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Human rights are universal and form the basis for evaluating development of any given society. In light of the increasing emphasis on human rights in the international society, the United Nations has been encouraging, promoting and assisting individual countries in the establishment of their national human rights institutions since 1993, by the so-called “Paris Principles.” National human rights institutions usually operate through the National Human Rights Commission, which investigates people’s complaints, protects human rights, promotes the realization of human rights standards specified in domestic and international laws, and fulfills international human rights obligations.

Since its establishment in May 2000, the Control Yuan’s Committee on Human Rights Protection has shouldered the responsibility of safeguarding human rights by exercising the following powers:

1. Identify and investigate cases involving violations of human rights
2. Deliberate and advise on matters relating to human rights investigation reports
3. Propose changes to existing human rights acts
4. Promote and monitor domestic implementation of international human rights covenants
5. Establish and maintain contact with human rights organizations in Taiwan and around the world
6. Promote human rights awareness

Among the complaints received by the Control Yuan, near 50% involve human rights violations. The complaints have been further categorized into twelve human rights as follows:

Right to freedom
Right to equality
Political rights
Right to judicial protection
Right to health and life
Right to work
Right to property
Right to cultural life
Right to education
Environmental rights
Right to social security
Other rights

The Committee holds monthly meetings presided by the convener to discuss matters relating to human rights protection. A member from within the committee shall be chosen as interim chairperson in the convener’s absence. Non-members, including Control Yuan members and third parties may also attend meetings if necessary. For the committee meeting to be lawful, a quorum must exist with at least 50% of committee members present. Resolutions can only be made with consent by all attending members. For cases involving serious human rights violations, the Committee may recommend Member(s) to deliberate or advise any Control Yuan Members in charge of the investigation.