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Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights On the Line
2017-02-26
  • Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Public hearing TAPCPR (photo courtesy of TAPCPR)
  • Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Rainbow zebra-crossing (photo courtesy of TAPCPR)
  • Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Fighting for marriage equality rights Victoria Hsu(left) Chih-Chieh Chien (right) (photo courtesy of TAPCPR)
  • Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Candle light vigil for marriage equality in Taipei (photo courtesy of TAPCPR)
  • Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    March for marriage equality with more than 3,000 participants (photo courtesy of TAPCPR)

The Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) was founded in 2009 to promote the expansion of civil rights for same sex couples including the rights to inherit and to adopt a child. The president of TAPCR, Victoria Hsu said they sent to the legislature the draft amendment to the Civil Code which incorporated the issue of same sex marriage in 2013 and passed its first reading. The bill failed to pass the second and third readings by late 2015 and it was automatically invalidated.

 

In 2016, DPP legislator proposed amendments to the Civil Code by adding the paragraph recognizing “both parties of a same sex marriage. But according to Victoria Hsu, Article 971-1 or known as 971-bis is the most controversial as it applies to gay and heterosexual couples, but not to the intersex, transgender people and the third gender.

 

Victoria Hsu, the president of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) will share with us her views on same sex marriage. Victoria Hsu is a lawyer and a member of the Gender Equality Committee of the Executive Yuan (Taiwan’s Cabinet).

Prof.Lee Hong-yuan: Urban renewal needed for earthquake disaster prevention in Taiwan

Prof.Lee Hong-yuan: Urban renewal needed for earthquake disaster prevention in Taiwan

Prof.Lee Hong-yuan: Urban renewal needed for earthquake disaster prevention in Taiwan

2016-04-24 01:00:00

RTI’s Carlson Wong On the Line features an interview with Prof.Lee Hong-yuan

 

Taiwan is situated on a crust of earthquake pushing together of the Eurasian and Philippine Sea plates over a very long period of time. The 921 earthquake that hit central Taiwan with a magnitude of 7.3 caused the collapse of 80,000 buildings and 2,400 deaths in 1999. This year’s earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan with a magnitude of 6.4 caused widespread damage and 117deaths. Most of the deaths were caused by a collapsed building in Yongkang Disctrict in Tainan. Prof.Lee Hong-yuan, a professor in the department of civil engineering at National Taiwan University, said, in 2013, he had warned the danger of buildings located in that area once a major earthquake hit.

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Dr.Kennedy Ondieki: Kenya should have sent Taiwanese suspects back to Taiwan instead of to China

Dr.Kennedy Ondieki: Kenya should have sent Taiwanese suspects back to Taiwan instead of to China

Dr.Kennedy Ondieki: Kenya should have sent Taiwanese suspects back to Taiwan instead of to China

2016-04-17 01:00:00

45 Taiwanese suspected of involvement of a phone fraud ring in Kenya have been sent to China rather than deported to Taiwan. The move has led Taiwan to lodge a protest with Kenya and China. The Taiwanese government has asked the mainland Chinese government to release the Taiwanese. In early April, Kenya had forcibly deported Taiwanese suspects to China.

 

Dr.Kennedy Ondieki, an assistant professor at National Chengchi University in Taipei, said the Kenyan government should have sent the Taiwanese back to Taiwan instead of to China, adding that it could have been a case of mistaken identity. Dr.Ondieki used to serve as a court clerk in Kenya for four years.

 

The detainees were asked by Taiwan’s representative to South Africa, John Chen to resist if the Kenyan police tried to remove them from the detention center as the suspects had been deceived by the Kenyan police saying that they had bought them tickets to Taiwan, but instead, the police had tried to deport them to China. Kenyan police used submachine guns and tear gas to break down the walls of the detention center later. Taiwan’s South African representative John Chen had gone to Kenya to obtain a court injunction that prohibited the Kenyan police to take the Taiwanese suspects away by force, but the Kenyan police ignored the injunction. Dr.Kennedy Ondieki said the police should not have ignored the court injunction but Taiwanese official in Kenya should not have asked the suspects to resist either.

 

Taiwan has now hired lawyers to file a lawsuit against Kenya’s interior minister and head of police for violations of laws. Taiwan also filed a protest with Kenya’s National Commission on Human rights that had transferred the case to Independent Police Oversight Authority for further investigation.

 

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Ahmet Yeşil art exhibition in Taipei

Ahmet Yeşil art exhibition in Taipei

Ahmet Yeşil art exhibition in Taipei

2016-04-10 01:00:00

Ahmet Yeşil is a famous Turkish painter and his painting exhibition in Taipei runs from April 6th to 29th. Yeşil’s works can be seen in private and public collections in Turkey and abroad. His art has been exhibited in the Louvre Museum in Paris every year since 2006. He is a member of the UNICEF International Association of Plastic Arts and International Association of Plastic Arts of the Ankara United Artists and Sculptors. His childhood illness let him wheelchair-bound and that was the time he was encouraged to start his art career. To date, he has opened 105 personal exhibitions and taken part in 297 group and contest exhibitions, Ahmet Yeşil has also won 24 awards in national and international contests. His work spans around 3000 pieces.

 

Translators: Deputy representative of Turkish Trade Office, Mr.Tolga Gunes and Mr.Tanet Kuan

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CEO Sleepout raises funds for the homeless in Taiwan

CEO Sleepout raises funds for the homeless in Taiwan

CEO Sleepout raises funds for the homeless in Taiwan

2016-04-03 01:00:00

The Salvation Army is a global non-profit organization that has been in operation in Taiwan for more than 50 years and it has provided services and assistance to the homeless people and disaster emergency relief to the most vulnerable people in Taiwan.

 

Bob Lee, the Regional Commander Lieutenant Colonel of Salvation Army Taiwan Regional Headquarters, said currently there are around 5000 officially registered homeless people and the Salvation Army Taiwan provides caring shelter to the homeless adding that in the future, the Salvation Army Taiwan will provide overnight shelter.

 

One special event that they held at the end of February is CEO Sleepout, a fundraising event inviting business leaders and foreign diplomats to experience what being homeless feels like, sleeping overnight on the floor with a sleeping bag and a sheet of cardboard. The event raised around 1 million Taiwan dollars (USD$300,000). 

 

For more information, please visit https://salvationarmy.org.tw/

 

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