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DPP urges KMT to focus on rights

Staff Writer, with CNA

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) urged the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government to include a “human rights clause” in the planned agreements between Taiwan and China. According to the DPP, democracy and human rights should be put on the agenda of cross-strait exchanges as they are Taiwan’s most vital assets.

“The administration of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) must take concrete action to show its support for China’s democracy activists and show the world that Taiwan stands firmly behind the pursuit of democracy and human rights,” DPP spokesperson Lin Yu-chang (林右昌) said.

Also on Friday, DPP Legislator Chen Ting-fei (陳亭妃) suggested that immigration authorities refuse to admit Beijing Deputy Mayor Ji Lin (吉林), who is scheduled to visit Taiwan tomorrow, on the grounds that he has persecuted Falun Gong followers.

The proposal was made based on a resolution adopted by the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday asking authorities to list Chinese government officials who violate human rights as persona non grata, barring them from entry to Taiwan.

In response, Shih Chen-chia (石鎮嘉), an official at the National Immigration Agency, said the agency attaches great importance to the legislature’s resolution and has included the issue on the agenda of an intra-ministerial meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

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