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Tag: assembly law

226 incident must be investigated

On the evening of 26 February a group of Taiwanese university students in Taipei went out to show their support for the Jasmine Revolution in China. While attempting to cross the road they were blocked from crossing by a group of plain-clothes people claiming to be police officers. The video embedded above shows the incident. [...]

Court questions constitutionality of Assembly Law

The Taipei District Court has suspended a case involving Lee Ming-tsung (李明聰), an NTU assistant professor and one of the initiators of the Wild Strawberry Movement (野草莓學運), who was charged under the Assembly and Parade Law (集會遊行法). The judge said a constitutional interpretation of the law was necessary before a verdict could be made in [...]

Assembly Law attacks freedom of speech

The Taiwan Association for Human Rights (台灣人權促進會; TAHR) and Forum Asia have released a joint statement calling on Taiwan to respect and protect freedom of assembly by dropping charges against two prominent human rights defenders and amend the Parade and Assembly Law (集會遊行法) in accordance to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). [...]

517: DPP reclaim the streets

Hundreds of thousands# of people took to the streets of Taipei and Kaohsiung today for the DPP’s 517 rally. The rally marked the one year anniversary of President Ma Ying-jeou taking office. During this time there has been the financial crisis, rising unemployment and concerns that closer ties to China were at the expense of [...]

Su Beng still going strong

An article by Michael Richardson in the Boston Progressive Examiner includes a photo of Su Beng (史明) that I took during a protest against the amendments to the Parade and Assembly Law on Monday. The article begins, “Any reports of Su Beng being retired from his long activism for Taiwan independence are mistaken. The 92 [...]

Freedom of assembly is a basic right

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 20: (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. ROC Constitution (de facto constitution of Taiwan) Article 14 : The people shall have freedom of assembly and of association. International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights Article 21: The right of peaceful assembly shall [...]

Assembly Law amendments restrict rights

A group of Taiwanese NGOs held a press conference at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei this morning to criticise the proposed amendments to the Parade and Assembly Law (集會遊行法). A-gu has a recent post explaining the law and the amendments. The Legislative Yuan will vote on the amendments tomorrow.