Anti-Poverty Alliance formed
Several civic groups yesterday officially launched the Anti-Poverty Alliance, aiming to push for policies to reduce poverty in the country. The alliance, which includes the Taiwan Labor Front, the Taiwan Peacetime Foundation, Amnesty International Taiwan, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, the Taiwan Alliance for Fair Tax Reform and The Homeless of Taiwan, is concerned particularly about the nation’s widening gap between the rich and poor as well as skyrocketing real-estate prices. The alliance plans to come up with a set of more concrete policy agendas to address the poverty issue within a year and seeks to work with sympathetic politicians.
HIV plan worries groups
Activist groups and individuals voiced concern at a public forum yesterday about a government plan to end free treatment for people infected with HIV. The soaring drug fees that come with the growing number of HIV/AIDS patients, as well as a large budget deficit, have led the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to consider halting the free treatment program that has existed since 2006. However, the CDC said treatment for HIV/AIDS patients would remain free until legislation dictates otherwise, although it did not rule out “other alternatives” to reduce expenditures. The annual budget for AIDS treatment last year was NT$1.52 billion (US$47.5 million), but with the proposed subsidy plan, the government would save only NT$30 million per year, a spokesman for Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association said. AIDS activists said the government should instead consider procuring generic drugs and encourage local pharmaceutical companies to develop non-branded products, which could reduce costs.
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu