Gov’t to write key UN human rights covenants into law: VP
Jan 16, 2017MedicalComments Off on Gov’t to write key UN human rights covenants into law: VP
Vice President Chen Chien-jen says the government will work to write three more United Nations human rights covenants into law. Chen was speaking Monday at a conference on the state of human rights in Taiwan.
Although Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, it has officially adopted the contents of six UN human rights covenants into law. Chen said the first was the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which became law in 1971. That was followed by legislation in 2009 to match a UN covenant on civil and political rights, and another on economic, social and cultural rights.
In recent years, Chen said the government has also introduced legislation safeguarding the rights of women, children, and people with disabilities. He said Taiwan is still working to pass legislation related to three more UN covenants.
So far, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families; and the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance have not been written into law. But we will work hard toward that end," said Chen.