Taiwan

Protests by LGBTQI+ activists, migrant network and railway union in Taiwan

In recent months, there have been protests by LGBTQI+ activists against the marriage law, migrant workers’ rights advocates in support of protections for caregivers and a railways union protesting plans to corporatise the agency. While there is press freedom, there is a very polarised media environment. Read more

Protests by LGBTQI+ activists, migrant network and railway union in Taiwan

Migrant rights groups and workers in Taiwan rally at ministry to be allowed to change employers

A coalition of migrant rights groups and migrant worker organisations rallied outside the Ministry of Labour (MOL) in Taipei on 26th December 2021 to call on the public to join them for a march in January 2022 to push the government to allow blue-collared migrant workers to change employers. Read more

Migrant rights groups and workers in Taiwan rally at ministry to be allowed to change employers

Protests on labour rights and against discriminatory migrant worker policies in Taiwan

In recent months there have been protests by workers demanding that the government raise the minimum wage and fix its deficit-ridden pension programme. Migrant workers’ groups have also been demanding a law to protect migrant home care workers. Civil society groups have also condemned local government authorities and businesses that have imposed restrictions on migrant workers because of COVID-19 that amounted to discrimination. Read more

Protests on labour rights and against discriminatory migrant worker policies in Taiwan

Positive press freedom rankings for Taiwan but ban on Chinese flag and book raises concerns

In recent months, Taiwan ranked highly in Asia in the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) World Press Freedom Index. However, there are civic space concerns about the proposed ban on the display of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) flag as well as a children’s book. Read more

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Positive press freedom rankings for Taiwan but ban on Chinese flag and book raises concerns

Taiwan sets up rights body and accredits foreign journalists but needs to reform its laws

On 1st August 2020, the Taiwanese government established a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). However, human rights groups remain concern about laws combatting misinformation and on protest that are still inconsistent with international standards. Read more

Taiwan sets up rights body and accredits foreign journalists but needs to reform its laws

Protests on migrant worker conditions and discrimination against indigenous people in Taiwan

In recent months there have been protests by migrant workers and migrant rights NGOs against poor working conditions. There were also protests linked to the Black Lives Matter movement highlighting discrimination against indigenous people. At the end of June 2020, one of the few Pride marches was held in Taiwan. The country dropped one place in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index in April 2020 Read more

Protests on migrant worker conditions and discrimination against indigenous people in Taiwan

Women migrant workers rally to demand better working conditions in Taiwan

There have been peaceful protests in recent months calling for better working conditions for women migrant workers as well as by indigenous Tao people demanding the removal of nuclear waste from Orchid Island. Further, the courts have awarded compensation to a group of protesters who were injured during clashes in 2014 over a controversial trade pact with China. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has also raised concerns that press freedom could be affected by Taiwan’s attempts to thwart China’s efforts to influence the media there. Read more

Women migrant workers rally to demand better working conditions in Taiwan

Journalist sued for exposing Chinese meddling in Taiwan media

In recent months, civil society has documented the harassment of a seasoned journalist and legal amendments restricting freedom of movement. At the same time, Taiwan's parliament legalised same-sex marriage in a landmark vote in May 2019. Read more

Journalist sued for exposing Chinese meddling in Taiwan media

Student activists detained during protest against evictions in Taiwan

In March 2019, student activists were detained while protesting against the eviction of the Daguan community while migrant workers from the Philippines and Indonesia demonstrated against violence and poor work conditions. In January 2019, the Taiwan police dismantled the occupation camp of indigenous protesters who had been protesting for 699 days. Read more

Student activists detained during protest against evictions in Taiwan

Mass protest in Taiwan calling for an independence vote

In October 2018, tens of thousands of independence activists took to the streets for a major rally calling for an outright independence vote since Taiwan first became a democracy more than 20 years ago Read more

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Mass protest in Taiwan calling for an independence vote