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President Tsai to apologize to Taiwan's indigenous people Aug. 1

President Tsai to apologize to Taiwan's indigenous people Aug. 1

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen will apologize on behalf of the government to the country's indigenous people on Aug. 1, Indigenous Peoples' Day, an official said Thursday.

A truth and reconciliation commission will also be established under the Presidential Office to handle matters regarding transitional justice for indigenous people, Executive Yuan Secretary-General Chen Mei-ling said.

She said the Cabinet will work to rebuild the historical perspective of indigenous people and promote autonomy of the minority group as part of the government's efforts to realize transitional justice.

Icyang Parod, head of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, said the government's top priority in the area of transitional justice is to push for a law on the autonomy of indigenous people and to integrate the traditions of the indigenous people into the country's legal system.

Tsai has said many times that she will apologize to Taiwan's indigenous people, whom she said have experienced different rulers and foreign immigrants in the past and are at a disadvantage in terms of economics, education and health.

She said she will apologize for the historical inequality and oppression of the indigenous people. (By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-01-20 23:32 GMT+08:00