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Agency for human rights in Taiwan to be created: Siew

Staff Writer, with CNA

Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) said yesterday that a human rights committee under the Presidential Office will set up an agency specifically to report on the human rights situation nationwide.

The agency will function in compliance with the Paris Principles, Siew said during a discussion on human rights with experts and academics in the latest weekly online broadcast by the Presidential Office.

“I hope the committee will work out a mechanism to effectively strengthen the protection of human rights in this country and establish an exclusive agency to handle related matters based on the Paris Principles,” he said.

The first task of the committee, which was set up on International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, was to devise a mechanism for reporting on human rights nationwide in line with two international conventions — the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, he said.

In response to a call for the death penalty to be abolished in Taiwan, the vice president said the government is moving toward that goal, but it cannot be achieved overnight, or before a consensus has been reached.

The 18-member Presidential Committee on Human Rights is led by Siew and Chai Sung-lin (柴松林), honorary president of the Taipei-based Chinese Association for Human Rights. Other members include Vice Premier Sean Chen and people from the private sector.

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