Taiwan: Yunlin County Council Passes Resolution Denying Entry to Human Rights Violators (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) On December 6, 2010, the Yunlin County Council unanimously passed a motion "not to invite, welcome, or receive Chinese Communist Party officials who are highly suspected of human rights violations."
Councilman Tsai Yueh-Ru proposes a motion "not to invite, welcome and receive Chinese Communist Party officials who are involved in severe human rights violations."
At 6 p.m. the same day, Councilman Tsai Yueh-Ru, Convener of the Democratic Development Party Tsai Chiu-Min, Convener of the Alliance of Honesty Chen Ho-Shan, Councilman Chiang Wen-Teng, and members of local community groups called a press conference to express the determination of the residents of Yunlin County to safeguard human rights.
Councilman Tsai said that regardless of different political parties, Yunlin County councilors unanimously supported the motion to urge the Mainland Affairs Council and the National Immigration Agency to conduct a detailed investigation into the human rights record of Chinese officials who apply to enter Taiwan. If severe violations of human rights are found, these officials should be denied entry. The motion also asks all levels of government and civil organizations in Yunlin not to invite, welcome or receive Chinese Communist Party officials who are involved in severe human rights violations.
Convener of the Alliance of Honesty Chen Ho-Shan urges the Legislative Yuan to respect public opinion and make laws to stop human rights violators from coming to Taiwan.
Chen Ho-Shan welcomes exchange between China and Taiwan. However, with regard to Chinese officials who are sued overseas for severe violations of international human rights standards, he believes that the Taiwanese government should conduct detailed investigations into their human rights records. If evidence of human rights violation are found, Chen believes that the government should follow international orders and place these Chinese officials on an "unwelcome list" and deny their entry into Taiwan. He also urged the Legislative Yuan to respect public opinion and enact laws to stop human rights violators from coming to Taiwan.
Convener of the Democratic Development Party Tsai Chiu-Min proposes to set up human rights groups to monitor human rights issues for the long run.
Tsai Chiu-Min believes that human rights are universal values that should be safeguarded worldwide. She proposed that government and civil organizations should promote human rights and civil rights, and further proposed that organizations charged with monitoring and protecting human rights be instituted.