Wed, Jul 26, 2006 - Page 3 News List

PFP says it wants the Assembly and Parade Law revised

CNA , TAIPEI

The People First Party (PFP) is considering measures aimed at overhauling Taiwan's Assembly and Parade Law (集會遊行法) to safeguard rights guaranteed by the Constitution, a PFP lawmaker said yesterday.

Legislator Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀), director of the PFP's policy research center, told reporters that Article 14 of the Constitution stipulates that "The people shall have freedom of assembly and association."

However, the Assembly and Parade Law requires organizers of an assembly or parade to apply for permits in advance to the local police chief, who may find it difficult to resist political pressure from higher authorities to deny the application, Chang said.

He said the PFP would instruct its think tank to study how to overhaul the law, which he claimed contains many outdated provisions, making it difficult for people to get approval for their planned assemblies.

Legislator Lee Hung-chun (李鴻鈞), a PFP legislative caucus whip, said rallies were a way for people to express their opinions.

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