Is the Taiwan National Immigration Agency Harassing Social Movement Participants?

Is the Taiwan National Immigration Agency Harassing Social Movement Participants?
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The Taiwan Association for Human Rights is currently discussing whether or not to prosecute the negligence of the NIA and they expect to uncover the under-the-table operation of the immigration case review committee.

“Is the Taiwan National Immigration Agency Harassing Social Movement Participants?"

The first time young German Ho Dan-lin came to Taiwan was to be an environment volunteer. In 2013, Ho was refused entry by the National Immigration Agency (NIA) because he came to participate in an anti-nuclear event.

Newtalk reports, there are no photos and witnesses to prove Ho’s participation in the 6/11 anti-nuclear activity and the Taipei District Court decided that the NIA should pay Ho a compensation of NT$ 125,000 (approximately US$ 3,900) for emotional damages, and the case can’t be appealed any further.

Shi Yi-xiang, executive secretary of the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, states that the immigration case review committee under NIA has a blacklist of foreigners, but this case cast doubts on the reliability of the list. Shi says, “Is the NIA blocking terrorists, or is it just a tool for harassing social movement activists?”

After Ho’s incident, the association questioned Jiang Yi-hua, former president of the Executive Yuan, and says, “The rights guaranteed by international conventions shouldn’t be related to nationality. So what is Jiang’s definition of democracy?”

Shi says the association is currently discussing whether or not to prosecute the negligence of the NIA and they expect to uncover the under-the-table operation of the immigration case review committee.

Translated by June
Edited by Olivia Yang

Sources:
Taiwan Association for Human Rights
Newtalk


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