Taiwan lodges protest with U.N. for barring Taiwanese visitor

10/13/2018 10:20 PM

Taipei, Oct. 13 (CNA) The Taiwan government has filed a protest with the United Nations after a Taiwanese visitor was denied entry to the world body's headquarters in New York, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday.

In its protest, the government asked the U.N. to not discriminate against Taiwanese visitors, in line with the U.N.'s universal principles of fairness and justice, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said.

Blocking visits by people from Taiwan is a serious infringement on their rights, Lee added.

The protest stemmed from an incident earlier this week, in which a visitor to the U.N. headquarters in New York said she was denied access to the building for no other reason than she was Taiwanese.

Taiwan's foreign ministry later asked its office in New York to verify the woman's report, and on Saturday MOFA issued a statement in condemnation of the U.N.'s action.

Saying that the U.N. was bowing to political pressure, MOFA said it will continue to demand that the world body make improvements in that regard.

(By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin)

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