DPP lawmakers seek to pass resolution on Myanmar in Legislature
Taipei, April 8 (CNA) The legislative caucus of Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will seek to pass a resolution in the Legislature on Friday to express concerns over the recent violence in Myanmar, DPP Legislator Fan Yun (范雲) said on Thursday.
The Legislature will discuss the draft resolution proposed by the DPP at Friday's session, said Fan at a press conference intended to condemn the violent crackdown by Myanmar's troops on anti-coup protesters, who are calling for the release of detained officials, including pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
According to Fan, the draft resolution urges Myanmar's troops to stop using force against peaceful protesters and to instead use dialogue to resolve the stand-off between the military and protesters.
Protesters against the military coup on Feb. 1 have been met with violent crackdown and bloodshed in recent weeks. According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) monitoring group, the death toll has surpassed 500 by the end of March.
Fan later said in a Facebook post that she hopes the draft resolution will gain bipartisan support in Taiwan's Legislature.
She said Taiwan's government should strengthen protection for Taiwanese people living in Myanmar and consider extending the validity of Burmese people's residence permits in Taiwan.
The Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR), meanwhile, called on the political parties in Taiwan to set aside their differences and pass the draft resolution unanimously on Friday to show their support for Myanmar's democracy and human rights.
TAHR Secretary-General Shih Yi-hsiang (施逸翔) added that the government should extend the validity of the residence permit of Burmese people in Taiwan based on humanitarian considerations.
At the same time, DPP lawmaker Hung Sun-han (洪申翰) said state-run enterprises and banks that have investments in Myanmar should avoid any business dealings with Burmese individuals or entities that have been sanctioned by the international community.
Hung said he has been in touch with Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Financial Supervisory Committee, and other government agencies over the matter to make sure that the state-run enterprises and banks will not be an "accomplice" to the military.
Lawmaker Chiang Yung-chang (江永昌) said the biggest Burmese community in Taiwan is located in his constituency, Zhonghe District of New Taipei City, and that many Burmese-born residents have raised concerns about the situation in Myanmar and their loved ones in the country.
Chiang urged the Myanmar troops to immediately abandon the use of violence against Burmese citizens.
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