Dec 10, 2012

Taiwan: World Leadership In Human Rights

Taiwan was recognized as a key player and world leader by an international child rights group earlier this week. Taiwanese institutions were also praised.

Below is an article published by the Focus Taiwan:


Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) Taiwan has shown world leadership on the issue of human rights although it is not recognized by the United Nations, an international child rights group said Monday. "Taiwan is a key player. ... Taiwan is a world leader in this particular aspect of human rights for good reason," said Maureen Crombie, chairwoman of ECPAT International, on Human Rights Day.

Crombie praised Taiwan's legal framework and quality law enforcement during an interview after receiving a human rights award in Taipei in recognition of her group's dedication to ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Asia. Although Taiwan is not a member of the U.N., "on behalf of human heart, we don't necessarily need U.N. instruments to do the right thing," Crombie said.

Mark Capaldi, research and program adviser of the rights group, supported Crombie's view, saying that human rights are universal and everyone should expect and aspire to reach the global standard. "It's obviously a challenge for Taiwan. However, it did not stop Taiwan from strengthening its legal framework so that it meets the international standard," he said.

"Despite the challenge, it has motivated Taiwan to do even more and to show the world that this is an important issue that concerns them internationally, not just in Taiwan."Taiwan has also funded and supported many international projects and events to help prevent trafficking and sexual exploitation of children, Capaldi said.

Established in 1991 to stop child sex tourism in Asia, the ECPAT network now has more than 80 groups in over 70 countries worldwide, including Taiwan. The groups are all independent organizations or coalitions working against commercial sexual exploitation of children.