Oct 15, 2018

Taiwan: UN Met with Complaint After Discrimination of Visitors

A Taiwanese visitor was barred from visiting the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York. The woman said she was denied access to the building because she is Taiwanese. On Saturday 13 October 2018, the Taiwanese government filed a complaint with the UN and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement condemning what seems to be the UN bowing to political pressure from China.

The article below was published by Focus Taiwan:


The Taiwan government has filed a protest with the United Nations after a Taiwanese visitor was denied entry to the world body's headquarters in New York, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday [13 October 2018].

In its protest, the government asked the U.N. to not discriminate against Taiwanese visitors, in line with the U.N.'s universal principles of fairness and justice, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said.

Blocking visits by people from Taiwan is a serious infringement on their rights, Lee added.

The protest stemmed from an incident earlier this week, in which a visitor to the U.N. headquarters in New York said she was denied access to the building for no other reason than she was Taiwanese.

Taiwan's foreign ministry later asked its office in New York to verify the woman's report, and on Saturday MOFA issued a statement in condemnation of the U.N.'s action.

Saying that the U.N. was bowing to political pressure, MOFA said it will continue to demand that the world body make improvements in that regard. 


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