Executive Yuan highlights Taiwan’s human rights progress in new report

01-Jul-2020 Intellasia | TaipeiTimes | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The Executive Yuan yesterday published Taiwan’s third national report on the implementation of two international human rights covenants, touting milestones set over the past four years, including the decriminalisation of adultery and legalisation of same-sex marriage.

The UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights state that member states should submit a national report on the implementation of each covenant every four years.

Taiwan ratified the two covenants in 2009 and then passed legislation to make them part of domestic law.

The latest report documents human rights efforts made by the government, Premier Su Tseng-chang said.

For example, it has been one year since same-sex marriage was legalised, and although many expressed concerns over the legalisation one year ago, polls show that more than half of Taiwanese now support equal marriage rights, Su said.

The government has also established national human rights parks, he said, in an apparent reference to the Jing-Mei White Terror Memorial Park in New Taipei City and the Green Island White Terror Memorial Park, which commemorate Martial Law era victims.

Yesterday was the first time the report was published under the name of the Executive Yuan. Previously the reports were submitted by the Presidential Office’s Human Rights Consultative Committee, which stopped operating on May 19, after the Organic Act of the Control Yuan National Human Rights Commission took effect on May 1.

To promote “the right to adequate standard of housing,” the Ministry of the Interior has completed national housing projects and their budgeting, as well as promoted the registration of the actual selling prices of real estate, so that house buyers can view transparent details of the transactions, Executive Yuan Human Rights Protection and Promotion Committee convener Lo Ping-cheng said.

The Labour Standards Act has been expanded to include resident doctors in its protection, while the Labour Dispute Act, which took effect in January, safeguards the rights of parties in labour-management litigations, he said.

Fishers have enhanced protection now under the Regulations on the Authorisation and Management of Overseas Employment of Foreign Crew Members, he said.

The government plans to make several other international human rights pacts part of domestic law, and it is to introduce more action plans on Human Rights Day on December 10, he added.



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