ICJ and other rights groups encourage Taiwan on domestic implementation of human rights

The ICJ, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and Geneva for Human Rights are encouraged by steps taken by Taiwan to review compliance with human rights and urge further steps towards the realization of rights on the ground.

Due to the fact that the territory of Taiwan is not recognized by the international community as a sovereign State, Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations.

As such, the UN HUman Rights Committee and Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights have been unable to review Taiwan’s implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in respect of which Taiwan has enacted incorporating legislation.

Notwithstanding this position, the Government of Taiwan has facilitated a parallel review by independent experts of implementation of these instruments.

This review was conducted on 25-27 February 2013, leading to the adoption by the independent experts of concluding observations and recommendations.

The ICJ, OMCT and Geneva for Human Rights are encouraged by the steps taken.

They urge the Government of Taiwan to undertake prompt and effective steps towards implementation of the recommendations of the independent experts by means that involve a constructive dialogue with civil society, including as this pertains to the abolition of the death penalty.

They also call on the Government to take similar steps for incorporation of human rights standards set out in other universal treaties, including the Convention against Torture.

Taiwan-ICCPR-ICESCR-Conclusions-IndependentExperts-2013 (download concluding observations of the independent experts)

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