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Taiwan legalises same-sex marriage after historic bill passes

Responding to the news that lawmakers in Taiwan have passed a law that will see the island become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage, Annie Huang, Acting Director of Amnesty International Taiwan, said: “Taiwan has today made history in the fight for equality for LGBTI people. Love has won over hate, and equality has won over discrimination. This is a moment to cherish and celebrate, but it has been a long and arduous campaign for Taiwan to become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. “We hope this landmark vote will generate waves across Asia and offer a much

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Taiwan: Draft law on same-sex marriage 'a huge step forward for equality'

Responding to the release of a draft law which will act as a legal basis for recognising same-sex marriage in Taiwan, Annie Huang, Amnesty International Taiwan’s Director, said: “This is a huge step forward for marriage equality in Taiwan. The draft law is the first of its kind in Asia to allow same-sex marriage. It sends a strong message to the Taiwanese people and the world that Taiwan chooses love over hate, and equality over discrimination. “We welcome the bill proposed by Taiwan’s Executive Yuan. It pursues the equal protection of the freedom of marriage for two persons of the same sex

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Jan 21 2018 10:27AM
Human Rights Day 2017: Free Prisoners of Conscience

On 10 December 2017, over 100 activists gathered to mark #HumanRightsDay2017 at Chinese Embassy in London,calling for #FreePrisonersOfConscience #FreeLiuXia #FreeIlhamTohti #TashiWangchuk in cold and sleet weather. #國際人權日2017...

Dec 6 2017 11:51PM
Major trends of human rights violations in Mainland China and Hong Kong

Ahead of Human Rights Day, there have been major trends in human rights violations in Mainland China and Hong Kong. This past autumn, Yang Tongyan (a.k.a. Yang Tianshui), a freelance writer and democracy veteran, died of brain cancer...

Urgent Action: Taiwan NGO worker faces life imprisonment in China

Lee Ming-cheh was seen “confessing” on camera to charges of “subversion” during his trial.

3rd update on UA 71/17 issued 23/10/2017

Urgent Action update: Taiwan NGO worker to be tried for subversion in China

Lee Ming-cheh will be tried for subversion by a court in Yueyang city, Hunan province.

2nd update on UA 71/17 issued 08/09/2017

Urgent Action update: Taiwan NGO worker arrested for subversion in China

Lee Ming-cheh, the first foreign NGO worker detained after the new Foreign NGO Management Law came into effect, has been formally arrested on suspicion of “subverting state power”.

1st update on UA 71/17 issued 02/06/2017

Taiwan: Restraint urged in protests over China trade deal

The Taiwanese security forces must protect and respect human rights in any response to the hundreds of protestors that have occupied the nation’s parliament, Amnesty International said today.

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TAIWAN: Broken promises as six executed

Taiwan’s execution of six people today makes a mockery of the authorities’ stated commitment to abolish the death penalty, Amnesty International said. Zeng Si-ru, Hung Ming-tsung, Huang Hsien-cheng, Chen Chin-huo, Kuang Te-chiang and Tai Te-ying were executed earlier today at different locations across Taiwan. The executions by shooting are the first in the country this year. Five people were executed in 2011 and 55 people are awaiting execution and have exhausted all appeals. Roseann Rife, Head of East Asia at Amnesty International, said: “This is cold-blooded killing by the Taiwanese

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Taiwan: Urgent appeal to prevent imminent execution

Appeal to stop execution after justice minister backtracks over statements made to Amnesty International on death penalty. Amnesty International has today issued an urgent appeal against the imminent execution of a man in Taiwan after an order for his execution was reportedly signed by the Minister of Justice on 1 December. The Minister of Justice, Shih Mao-Lin, appears to have signed the execution order just weeks after sending a letter to Amnesty International in which he promised to “give serious thought to [Amnesty International's] suggestion not to carry out any executions over the coming

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