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Does MOFA care about ‘Win Far’?

By Chiang Huang-chih 姜皇池

Only then did the public find out that the crew were still alive.

However, in suggesting that the matter was now in the hands of the ship’s owners, is MOFA willing but unable to help, or is it simply unwilling?

The Spanish have a saying about fishermen: “Don’t just see the fish. It was brought to you by the blood and sweat of the fishermen.”

The story of the Win Far 161 will be even more tragic if fishermen pay for their catch not just with their blood and sweat, but with their lives.

Still, all is not lost. As long as we know the men are still alive, there is still a chance of saving them.

MOFA must reach out its hand to help the crew, either directly or through the ship’s owners, and test all avenues of negotiation.

Chiang Huang-chih is an associate professor at National Taiwan University’s Department of Law.

TRANSLATED BY JULIAN CLEGG

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