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DPP proposes 'human rights clause' in cross-strait agreements

2010/12/10 17:07:06

Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party(DPP) urged the government Friday to include a "human rights clause"in the planned agreements between Taiwan and China as an indicationof Taiwan's concern for the universal issue.

According to the DPP, democracy and human rights should be put onthe agenda of the cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges because they areTaiwan's most important assets.

"The administration of President Ma Ying-jeou must take concreteaction to show its support for China's democracy activists and showthe world that Taiwan stands firmly behind the pursuit of democracyand human rights, " said DPP spokesman Lin Yu-chang at a newsconference held to mark Human Rights Day.

Lin urged Beijing to respond to the international community'scall for the release of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo fromprison and an end to the house arrest of his wife Liu Xia.

Also on Friday, DPP Legislator Chen Ting-fei suggested thatimmigration authorities refuse to admit Beijing Deputy Mayor Ji Lin,who is scheduled to visit Taiwan Dec. 13, on grounds that he haspersecuted Falun Gong followers.

The proposal was made based on a resolution adopted by theLegislative Yuan Tuesday asking authorities to list Chinesegovernment officials who violate human rights as personas non grata,which means they will be refused entry to Taiwan.

In response, Shih Chen-chia, an official of the NationalImmigration Agency (NIA) under the Ministry of the Interior, said theNIA attaches great importance to the legislature's resolution and hasincluded the issue on the agenda of an intra-ministerial meetingscheduled for Dec. 14.

Shih said he will also pass on to his superiors Chen's proposalthat Ji be denied entry to Taiwan.

(By Sophia Yeh, Justin Su and Y.F. Low)