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Taiwan delegation attends U.N. forum on women's rights

Taiwan delegation attends U.N. forum on women's rights

A delegation from Taiwan participated in the 52nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women which began on Monday in New York. The convention allowed participants to exchange views and experiences on gender equality.
Local representatives were, however, still regret that Taiwan was excluded by the U.N. more than a year ago from being a signatory of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women due to political reasons.
"We feel sorry about the U.N.'s decision not to accept Taiwan's application to be a part of the convention," said Taiwan's delegation deputy head Yen Hsiang-luan yesterday.
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, adopted in 1979 by the U.N. General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women.
A total of 185 countries has signed and ratified the treaty and are committed to putting the provisions of the convention into practice.
Keen to take part in the convention, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed a bill to join which was later promulgated by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and sent to the U.N. last February in an attempt to have Taiwan included in CEDAW.
Access denied
The U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon denied Taiwan's right to take part in CEDAW last March, citing Resolution 2758, which Ban claimed concludes that "Taiwan is part of the People's Republic of China," and not a member of the U.N., thus it has no right to be part of the convention.
The U.N. General Assembly Resolution 2758 was adopted on October 25, 1971, and replaced the Republic of China, then ruled by Kuomintang, with the Communist People's Republic of China as the sole representative of China in the United Nations.
Yeh said that though the U.N. would not approve Taiwan's participation in the convention, local scholars and experts on women rights are able to attend the annual CSW gathering where they are able to fully exchange opinions with their foreign counterparts.


Updated : 2021-03-02 07:32 GMT+08:00