U.N. Women site deletes graphic citing Taiwan as province of China - Focus Taiwan

U.N. Women site deletes graphic citing Taiwan as province of China

Image taken from facebook.com/unwomen
Image taken from facebook.com/unwomen

Taipei, Aug. 10 (CNA) A United Nations organization has apparently deleted a controversial graphic it posted of flags of countries that recognize same-sex marriages in which it labeled Taiwan as a "province of China."

U.N. Women, which is dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, posted on August 4 a list of 27 nations with their corresponding flags that recognize same-sex marriage.

The flag of the Republic of China (ROC), the official name of Taiwan, appeared in the chart, but the name that went with the flag was "Taiwan Province of China," which is the official U.N. position and Beijing's position.

The Taiwan representative office in New York quickly protested the graphic and demanded that it be corrected.

It also left a message under the post that read: "China is taking credit for something it has not done, and the U.N. is complicit in propagating falsehoods. Taiwan is not a part of China and that is the reality."

The graphic was no longer accessible on the U.N. Women website as of Saturday morning, which was considered a positive development by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

"We think this was a decision made by U.N. Women in consideration of the protest made by our representative office in New York and the tremendous pressure from criticism by different sectors," MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) said in a statement, without elaborating on pressure brought from other quarters.

"The MOFA appreciates the voice of justice from people in Taiwan and overseas. We will closely monitor subsequent actions of U.N. Women," the statement said.

Ou argued that the United Nations has not properly interpreted U.N. General Assembly Resolution 2758, which recognized Beijing as the only legitimate representative of China and has been used by the U.N. as the justification for calling Taiwan a part of China.

"U.N. General Assembly Resolution 2758, which is frequently cited by the U.N. to exclude the participation of 23 million Taiwanese people in the U.N., never identified Taiwan as part of China," the statement said.

The U.N. should look to include Taiwan in appropriate ways to genuinely fulfill its goal to serve all of mankind and respect the principles of inclusion and universality, the statement said.

(By Emerson Lim)


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