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Taiwanese down on country's human rights protections: survey
Central News Agency
2013-12-02 10:22 PM
Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) Only 40 percent of Taiwanese people have a positive view of Taiwan's overall protection of human rights, according to the results of a human rights index survey released by the Taipei-based Chinese Association for Human Rights on Monday. The association examined the government's protection of human rights in the political, judicial, economic, cultural, and environmental spheres between September and October. It also looked at how people perceive the protection of the rights of workers, women, children, senior citizens, people with disabilities and indigenous peoples. According to the results, more than half of the survey's respondents felt that the protection of economic, judicial and environmental and workers' rights was poor. Also only 40 percent of respondents had a positive view of the government's overall human rights protections, down from over half one or two years after the government signed two United Nations human rights covenants in 2009. This should "send an alarm" to the government, the association said. Although Taiwan has been kept out of the United Nations by China, it still passed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights into law in 2009. (By Huang Yi-han and Lilian Wu)
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