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Advocating communism legalized

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporter

The legislature yesterday approved an amendment to the Civil Associations Act (人民團體法) to lift a ban on people advocating communism.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬), who initiated the amendment, said the rule was against freedom of speech as enshrined in the Constitution.

The removed article had stated that the organization and -activities of civil associations could not advocate communism or advocate for the division of the national territory.

It was ruled unconstitutional by the Council of Grand Justices in June 2008 when it handed down Interpretation No. 644.

The legislature yesterday also approved some amendments to bring national standards in line with two UN covenants on human rights after the country enacted an enforcement act to -implement the regulations in the two conventions.

Meanwhile, an amendment to the Respiratory Therapists Act (呼吸治療師法) was passed to allow respiratory therapists to be self-employed therapists and provide in-home services to people in need of treatment.

Currently respiratory therapists can only practice in either hospitals or healthcare centers.

DPP Legislator Huang Sue-ying (黃淑英) said the revision was to meet the needs of an increasing number of patients who require respiratory treatment at home.

“The number of patients rose from 921 in 2005 to 2,099 in 2009,” Huang said.

Lawmakers also agreed to have a confirmation vote on four grand justice nominees on June 14, the last day of the current legislative session. The vote will take place following a public hearing on June 8 and a question-and-answer session on June 9.

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