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Taipei City councilors form Tibet caucus

2019/03/14 19:33:15

Lin Liang-chun (林亮君, second left), Lin Ying-meng (林穎孟, center) and Huang Yu-fen (黃郁芬, second right) of the New Power Party, Wu Pei-yi (吳沛憶, third right) of the Democratic Progressive Party, Miao Po-ya (苗博雅, left) of the Social Democratic Party, and independent Chiu Wei-chieh (邱威傑, right)

Taipei, March 14 (CNA) Thirteen councilors from the pan-green camp announced the formation of a Tibet caucus in the Taipei City Council Thursday, vowing to lend greater support to Tibet and its people.

Members of the caucus include Lin Liang-chun (林亮君), Lin Ying-meng (林穎孟) and Huang Yu-fen (黃郁芬) of the New Power Party, Wu Pei-yi (吳沛憶) of the Democratic Progressive Party, Miao Po-ya (苗博雅) of the Social Democratic Party, and independent Chiu Wei-chieh (邱威傑).

Lin Ying-meng will serve as convener of the group, with Wu as her deputy, it was announced.

Lin said it was decided to establish the group despite criticism, noting that many countries voiced support for Tibet during the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule, which was observed globally, including in Taipei.

According to Lin, around 100 Tibetans live in Taipei City, and the city government should draft a set of regulations to cater to their educational and housing needs.

She also proposed designating March 10 Tibet human rights day and helping Tibetans hold activities to commemorate the uprising, while calling on the city government to address problems encountered by Tibetans in Taipei and increase interactions with Tibetan officials.

Wu, meanwhile, said the Tibet caucus will help Taiwan reach out through city-to-city exchanges focusing on issues related to human rights.

She expressed disappointment that Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) did not make an official statement on Tibetan Uprising Day.

(By Liu Chien-pang and Flor Wang)
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