Imposing different restrictions on immigrants according to their country's attitudes toward Taiwan is not discrimination and does not constitute any violation of human rights, Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) said yesterday. \nChatting with a group of journalists at an informal gathering in her office yesterday morning, the outspoken human rights activist, who heads a national human rights panel at the Presidential Office, came to the defense of the government for its decision that Chinese spouses coming to live in Taiwan must provide a financial certificate. The measure has since been overturned. \nLu said human rights can be divided into different categories, such as those for groups or individuals, as well as absolute human rights and relative human rights. \nThe human rights of a group prevail in cases that conflict with the rights of an individual. Individual human rights should be subordinate to group human rights, Lu said. \nNoting that China is the only country out of the 192 states in the world that is hostile toward Taiwan and is building up its military forces with an eye to an invasion, it is only natural to somewhat restrict people's exchanges with China for the sake of national security, Lu said. \nIt is not a violation of human rights to discriminate between immigrants from friendly states and immigrants from bellicose states and impose different restrictions on them accordingly, Lu said. \nShe made the statement when asked to comment on measures subsequently dropped by the Ministry of the Interior that ordered Chinese citizens who want to reunite with their spouses in Taiwan to provide financial certificates proving that they have assets of more than NT$5 million. \nThis restriction, announced on March 2, was rescinded by the Ministry of the Interior the next day after causing an uproar among local human rights activists. They chastised the government for discriminating against Chinese and infringing on the human rights of both Chinese citizens and their Taiwanese spouses.
About 200 Hong Kong protesters have come to Taiwan to immigrate for “political reasons” since June last year, and authorities accepted the applications of about 20 of them, Taiwan Association for Human Rights secretary-general Shih Yi-hsiang (施逸翔) said on Tuesday. The approvals followed investigations by the Mainland Affairs Council and the National Immigration Agency, he said. The applications were made according to Article 18 of the Act Governing Relations with Hong Kong and Macau (香港澳門關係條例), Shih said. “However, there is still a significantly larger number of people waiting for their cases to be processed,” he added. The article stipulates that: “Necessary assistance shall
The source of a COVID-19 cluster infection aboard the naval supply ship Panshih (磐石) in March originated in Taiwan, not Palau, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday. The earliest known confirmed case among the crew reported being sick on March 10, before the ship visited Palau from March 12 to 15 as part of a “Friendship Flotilla,” said Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳), convener of the center’s expert advisory panel. That meant the infection was likely brought aboard before the vessel departed Kaohsiung on March 5, Chang said. Although the CECC investigation did not find the original source of the virus, it
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated that “only the government elected by Taiwanese can represent Taiwanese,” rejecting Beijing’s “one China” principle, which Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi (王毅) endorsed on Sunday. “Taiwan is a universally recognized democratic country and only Taiwanese have the right to decide Taiwan’s future,” the Taiwanese ministry said in a statement issued on Sunday. The statement came in response to Wang’s comments at a news conference in Beijing, where he said that the “reunification of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait is a definite trend of history.” “The Chinese government’s intention to impose ‘unification’ on democratic
TROJAN HORSE: Chinese funding could infiltrate Taiwan as Hong Kong investments, so the special status of Chinese-controlled organizations in the territory should be canceled A civic group consisting of Hong Kongers in Taiwan yesterday issued a statement urging the government to provide more concrete support for Hong Kong in the face of Beijing’s imposition of a national security legislation, while urging the government to terminate preferential treatment for Hong Kong-based organizations controlled by China. China’s National People’s Congress yesterday passed national security legislation for Hong Kong. Earlier, Hong Kong Outlanders issued a “press statement on Pompeo’s report on Hong Kong national security legislation,” referring to a report that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday submitted to the US Congress to confirm that Hong Kong