and establishing a platform for eventual indigenous autonomy. [FULL STORY]