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Still no action on refugee act

On World Refugee Day on Thursday last week, lawmakers and civic groups issued a reminder that Taiwan still does not have a refugee act.

First proposed in 2005, a refugee bill in 2016 finally made it past a first reading — but nothing has been done since.


Forced organ harvesting in China

On Monday last week, an independent tribunal based in London published its final judgement and summary report following an investigation into forced organ harvesting in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The tribunal’s members unanimously concluded that they were “certain” and “sure beyond reasonable doubt” that forced organ harvesting from prisoners — that is the removal of organs from the bodies of previously conscious and healthy inmates without their consent — continues in China “involving a very substantial number of victims.”


Thousands protest pro-China media

People protest against pro-China media in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

Tens of thousands of people yesterday rallied in Taipei to protest against media outlets that spread fabricated news for Beijing and called for tighter regulations to counter China’s manipulation of local media.


Report lauds Taiwan for Muslim rights

Taiwan has made “significant” progress in improving rights for Muslims, the US Department of State said on Friday in its International Religious Freedom report for last year.

The report cited the Chinese-Muslim Association as saying: The “authorities were making significant progress in improving rights for Muslims,” such as by increasing the number of restaurants and hotels that cater to Muslims’ dietary requirements and establishing prayer rooms for them.


Police besieged by Hong Kong demonstrators

Protesters gather outside police headquarters in Hong Kong yesterday.
Photo: AP

Thousands of protesters yesterday evening blockaded the Hong Kong police headquarters, demanding the resignation of the territory’s pro-Beijing leader and the release of demonstrators arrested during Hong Kong’s worst political crisis in decades.


US to help fend off PRC meddling

US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver speaks at the Asia Policy Assembly conference in Washington on Wednesday.
Photo: screen grab from the Internet

In anticipation that China will try to meddle in next year’s presidential election, the US has started dialogue with Taiwan to help strengthen its ability to deal with the issue, a US official said on Wednesday.

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The trial of former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) was a test of Taiwan’s young democracy — and the country received just average marks, observers say.

The Taipei District Court on Friday found 58-year-old Chen — in detention since December — guilty of embezzling state funds, laundering money, accepting bribes and committing forgery.