U.S. report accuses Taiwan of human rights violations

The Dept. of State report cites exploitation of foreign workers and official corruption

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/03/05
By: Matthew Lubin, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The U.S. Department of State accused Taiwan of various

U.S. Department of State seal. (By Wikimedia Commons)

human rights abuses in its “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016” (full report).

The report states that the exploitation of foreign workers is among Taiwan’s major human rights violations, with other abuses including official corruption and domestic abuse. The report adds that lesser concerns include “some media self-censorship with regard to China, vote buying, violations of legal working hours, lack of barrier-free spaces and accessible transportation systems for persons with disabilities, particularly outside Taipei, gender-biased sex selection, and a rise in child abuse.”

The report notes that “as of June, authorities indicted 201 officials, including 23 high-ranking officials, on corruption charges.” Taiwan ranked 31st on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2016 published in February. It ranked fourth in East Asia.    [FULL  STORY]

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