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Tai Ji Men Unlawful Tax Case Presented in UN Human Rights Council

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By yeechen
Posted Oct 5, 2010 in World
“The reason why Association of World Citizens takes the case to the United Nations is the obvious abuse of government power. Even though the court has ruled in favor of Tai Ji Men, tax authority still assesses illegitimate taxes.”, said Dr. Charles Graves, Secretary General of Interfaith International, in the 15th session of the Human Rights Council after watching the video report on the Tai Ji Men tax case made by Rene Wadlow, a long time human rights activist and chief representative of Association of World Citizens in Geneva.
According to statistics, 85% of the participants are UN officers and government representatives in the UN headquarter in Geneva. Only very limited number of NGO representatives are allowed access to the conference. Since Taiwan is not a UN member state, there has never been any Taiwan issue discussed in the Council since its establishment. Thanks to the introduction of Rene Wadlow, a long time human rights activist, senior vice president of Association of World Citizens and chief editor of InterPerspective, a meeting was organized by International Association of Democratic Lawyers to hear the case of state violence by Taiwan government on September 29.
Duncan Lee  an American CPA and Tai Ji Men dizi  explained the details of Tai Ji Men tax case.
Duncan Lee, an American CPA and Tai Ji Men dizi, explained the details of Tai Ji Men tax case.
Duncan Lee, an American CPA and Tai Ji Men dizi, explained the details of Tai Ji Men tax case. “The reason why we take the case to the United Nations is we have experienced the social unrest from unfair tax policy and hoped there will be no similar unrests created out of illegitimate taxation in other parts of the world.” Duncan Lee expressed that since he started learning accounting in 16, he understands the purpose of taxation is to protect human rights and the collection of taxes should be legitimate, fair and reasonable and for the best interest of people. Tai Ji Men dizi is working hard not just to solve the Tai Ji Men case, but also for the greater good of having no violations of taxpayer’s human rights in other parts of the world.
Dr. Charles Graves, Secretary General of Interfaith International, expressed sorry for not being able to allocate more time to the discussion. Rene Wadlow commented when interviewed, “Taxpayer’s human rights are to become emerging new topic in the UN Human Rights Council.” Rene would like to remind Taiwan government that “Taiwan is in a very unique political situation. It is not an UN member state and does not have formal diplomatic ties with many nations. What it can count on is the friendliness and receptiveness of the international community. The state violence against Tai Ji Men by tax authority has seriously hindered Tai Ji Men’s efforts in cultural exchanges and the promotion and preservation of high Chinese culture, which is a great contribution Tai Ji Men can make to Taiwan. Since the tax authority in Taiwan has not responded to taxpayer’s requests, that’s why we have to speak out with international friends and make President Ma understand the state violence and take corrective actions.”
Rene Wadlow said that “All the members of Association of World Citizens and other human rights organizations will do whatever in our power to help justice prevail in Tai Ji Men case and other cases of human rights violations.” If Taiwan government continues its inaction to address the human rights violations of Tai Ji Men, Rene Wadlow will submit the case to the UN Commission on Human Rights and to seek justice.

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