文／黃怡碧 ( 人權公約施行監督聯盟執行長、台灣國際醫學聯盟 研究員 )
By Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
Civic groups yesterday called for President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to fulfill her election promise of establishing a national human rights commission, saying the Control Yuan and Council of Grand Justices have been unwilling to examine domestic laws in light of international norms.
Members of Covenants Watch, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights and other groups joined Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators Yu Mei-nu (尤美女) and Wellington Koo (顧立雄) at an event at which they used a hammer to smash open two blocks of ice containing pieces of paper representing legislation to create the commission, which they said has been “frozen” since being proposed by former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) due to Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) opposition.
“Every government will make mistakes, and there needs to be an internal mechanism to address them and prevent the impairment of human rights,” Convenants Watch convener Huang Song-lih (黃嵩立) said, adding that the commission could raise domestic awareness of human rights by comparing domestic laws and institutions with international laws, submitting recommendations for reform to relevant government agencies.