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Taiwanese People Seeking Help from the International Community

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By yeechen
Posted Oct 5, 2010 in World
Since 1971, Taiwan's seat in the United Nations has been replaced by P.R.C. This has resulted in a difficult situation for the Taiwan government to have formal status to participate in many international affairs. However, in the 15th session of the UN Human Rights Council, it is surprised to hear the voices from Taiwanese people seeking supports from the international community to help Taiwanese people free up from the abuse of the government power.
Mr. Duncan Lee, a member of the UN NGO Association of World Citizens from California, delivered a speech in the workshop “Promotion of the right of peoples to Peace” organized by the “International association of Democratic Lawyers”(IADL) at the 15th session of Human Rights Council, he mentioned that “We hope this is not making a case in Taiwan, we hope such of the case won’t spread around the world.” After the video presentation from Mr. Rene Wadlow, the Chief Representative of AWC to Genva, pinpoint the real case from Taiwan: The “Tai Ji Men unjust tax case” is an example to highlight the importance of government power, since Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy has exhausted all of the possible domestic remedies for 14 years but still cannot get justice and the correction of false administration. Nevertheless, it is shocked to aware that there are nearly 100,000 people in Taiwan are banned to travel abroad while individuals have US$3,000 underpayment of Tax. Besides, there are more than 4.2 million cases are forced to have their assets in auction due to underpayment of tax or fined tickets. All of these are against the basic right to life, liberty and security of person proclaimed in Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations in 1948.
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Dr. Charles Graves from Interfaith International, the Chair Person of this workshop says: “The government miss use its power in this case, this is why the world citizens brought this case to United Nation”. Whether a member state of United Nations or not, ”everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.” The government officials should abide the Article 22, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and make the truce justice can be prevailed.

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