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Prof Huang Jun Jie on National Human Rights Report, International Review, and Their Implications

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Prof Huang Jun Jie on National Human Rights Report, International Review, and Their Implications

On September 23, 2015, the Human Rights Protection Committee of the Control Yuan invited Dr Huang Jun-Jie of the Department of Law at National Chung-Cheng University and a current member of the Presidential Office Human Rights Consultative Committee to talk about the national human rights report, the international review, and their implication, offering some concrete suggestions as to how the Control Yuan can better contribute to the national human rights report, and ensures that the government full its international human rights obligations.

Having been involved in promoting human rights protection for many years and chaired many of the report review sessions, Prof. Huang stresses that the national human rights report is by no means a policy white paper, or a written defense on public policy, but rather a truthful report on the current human rights status, problems, and solutions in Taiwan. Looking back at the international review meeting held in 2013, a panel of ten esteemed experts from around the world gathered in Taipei to engage in open dialogue with lawmakers, government representatives, and civil groups to gain insight into the human rights status in the country. At the end of the meeting, the panelists listed eighty-one concluding observations and recommendations, including establishing an independent and autonomous national human rights institution, indigenous people’s rights, gender discrimination and labor rights, calling for the government to step up its effort in tacking these issues.

Prof. Huang looks forward to continual effort by the Control Yuan in safeguarding human rights in taking the initiative to expose maladministration and issuing impeachment or censure accordingly, or requesting government agencies to make corrections or amend the laws if the problem is institutional. Prof. Huang encourages the use of temporary measures to actively protect human rights and uses the example of a gender-friendly environment in the army that gives multi-gendered individuals a sense of security when they take part in compulsory military service.

The two-hour session was chaired by Vice President and Convener of the Human Rights Protection Committee Sun Ta Chuan and attended by President Chang Po Ya. Vice President Sun thanked Prof. Huang for his honest observation and insight and urged continual collaboration between all members of the staff in handling human rights issues. The lecture was attended by a full crowd.