Vice President Chen Chien-jen says that Taiwan will invite international experts to review Taiwan's efforts in the area of children's rights. He was speaking Sunday at an event for children with disabilities.
The plan to invite international experts to visit at the end of this year follows the release last November of Taiwan's first national report on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Although Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, it officially adopted the contents of the convention as law in November, 2014. The law is designed to protect the rights of people under the age of 18. It covers everything from civil rights to health and educational rights.
Vice President Chen said that children are a great resource, and that young people are the mainstay of the nation's future. Therefore, he said, it is vital for the government to offer complete protection of their rights.
Chen said that one of the things that children themselves care about most is their right to play. He said that last March, the health ministry revised regulations for playground equipment safety in the hopes of offering the highest level of protection for their wellbeing. The vice president also spoke about government subsidies for those getting married and having children, and about President Tsai Ing-wen's pledge to bolster public child-care programs in order to lift the burden on parents.