US rights report shows weaknesses in Taiwan

INSIGHT:Taiwan fared relatively well, while China had poor results, with some speculating that the report’s late release was to avoid upsetting China prior to talks

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 27, 2015
By: William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in Washington

Taiwan’s principal human rights problems are labor exploitation of migrant workers by fishing companies, exploitation of domestic workers by brokerage agencies and official corruption, a new report from the US Department of State says.

While Taiwan gets generally high marks in the report, it notes that authorities indicted 687 officials, including 69 high-ranking officials, on corruption charges last year.

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014 was issued on Thursday — four months after a deadline set by the US Congress.

There was widespread speculation that the delay was deliberate to avoid upsetting China before a series of strategic and diplomatic talks were completed this week and to appease Iran where nuclear talks are being finalized.     [FULL  STORY]

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