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Democracies facing greatest test: Tsai

Taiwan would confront the destabilizing forces working against democracies while strengthening cooperation with democratic nations, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said in Taipei yesterday at an event marking the 20th anniversary of the state-financed Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.

Democratic nations and the rules-based international community are confronting their “greatest challenge” since the Cold War, Tsai said.

Authoritarian regimes are mounting an effort to “corrode our democratic institutions and undermine human rights” in a bid to spread societal distrust and weaken public confidence in democracy, she said.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 July 2023 04:20 ) Read more...

Cabinet approves tough harassment bills

The Executive Yuan yesterday approved amendments to gender equality laws that would impose stiffer penalties, including up to three years in prison and a maximum fine of NT$1 million (US$32,169) for offenders who use their position or power to sexually harass others.

The amendments to the Act of Gender Equality in Employment (性別平等工作法), the Gender Equity Education Act (性別平等教育法) and the Sexual Harassment Prevention Act (性騷擾防治法) were proposed following a series of harassment scandals that have been exposed since May, with perpetrators ranging from politicians to writers, academics and celebrities.


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Friends and family of former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) were furious after learning that Chen had to wear handcuffs and ankle cuffs while undergoing medical checkups yesterday, saying that while this might be standard procedure, such measures were unnecessary and humiliating.

Jack Chen (陳嘉爵), who recently took over as director of the former president’s office, said Chen Shui-bian was kept bound while undergoing blood tests and receiving treatment for headaches and chest pains.