【TAIPEI TIMES】Groups call for national human rights commission

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.

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【新頭殼】顧立雄:補提名11監委 當國家人權委員會委員

新頭殼newtalk |  台北報導

發布 2016.07.01 | 12:22 PM

 

針對國家人權委員會設置,民進黨不分區立委顧立雄1日拋出新想法,將委員會設置在監察院下獨立行使職權,並由總統補提名目前缺額的11名監委,擔任委員會委員。

蔡英文去年12月9日出席出席「全國律師蔡英文、陳建仁後援會」成立大會時曾承諾,當選後,將成立獨立運作、不受政治干預的「國家人權委員會」,防止重大侵害人權事件的發生,同時也還要誠實撰寫「國家人權報告」,不做任何虛假的掩飾。

而前總統陳水扁在2000年就職演說時也表示,將推動「台灣人權法典」,並設立獨立運作的國家人權委員會。不過,迄今國家人權委員會不僅還沒成立,到底應該設在哪裡,社會也還無共識。

人權公約施行監督聯盟與台灣人權促進會1日上午召開「束之高閣18年 解凍國家人權委員會」記者會。對於成立國家人權委員會,台灣人權促進會執委廖福特表示,前總統陳水扁有意願,但當時國會沒有多數;前總統馬英九則是國會有多數,卻沒意願;蔡英文是有意願、有多數,但現在要檢驗她的意願有多強。他強調,國家人權委員會除了個案調查,也必須在人權的制度上要求行政權改善,在國會、政府提出建議。

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【自由時報】控訴河靜鋼鐵廠破壞生態 環團嗆台塑「負起責任」

人權公約施行監督聯盟黃怡碧呼籲,蔡政府的新南向政策也該關注包括人權、勞動權益、環境永續、民主治理等價值,中鋼也有投資河靜鋼鐵廠,經濟部又是中鋼的最大股東,她建議政府應該訂出相關規範,讓本國企業在海外侵犯人權時,有可利用的申訴機制,甚至是予以刑事追訴究責。

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