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Taiwan's human rights situation good but still flawed: EU report

Taiwan's human rights situation good but still flawed: EU report

Brussels, June 22 (CNA)
The European Union has described Taiwan as having a good human rights situation and domestic policies to implement international standards, but it said support for the death penalty remains a problem, according to an annual report released by the EU Monday.
In the EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2014, the EU again deplored the five executions that took place in Taiwan in April last year and called for an immediate moratorium on executions, as recommended by international experts in 2013.
Six more death row inmates were executed in Taiwan earlier this month.
On the situation in China, the EU said its goal for human rights there remained the ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) with, as a medium-term objective, respect for ICCPR provisions and certain provisions of China's Constitution, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law.
It said the EU also pursued its global campaign against the death penalty in China, especially as it remains the country with the highest number of executions.
As one of the central pillars of the ICCPR, freedom of expression in China, online and offline, also remained an EU priority, it said.
The EU also continued to promote the enjoyment of all human rights by people belonging to minorities, including Uighurs and Tibetans, it added.
As to Hong Kong, the EU is closely following developments related to the introduction of universal suffrage for the election of the Chief Executive in 2017, the report said.
On July 18 and Oct. 2 2014, the EU issued statements reiterating its support for deeper democratization, the introduction of universal suffrage and a fair electoral system which allows a high degree of political participation for the people of Hong Kong, it said.
The EU continued to support civil society in Hong Kong through regular contact with human rights defenders, NGOs and the media, and the organization of human rights seminars and workshops, the report said. (By Leaf Chiang and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-03-09 13:43 GMT+08:00